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How difficult can it be to buy a compact camera?

Just a few thoughts as over the last few days I've been trying to get a suitable compact camera for my wife. Basically I need to replace my old C40Z she's been using for ages and loves. It still works fine but she finally said she wants a new camera that doesn't have the terrible shutter lag the C40Z has. So not a problem I thought one of the new Pens would be fine. Unfortunately She is stipulating it must have a viewfinder. OK EVF you say as I did so off we went to look. In the shop even before asking about the EVF she took one look at an EPM1 and said nope the lens is too long, so it's not going to be pocketable enough. So I thought XZ1 or 2 ? yes that would have been fine but the EVF is just too ugly and bulky, she really needs an integral viewfinder. OK next thought ah an OMD then well just a fleeting thought as its too much of a camera for her and way too expensive. So where do I go now. I've tried the Fuji X10 (at £299 in Currys) which has a beautiful OVF and thought I'd cracked it but when she saw it she said oh no I don't want to turn the lens to zoom (I thought that was going to be a plus point). So next try was a Canon G15 seemed to fit the bill but wait ah no the feel of the grip wasn't right the surface feel made her cringe a bit like those micro fibre cloths. Well now I'm really out of ideas so help what else is out there that has a viewfinder (so she doesn't have to use her reading glasses all the time to use the camera) and is compact and at least handbag friendly in size if not pocketable. Surely this isn't too much to ask? surely there is a market out there for a modern upto date fast C40Z.
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Re: How difficult can it be to buy a compact camera?

Nikon P7100.
A little long in the tooth now ( They are up to P7700),but solid, great picture quality, and she doesn't have to switch the zoom on, but I bet she does

Or one of the new Sony's, they have some superb models out there now.

Or the new Olympus Tough TG-2, super write-ups.
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Re: How difficult can it be to buy a compact camera?

What about this - a good deal:

http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-n...amera/p1527087
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Re: How difficult can it be to buy a compact camera?

Dont think Oly has a compact with a viewfinder...certainly not when I looked about a year ago...ended up with a fuji X10...my carry round and travel camera...still have yet to find the pocket compact camera
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Re: How difficult can it be to buy a compact camera?

I have the P7100 and think it's a belter. Not super compact, similar to the pens in size. Thats a good price too, mine was £140 more and no free case!
Treat it like a point and shoot if you wish but with lots of easy access to iso, wb etc and dedicated exp compensation dial if you want to get more involved.
Prefer the zoom to be on a ring on the lens myself though, easier to control.
OVF a disappearing item unfortunately, good luck with the search!
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Re: How difficult can it be to buy a compact camera?

That's brilliant guys the Nikon P7100 looks to be pretty close to the mark. The newer P7700 has lost it's OVF!! let's see what the boss says.
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Re: How difficult can it be to buy a compact camera?

I'd make her ttry the Fuji again, I don't have one but I'd rather get one of those than the Nikon P7100.
Second-hand Canon G10? : bit chunky.
You know Canon make a slim Powershot A1400, and before that A1300, and I've got an A1000IS and this series is the last with a tiny OVF and completely pocketable.
We ONLY buy compacts with viewfinders and Canon's seemed to be the last of this type.
My Canon A1000IS does what it says on the tin, and it's cheap and great on battery life.
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Re: How difficult can it be to buy a compact camera?

Nikon got the response - hmm that's a lot bigger & heavier than my current Oly, and to be fair it is. The difficulty replacing the C40Z just shows how good a package the Oly was/still is. Ulfric I agree my own preference would have been for the Fuji and to go for the model up the X20. However your suggestion of the Canon A1400 has a lot of merit as it's really cheap and that would mean more money left over for my own upgrade
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Re: How difficult can it be to buy a compact camera?

If she doesn't like the zooming on the X20, you should buy the X100 - no need to zoom at all
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Re: How difficult can it be to buy a compact camera?

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I find the XZ-1 a great little camera and I was expecting to desperate for a Viewfinder for it but other than occasdionally lifting it to my eye I am OK without it so far.
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Re: How difficult can it be to buy a compact camera?

Easy this one, you could say child's play...

Lego Digital Blue LG10002 Digital Camera: Amazon.co.uk: Camera & Photo Lego Digital Blue LG10002 Digital Camera: Amazon.co.uk: Camera & Photo


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Re: How difficult can it be to buy a compact camera?

Look even that Lego cam has a vuefinder
Status so far still no decision. Options well pretty much all my quality camera vuefinder options have been dismissed although the Canon A1400 does seem to tick all the boxes and it is really cheap (not much more than the Lego cam!) but I just wonder how good the image & video quality would be and how fast it will focus.
If we accept no finder well then the options seem endless.
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Re: How difficult can it be to buy a compact camera?

My little Canons all focus fast and make nice pictures. My Pens are better but ...
Put it this way : we use 4/3rds & m4/3rds most of the time and my wife's still happy to take our A1000IS when she hasn't much space. The colours are different, the ultimate IQ is lower but in normal print and web sizes it's absolutely fine : better than most of my friends' compact camera results.
However if money's no object get her to try the Fuji X10 again : I was handling it in PCWorld yesterday and the OVF meshes so well with the on/off/zoom ring it feels genius. Lovely camera but WAY to expensive for me.
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Re: How difficult can it be to buy a compact camera?

I agree Ulfric I loved the X10 as well. Especially as it was on special offer last week at Currys.
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Re: How difficult can it be to buy a compact camera?

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I agree Ulfric I loved the X10 as well. Especially as it was on special offer last week at Currys.
What was the offer may I ask? The improvements on the new X20 mean I've not even looked at the X10 in my hunt for new compact. I'm coming down between the X20 and the Sony RS100 - the main difference being the Fuji has the viewfinder and the fast 2.8 lens throughout the zoom, and the Sony is really pocketable and is amazing at everything else.

I've not had the chance to try either of them though so still on the fence here...

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