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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 11:01 am 
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Hello,

My wife wants to get a lighter camera, she does bush walking in the Blue Mountains, Australia. I gave her my D3000, with the standard 18-55 kit lens. But it is to big, the weight for hiking is an issue, plus the temperatures are pretty high. So I suggested a point and shoot, I think she will need something with good low light ability, as she does go into canyons on occassion, the lens as wide angle as possible, a good battery life and easy to use. So if anyone has any clues, I would appreciate your comments.

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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 3:11 pm 
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What about the Nikon 1's. With the adapter she/you could still use your lenses if needed?

There's also the new COOLPIX A?

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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 8:44 pm 
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Well she isn't into cameras as much as me, not at all. Shoots on auto all the time, as for lenses I doubt she would want to do that, and the terrain she goes through is difficult, therefore I wouldnt want to lend my lenses. One of the walkers with her dropped their camera at the weekend, chipped it badly. So a point and shoot, compact, with as wide an angle as possible and a bright lens, could be a tall order. I don't have a clue about these types of camera really, I have a real camera you see 8) will look into the Coolpix A, thanks!

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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 2:22 am 
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if size and weight is an issue something like canon S110 or S100 would be a good option. Its good in low light, small light. I have an earlier version, the nice thing about it is that the cover slips across the lens, so its very easy for slipping into the pocket.

there is the review here, on the verdict page there is other cameras listed.

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon ... ndex.shtml

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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 8:18 am 
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The Sony RX100 sounds like what you're looking for, as long as you don't mind spending ~$700. It's very compact, and has an f1.8 lens on the wide end. (Granted, f4.9 when zoomed in, tho.) And the large 1" sensor is very good in low light. (See Gordon's review page.)

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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 9:23 am 
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I would second on the RX100. It looks like a hell of a compact. But keep in mind that the wide end is a 28mm equivalent. Not 24.

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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 2:29 pm 
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Panasonic's LX7 is cheap these days and has a bright lens and larger sensor. The previous generation, the LX5 is cheap as chips too. Their auto mode is pretty reliable.

Olympus' ZX-2 or older zx-1 is similar and worth a look.

These are a step above the Canon S-series, and way cheaper than the (excellent) sony rx100.

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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 1:57 pm 
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Lots of good leads here, cant see her spending $700 though, so will look at the alternatives, thanks everyone :D

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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 11:46 pm 
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Just went through Gordons review on the LX7. Am I right in assuming any of these types of cameras are fixed focal lengths?

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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 9:27 am 
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You would be wrong :D

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The Lumix LX7 is fitted with a new 4.7 - 17.7mm 3.7x zoom lens which has a 35mm equivalent range of 24-90mm

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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 12:43 am 
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Hi, yeah I saw that actually, but thought I would ask just to clarify, well it looks like the LX7 will be our choice, the RX100 is $200 more, and I think the LX7 would suffice, between the help here and Gordon`s review cheers everyone :D

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:00 pm 
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Well just to update this thread, we actually ended up getting a Sony NEX 3n. We went to purchase the LX7 but where told the NEX 3n had a sensor 8 times bigger. Whether this is true or not I have little idea, the Sony has an APS-C sensor.

Certainly the photos have turned out fine, even in the places where bush walkers end up in, in the depths of the Blue Mountains for instance. So this was a surprise aiming or one camera, ending up with another. Price wise it was about $75 AU more expensive that the LX7.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:45 pm 
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Shop salespeople don't have your best interests at heart. They will sell you what they need to or what they get the best commission/profit from.

If you do your research and they throw an alternative at you, go and look into that before buying.

As it turns out, the camera you were sold is a good one, although it's probably bigger, heavier, and with a less versatile lens.

I'm surprised it was only $75 difference. Either their LX7 are expensive or they have discounted Sony Nex. Anyway, I hope she enjoys her camera!

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I have used a Canon Powershot G12 on my honeymoon, and I was pleasantly surprised by it's quality. Maybe wanna try and get one of those?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:24 pm 
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Luckily I have bought from the same shop, my Nikon gear is from there. So the people there are pretty up front, and good to deal with. I just had a 6 week old Nikon 14-24 f2.8 replaced without hesitation. Just took my word for why it stopped working. Not all shops would do the same, and at $2200 I was a bit worried.

As it turns out the NEX 3n is alright, I read afterwards some info on it. Well I dont use it much, it is my wifes camera and she seems happy enough for what it is for, it is light enough I thought, mind you compared to my camera with its lens attached it would be light. I think if we where not happy with it they would have changed it at the shop.

MTK thanks for the advice, however as I say I cannot see any reason to change from the camera we have now.

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