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Old 5th January 2017, 05:38 AM   #676
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There are quite a few photography buffs here...anyone have suggestions for a new camera?

My spec is below...not sure if any single camera fits these requirements:

1. Most important requirement: takes good pictures (lens + sensor)

2. Need wide angle (Hotel pics), close-up (Food pics), telephoto (airport pics, air-to-ground pics). Ideally a zoom lens.

3. Not too large or heavy. Already have too much in my carry-on.

4. Shoots HD video. 4K nice to have, but not essential.

5. Optical image stabilization would be useful.

6. The camera will be used to shoot holidays, food and TRs. But folks here already know that.

Any advice appreciated!
My major was actually in photography, but old school silver-gelatin as digital cameras weren't much good in the early 90's.

I actually choose not to get a DSLR, even though I was trained on SLR and large-format cameras, because it makes photography too much of an effort and because the sheer weight of so many lenses makes a tripod even more necessary. I also like to get discreet shots and a massive camera strapped around one's neck lets everyone know what you're up to.

I'm still so in love with my Canon G1X that I haven't looked to replace it even though it's almost 5 years old now. I teach with these cameras too. My only reservation in recommending the Canon Powershot G series is that more recent models have such a complex numbering system that I can't be sure which one to suggest. The highlight for me is that I've been able to get high quality photos at night in low light conditions. I've also enlarged a photo taken with it and used it as a full-wall mural behind my desk at work. Video has a bypass button which allows you to take video without changing camera mode and has been HD as standard since 2012 models. Different models have better lenses but are heavier. Lastly I really love the G1X because when I need to it can be stuffed into a jacket pocket.

Good luck with your decision!
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Old 7th January 2017, 10:53 PM   #677
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My major was actually in photography, but old school silver-gelatin as digital cameras weren't much good in the early 90's.

I actually choose not to get a DSLR, even though I was trained on SLR and large-format cameras, because it makes photography too much of an effort and because the sheer weight of so many lenses makes a tripod even more necessary. I also like to get discreet shots and a massive camera strapped around one's neck lets everyone know what you're up to.

I'm still so in love with my Canon G1X that I haven't looked to replace it even though it's almost 5 years old now. I teach with these cameras too. My only reservation in recommending the Canon Powershot G series is that more recent models have such a complex numbering system that I can't be sure which one to suggest. The highlight for me is that I've been able to get high quality photos at night in low light conditions. I've also enlarged a photo taken with it and used it as a full-wall mural behind my desk at work. Video has a bypass button which allows you to take video without changing camera mode and has been HD as standard since 2012 models. Different models have better lenses but are heavier. Lastly I really love the G1X because when I need to it can be stuffed into a jacket pocket.

Good luck with your decision!
Thanks for sharing this, SQ228! Photography is an interesting subject / major...it is both an art and a science I think...will need tips from you on both next time we meet!

I agree with your comment that a small camera is more discreet...I think a lot of folks onboard the plane would turn and stare if I started snapping the type of pictures I snap with a big DSLR...with a compact, or better still an iPhone, most folks don't pay much notice...on the other hand, other folks like SQueeze do use a DSLR (I think) and the pictures are fantastic! Also need to get my hands on Kyo's Leica...
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Old 7th January 2017, 10:59 PM   #678
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Sure thing, let me know... just saw the message you left

And just flew back in from BKK, so the camera is ready for you
Sounds good! Am out of town for the next couple of weeks...will PM when I am back...

BKK over New Year must have been a lot of fun!
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I bought the M2 some years ago. And I still use it. As a compact, it's wonderful - light and portable. Great in low light, indoors especially museums etc. Noise is mostly tolerable if you use the pics for social media, etc.

The downside of the M2 to me was the autofocus. An example would be when shooting through a plane's window; it would focus on the window not the outside - I have to go into manual focus to deal with it (not easy if you use reading glasses). The other negative would be the battery - but easily solved by buying one or two spares.

I presume the M5 has solved the autofocus problem, though I understand that the battery performance is worse. Let me know how you test it.
Seems quite a few folks here are fans of the Sony, whether M2, M3 or M5! Been reading reviews of the new M5 and most reviews have been very positive! The autofocus on the M5 seems pretty advanced now.
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Sounds good! Am out of town for the next couple of weeks...will PM when I am back...

BKK over New Year must have been a lot of fun!
Bangkok was fireworks-less this year. Well, one lone guy kept sending up one firework after another underneath Red Sky. He's probably locked up by now...

Sony's RX100 M5 is amazing for what it is.

BTW, there's a more affordable Leica option now, called the SoFort
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BTW, there's a more affordable Leica option now, called the SoFort
Excellent name for a German camera.
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Old 13th January 2017, 09:47 PM   #682
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Excellent name for a German camera.
LOL, aren't you partly German?
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Excellent name for a German camera.
I looked it up...the SoFort is a very unusual, even strange, design!
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Old 15th January 2017, 01:47 AM   #684
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LOL, aren't you partly German?
No, just fluent on days when I feel up to it...

For anyone unaware, sofort means immediately.
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