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Looking for good quality compact camera

Want to get a compact camera for traveling and hiking trips that shoots good quality pictures.
Not really knowledgeable about what's out there or what to consider or look for.

What should I get?
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Old 02.11.2018, 14:22
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Re: Looking for good quality compact camera

While waiting for more knowledgeable folks...what's your budget? Any features you'd particularly like to have?
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Re: Looking for good quality compact camera

Sony RX100 is a great camera, even the Mark 4 is enough for most amateur photographers (Mark 5 and 6 are also available)

If that's a little out of your price range I believe that there is a Panasonic Lumix which is similar and a little cheaper, but you miss out on some specs/quality.
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Re: Looking for good quality compact camera

If you need solid zoom, go Panasonic Lumix TZ101.
As toddsdead above said, Sony is the cream of the compact crop.
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If you need solid zoom, go Panasonic Lumix TZ101.
As toddsdead above said, Sony is the cream of the compact crop.
Depends on compact.My go to is a Leica typ-109, the Lumix equivalent is LX100. Huge difference in IQ compared to the Sony RX100 but the Sony is far more compact. I have an RX100 VI as well for the longer reach.
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Old 02.11.2018, 20:17
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Re: Looking for good quality compact camera

Looking for something with the best picture quality possible.
Man at a camera shop told me the Sony is the best at the moment.
So I figured I'd ask the good folks on EF.
Now I'm glad I did.
Now I have some other possibilities to check out.
Thanks for the feedback.
Oh yes! Id like something with a view finder, like the Sony.
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Re: Looking for good quality compact camera

I was looking for the same several months ago and was wondering between
Sony RX100 and Lumix LX100. Finally, I took the latter and have been quite happy with its overall performance, especially in low-light. Another thing I like is when you hold it with a single hand you feel you have a firm grip on it.

It had a gold award at dpreview

https://www.dpreview.com/products/pa...sonic_dmclx100

Indeed, it is not that compact and is about 100g heavier than RX100. And yes, it has a quite good view finder. But it sticks out from the back, so if you want a really compact one that you can easily put into your pocket, RX100 would be a better choice.
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Re: Looking for good quality compact camera

If the Image quality really is important you might consider something slightly bigger. I personally have become a fan of the Sony Alpha a6300. This Line has interchangeable Lenses which can still be further used once you decide to get a newer Body.
The quality of a compact Camera is pretty much reached by any Smartphone nowadays, but the real advantage of a Camera still is a good Lens. And for the Alpha Line there are some decent Lenses out there!
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Re: Looking for good quality compact camera

It's very hard to give advice without an understanding of budget and the sort of photography you like to do. Fujifilm makes some excellent cameras for their size - both the x100f, which has a fixed prime lens (no zoom) and the "X-Pro 2" which adds interchangeable lenses.
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Old 03.11.2018, 11:48
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It's very hard to give advice without an understanding of budget and the sort of photography you like to do. Fujifilm makes some excellent cameras for their size - both the x100f, which has a fixed prime lens (no zoom) and the "X-Pro 2" which adds interchangeable lenses.

I've set myself no budget.

My priority is picture quality then compactness.
So I'm willing to pay the extra Frank if its worth it!

Basically I just want to point and shoot.

So auto focus should be good.

And a good view finder is preferable.
I don't want to look at screens to take photos anymore.
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I've set myself no budget.

My priority is picture quality then compactness.
So I'm willing to pay the extra Frank if its worth it!

Basically I just want to point and shoot.

So auto focus should be good.

And a good view finder is preferable.
I don't want to look at screens to take photos anymore.
If shooting RAW Leica/Panny. If you're doing jpeg, the Sony engine is right there. LX100 II is out already, so the Leica variant will probably be out before Xmas. Sony has probably the fastest AF around. Sony HX95/99 are out soon if you need reach vs IQ.
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Old 08.11.2018, 18:58
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Re: Looking for good quality compact camera

Well I've checked out cameras this weekend at meletronics.

The Sony a6300 seems to be a decent size and the salesman told me that it has a bigger sensor then the compacts.

So am now considering it. Comes in a kit for just under 800 Sfr..

Just wondering if its worth the extra Franks over the a6000?
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Re: Looking for good quality compact camera

I find that the Sony Alphas are able of producing some fine photos.
Whenever I saw results of my peers I was pleasantly surprised.
See them as a practical transition between a compact and DSLR, without too much added bulkiness.

But I am far from a pro-tographer, so would let the others chime in on details here.
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Re: Looking for good quality compact camera

Sony rx100 v lens is f/2.8 at the telephoto zoom end.
Its sensor area is 116mm2.
A aps-c a.k.a. dx sensor area is about 430mm2.

However, if the lens is a lighway zoom which aperture is f/5.6 at the telephoto end, then there is no difference compared to the rx100 v.
(I don't know how their dynamic ranges compare, i.e. ability to capture bright areas like a white dress).

Even with a f/4 zoom there is a one f stop only of advantage over the tiny compact.

The rx100 vi has a longer lens but darker.
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Old 09.11.2018, 11:07
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Re: Looking for good quality compact camera

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Well I've checked out cameras this weekend at meletronics.

The Sony a6300 seems to be a decent size and the salesman told me that it has a bigger sensor then the compacts.

So am now considering it. Comes in a kit for just under 800 Sfr..

Just wondering if its worth the extra Franks over the a6000?


The salesman lied. The Sony RX 100 (any of them) has the same size (APS-C) sensor.


You wont go wrong with any of the alphas... but I bought the rx100 compact as I wanted something tiny that gets the same quality as my DSLRs but really fits into a pocket. With the mirrorless is the upside that you can buy loads of lenses (which most people never do). The downside is that the kit lens is way worse than the RX100 one.
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Want to get a compact camera for traveling and hiking trips that shoots good quality pictures.
Not really knowledgeable about what's out there or what to consider or look for.

What should I get?
Sony RX100 (1st generation) is a classic... takes perfectly acceptable photos and is super small and light... not to mention durable https://en.toppreise.ch/prod_280772.html

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The salesman lied. The Sony RX 100 (any of them) has the same size (APS-C) sensor.


You wont go wrong with any of the alphas... but I bought the rx100 compact as I wanted something tiny that gets the same quality as my DSLRs but really fits into a pocket. With the mirrorless is the upside that you can buy loads of lenses (which most people never do). The downside is that the kit lens is way worse than the RX100 one.
Wow, Treverus, please stop talking such nonsense with such conviction. The Sony RX100 does not even remotely have an APS-C sensor like the Sony a6300, it has a much smaller 1" sensor.

Considering you can google that in 0.5 seconds there is no excuse for being so uninformed https://www.google.ch/search?safe=st....0.a2aX8xbfJfg
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Re: Looking for good quality compact camera

ANY modern point-and-shoot camera today will produce decent pictures, technically they're all very capable devices. It's you that will make the difference and the fanboys will steer you in one direction or the other, but the fact is: the camera brand won't matter nearly as much as you. My only advice would be avoid Leica, no need to pay the brand premium. Can't go wrong with Sony (and I'm a Fuji user)
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ANY modern point-and-shoot camera today will produce decent pictures, technically they're all very capable devices. It's you that will make the difference and the fanboys will steer you in one direction or the other, but the fact is: the camera brand won't matter nearly as much as you. My only advice would be avoid Leica, no need to pay the brand premium. Can't go wrong with Sony (and I'm a Fuji user)
Oh come on that is also the kind of meaningless rubbish that wannabe "zen photographers" tell people. Some brands and models are better than others and that is why people ask for specific advice. You can't simply say "just buy any modern compact camera" as some are simply not as good as others, regardless of who is using it.
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You can't simply say "just buy any modern compact camera" as some are simply not as good as others, regardless of who is using it.
You're actually a proof that even a very capable modern camera in the wrong hands produces sub-mediocre results.
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You're actually a proof that even a very capable modern camera in the wrong hands produces sub-mediocre results.
This baseless comment is hard evidence that you are a guy with a petty character and I would be embarrassed to have written it. But hey, it is now firmly quoted for posterity.
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