Hi Gordon and hi everybody at Cameralabs.com,
I'm writing from Italy so forgive my english!
I must admit I got addicted with your video reviews, so before asking my question I thank you guys for doing this useful job.
I need your advice. I really got into photography with my good ol' Yashica FX super 2000 so I would have liked a DSLR to start my digital life. Unfortunately they're all out of my budget. I'm afraid I'll have to wait some time before I can put my hands on one of 'em. I can spend up to 250 Pounds!
That's how we get to the point. I decided to buy me a digital camera, a compact one. But I love good quality photography and I need manual controls. I can describe myself as an enthousiast, as you say. But not really a professional, I guess.
What camera would you say it's good for my needs, listed down here in priority order:
- Good image quality (that's obvious, I know, but when you say a camera shows noise at 100 ISO, well, I wouldn't like it, I guess);
- Shutter and aperture priority (I liked the way the Canon g7 and g9 manage the thing!);
- If possible, more than 3x (not necessarily much more, but.. you know, like 4, 5 or 6x would be enough);
- Good (decent, let's say!) quality with low light;
- look and feel (love retro style, love the Sony slims too)
- wide angle
- good quality display
- onscreen grid
- movie capability
- flip out screen
End of the list!!
By the way, what about RAW mode? I never used it but I think it's better to have it, isn't it? although it seems to be an unusual feature on compact cameras unfortunately.
I loved the G9, but what about its price?!
I loved the pannie LX2 with its wonderful widescreen, but what about noise and noise reduction?!
The DMC FX30 isn't bad at all, but the image quality? Even at 100 ISO?!
Maybe the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100?
Or the new Canon PowerShot A650 IS?
Or would a good and handy sony do a fine job too?
Just to be clear, I won't ever need to make a poster out of my pictures, I'll need to watch 'em on my computer and print the best ones in 30x45 cm max. And I'm *mostly* going to shoot at low sensitivities (100-200 ISO).
They're too many! I'm so confused!
Ok, that's it. Sorry for being so detailed!
And again, THANKS.