P&S Recommendations for a DSLR User

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by rickvanr, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. rickvanr macrumors 68040


    Apr 10, 2002

    I am in love with my D80, but it's big, and when I'm out and about I'd love to have a nice P&S to play with.

    Any recommendations?

  2. jhamerphoto macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2007
    I'm in the same boat with my Sony A700. I'm looking into getting a Lumix TZ5K. With 9mp and a 10x optically stabilized leica lens, it seems like a pretty tempting offer under $400.

    But if you're not big on zoom, have no budget, and want amazing images, grab a Sigma DP1.

    Compared to all the other cameras I've looked at (and sold at work), the Lumix looks like a definite winner.
  3. leighonigar macrumors 6502a

    May 5, 2007
    How much an how serious? The canon G9 is the obvious suggestion. Or a ricoh GR2
  4. onomatopoeia macrumors 6502


    Dec 9, 2007
    Seems like it's just hitting stores but I'm looking at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500. It's an "ultra-portable" but has all manual options which is nice. No RAW but I'm cool with just JPEG for a pocket camera.
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
  6. rickvanr thread starter macrumors 68040


    Apr 10, 2002
    The Sigma is gorgeous! However, I've budgeted myself for somewhere around a third of it's price.

    Budget ~ $300
    Zoom ~ 3x

    I was recommended a Lumix FS3 or a Nikon P60 from a guy at Henry's.
  7. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    I was in exactly the same situation - I wanted a relatively simple, compact P&S that was capable of producing good quality images that I could carry with me when I didn't want to lug round my Canon 30D etc.

    Being a "Canon" person I obviously checked out the G9 but wasn't impressed because it could hardly be called "compact" and in spite of being a Canon, didn't, in my opinion, produce images that merited the relatively expensive outlay for a so-called "compact camera".

    Eventually I settled for the Panasonic TZ3 which, with its superb 28-280mm Leica lens, really "fitted the bill" as far as I was concerned and satisfied all my requirements. Needless to say, I thoroughly recommend this camera - it produces images that, up to A4 size prints, favourably compare with those from my 30D with "L" lenses!!

    The only caviat regarding the Panasonic was the fact that it took a bit of time to get used to using the 3" LCD screen as a viewfinder!!
  8. ButtUglyJeff macrumors 6502a


    Mar 9, 2008
    New York. The state, not the toilet.
    I love how the ISO settings are on a separate dial on the Canon G9, very convenient. Though I have to admit it ain't much smaller then a SLR without a lense attached...............
  9. lasuther macrumors 6502a

    Feb 13, 2004
    Grand Haven, Michigan
    While not a P&S, I just picked up the Olympus E420 with 25mm Pancake lens DLSR. Its slightly bigger than a P&S. I've been using it constantly as a walk around for a few weeks and its amazing.

    Check out www.cameralabs.com for video reviews of the camera and lens.
  10. odinsride macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    Canon SD1100 is perfect..it's what I bought to compliment my SLR

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