I own the Nikon D3X and several heavy lenses. It's a great camera. But, I can't carry it around in my pocket everyday. Sometimes you see a very special shot that follows Murphy's law, which dictates your D3X will be at home.
I have read many reviews. I would like to stay with Nikon, such as the P6000. But, reviews seem to favor the Panasonic LX3 and Canon G10.
What is your opinion for a camera you can carry everywhere, everyday.
There's also the recently announced Canon G11, which has lower resolution than the G10 or P6000, but promises improved noise handling.
Personally, I don't use Nikon point and shoots, primarily because I think there are better choices. The LX3 is more pocketable (if that's a word) than a G10, P6000 or the future G11, but it also has a narrower zoom range. Lately, I've been using an Olympus E-P1, but while compact, it's not the kind of thing you stuff in a pocket, unless it's a large one.
I've been playing with the P6000, G10, EP-1 and the LX-3. To me the clear winner was the LX-3. Small, good IQ (for a compact) and sturdy. The EP-1 was just too sluggish and slightly too big in my opinion. The G10 too bulky/heavy and IQ only average. The P6000...let's just say that Nikon should be ashamed.
Thu 20-Aug-09 05:13 AM | edited Thu 20-Aug-09 12:20 PM by ryofu
Hmmm... a photograph that was taken by my Coolpix S700 has just found its way on a hardback cover of a new book. As such, I really couldn't complain. With good PP even this camera's pictures work out fine at ca. 16 x 13 cm.
I'll throw my two cents in with several others. The point and shoot competitors you mentioned offer some great value, and don't forget to look at Sony. If Nikon had an exciting point and shoot offering I'd buy it but the form factor and performance of the competition is hard to overlook. A small package with high ISO is what I want in my pocket.
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I use the Canon G10. It is too big to be a pocket camera, but it is definitely lighter and smaller than my D3 and lens. I wanted a PS that shoots RAW. I also choose the G10 because of its manual and custom shooting options that the other PS don't have. And finally I just like how the G10 looks and feels. It is comfortable in my hand and I like its retro look.
I must be in the minority because I actually love my P6000 now that there's universal raw support for it. I find the Nikon ergonomics and menu displays and navigation very familiar when transitioning to/from my DSLRs and it feels like a very intuitive camera for a Nikon shooter. It's my #1 travel compact. YMMV.
As regards the other candidates, I had the G10 for quite a while and whilst the image quaity was excellent, the ergonomics sucked big time for me. Navigating though the menus and even simple tasks such as review took a mental leap from what I am used to with my other Nikon cameras - enough so that it frustrated the heck out of me. Big & bulky too. But, as I said earlier though, I can't fault it for image quality.
I have the Ricoh GRD II which is another 'photographer's camera'. I carry this in the car although the 28mm lens is perhaps restrictive for more general use. I love it.
I've been through the LX1/LX2 path and whilst good cameras I found the tiny controls a problem with larger hands/fingers. Again, YMMV.
The new G11 looks very interesting with it's supposed better DR and sane MP configuration. Kudos for Canon in this respect. I'lm waiting eagerly to see how it really performs.
I use the little Olympus Mu (I can't do the symbol!) 720.
The pictures aren't the best quality.... it's only 7 Mp, but it allows you to take pictures where you normally couldn't. Like in the swimming pool!
If you've had it in salt water or anything nasty, you soak it in a bucket of fresh water for ten minutes then wipe clean!
It's super... shock proof from 1.5M, waterproof to 5M, dust proof and works in extreme temperatures. All in a diddy little package that will fit in your shirt pocket.
It's a fantastic piece of engineering; I've had it for nearly two years, really abused it and it's still like new.
Prior to that I had a Nikon point and shoot (can't remember the model number) and although the pictures were nice, it gave up after 6 months in Dubai. It couldn't handle the sand. The shop wouldn't replace it because they believed I'd dropped it (they found sand between the lens and the cover!).
My tiny Canon SD770IS Digital Elf goes with me whenever I don't want to carry my big rig. It makes superb images and fits in the smallest pocket. It also has a very nice video mode which is handy at restaurants and parties.
It is definitely not an enthusiasts camera and doesn't have much manual control, but I don't miss it when shooting party snaps. I just use one of the 'picture' modes when I want different depths of field or to stop action.
Before I purchased a D3, Nikon's Coolpix 8700 was a really terrific performer. I have awesome pictures with this versatile little camera. It is very light and small although bigger than your pocket. You an probably get a used one for a very reasonable price.
While the Coolpix 8700 does not fit in a shirt pocket (it does fit in a coat pocket) it is very light and compact. I still have mine from before I got a D70 and have always been very impressed with it. At 8 megapixels it produces stunning prints up to about 11x14. It has a very useful articulating screen and 8x zoom. I have never had a reason to replace it though I must admit I did acquire a Canon D10 which is an underwater (to 33 ft.), shockproof (4 ft. onto concrete), and of course dustproof point and shoot. At 12 megapixels and shirt pocket size the pictures are fine if you don't shoot over ISO 400. With a built in flash, image stabilization and lanyard system I thought it was pretty reasonable for $300.
I also have a Coolpix 4500 which I have kept because it is my only camera that focuses at one half inch from an object (plus the articulating body is just cool).