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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 7:39 am 
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Hi everyone,

I've just joined and want to jump right in with a question or 2...

I am in the market for a decent compact and just can't get my head around the choices - I've always owned & used EOS DSLR's and feel drawn to Canons, but have you any suggestions?
I have been looking at the Canon G1x, G1x II, G16 and the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II.
I would obviously like great image quality - which isn't a problem with these cameras - but Wifey says she'd like great video capability.

Also, has anyone had any experience buying from the US? I note that a G1X II can be delivered to my door - after paying duty and shipping - for about £100 less than buying in the UK - is this too good to be true?

Thanks in advance,

Goose


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 1:36 am 
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Well, I personally wouldn't call either the G1 X or G16 "compact", especially relative to the RX100.

I'd also note that the G16 doesn't do 1080/24p. Although, as I've noted a bunch of times before, for "great video" the vast majority of people would be better off with a dedicated video camera.

Full disclosure: I own an RX100 (original) - Mark

P.S. I have a lot of experience buying from the U.S. since I'm in the U.S. :-) But seriously, note that there may be warranty/support issues with "grey market" imports.

P.P.S. you may also want to note that there's a rumor that the RX100 III will have a lens that is much faster/brighter on the long end. (f1.8-2.8 vs f1.8-4.9).


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:55 pm 
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Mark,

Thanks for the reply.

Yes, I take your point about the 'compact' G1x/G16. :D

I have been 99% swayed by the RX100 II, I cant really find a reason not to buy one & don't like the extra cost of the G1X II.

I'll post some images when the deal is done and I've returned from my Corfu trip in August.

P.S. As far as my Wife is concerned the Sony produces great video...OK? :wink:

P.P.S. Can you recommend a filter system for the Sony?


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:42 am 
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Can you recommend a filter system for the Sony?

Unfortunately, I can't. Since the lens retracts into the camera body, any filter system that I'm aware of requires gluing/taping a mount to the front of the lens barrel. And that's something I'd prefer not to do.

Looking forward to seeing some pics from your trip, tho - Mark


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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 2:30 am 
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Welcome to the forum! :)

I cannot be very helpful regarding your questions. I find most compacts to be too small, too "fiddly," and too complex, so I tend to stay with the simplicity and handling qualities of DSLRs. I tried to learn to like the Sony RX100, by repeatedly visiting a local electronics store, but the little devil became more maddening to me with each visit, so I dropped the idea.

I finally bought a Nikon A, from the Coolpix line, in name, but better-built and better-featured than other Coolpix cameras, with an APS-C sensor and excellent fixed-focal-length lens. It plays well with full-sized Speedlights, too, so can act as a true companion to a DSLR. The slow sales of the A indicate that not many people share my enthusiasm for such a camera, but my wife and I both love it.

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