Update: Compact camera selection

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Having spent some time playing around with the Nikon P5100 in shop, it is very hard to find a good enough compact camera when you are used to using DSLR. The autofocus on compact cameras is just lacking the speed. But, now I have my mind set on another compact camera – Panasonic DMC-LX3. This is pretty much the best compact camera there is.

Price and performance wise are similar to the Canon G10, but alot more compact in size


Why Panasonic DMC-LX3?

First it has a 3-inch 3:2 LCD with 460,000-dot high resolution. It offers a real 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 ratio aspect (maintaining angel of view and not by cropping). There aren’t many truly pocket-sized digicams that offer raw mode. There aren’t very many that currently offer decent HD video capability as well. There are even less that feature a truly wide angle lens (24mm), and pocket-sized camera’s with fast f/2 optics are even fewer and farther between.

Did I mention it has an amazing wide angle lens @ 24mm-60mm f/2-f/2.8? Compare to a typical f/2.8-f/5.6 lens, this provides 1 stop better at wide angle and 2 stops better when zoomed. So effectively, allows a lower ISO for the same shot.

 


Other addons….

 

 

Watch this space to see which camera I end up with.
 

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Kent is a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He and his team specialise in modern and contemporary weddings. Kent has his work published in international magazines and is a regular author to a number of photographic publication. He is fascinated by photographic equipment and enjoys showcasing the gear used in creating his images. You can find him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+
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