The Canon S95 was announced this week, it should be released in the next few weeks. The only thing ‘missing’ from it, when compared to other top-level compact cameras, is a pivoting LCD methinks.
I haven’t seen it advertised anywhere yet but it might be a little more than the other prosumer compacts that are out there. So to compare:
The Canon S95 has HD video, 28-105mm, non-pivot screen, HDR mode, about £400??
The Samsung EX1 has no HD video, 24-72mm, a pivoting screen, about £300
The Panasonic LX5 has HD video, 24-90mm, non-pivot screen, about £360
Everything else is about the same: RAW shooting, full manual control, loads of scenes, face recognition, tons of aspect ratios and all that.
I think for me the EX1 for me is out because of no HD video, so then I guess it becomes a coin toss between the Panasonic wider angle and the Canon’s better zoom. The Panasonic is probably going to be cheaper as well…
So my Canon A95 is dying a slow death. Too many drops, I guess.
I was really thinking about getting a nice fat superzoom camera (600mm lens and full HD recording? yes please!) because every now and then I like to get a little more serious about taking pictures – but then slip back into ‘simple mode’ – and sometimes I like to play around with the manual settings. The brand new (as in not yet released) Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 was what had caught my eye recently.
But now I’m thinking a superzoom will be too big for simple snapshots and possibly not techie enough for when I want to take serious photos (which isn’t that often these days and I’m happy with what I get from the A95). If I wanted to get properly into photography I’d just get a digital SLR, but that’s a minimum £600-700 investment right off the bat for a used 20D body, cheap wide angle lens and halfway decent telephoto lens.
So I’m looking at the ‘prosumer’ top-level compact cameras, the ones designed for ‘advanced amateurs’ (ahem) and professionals or DSLR owners who don’t want the bulk of their big camera on a trip, but want much of the control of their fully-featured DSLRs.
These are the models I’m thinking of:
- Canon G11
- Panasonic LX5
- Samsung EX1
- Canon S90
- Canon Ixus 300 HS
The S90 doesn’t do HD video but is very highly regarded by photographers, the LX5 and I think the G11 have tilt-swivel LCD screen, and they all have loads of manual controls and good megapixel counts.
If anyone has other suggestions or opinions on any of these, let me know!