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Old 14th April 2011
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I've been contacted by a friend who is looking to buy a compact camera with manual controls, she has narrowed down the field to one of either Olympus XZ1, Panny LX5 or the Finepix X100, I'm flattered as she has asked my advice, the problem is that I've not used any of the above and so don't really know what the answer is! Does anyone here have any experience with these that I could pass on?

Thanks for any assistance.
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Re: Compact Opinions Please..

Whenever anyone asks me these questions, I offer the following advice.

Go to a good camera shop and ask to try them out. Often the feel and the way it works for the individual is important, as the cameras performance is near enough the same in each case.

The Olympus lens axis control is very similar to the way old 35mm cameras worked and is quite intuative to work with.

Always keep in mind how long you have had to work to get the money to buy the thing, so make the shop earn it from you

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Re: Compact Opinions Please..

And if you do go to a shop and play with their stock, buy it from them rather than a cheapo web supplier. Otherwise before long there won't be any more shops to try stuff in.

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The Fuji is getting disappointing comments from users. It is a high price with slow download times and a fixed lens.

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Re: Compact Opinions Please..

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... compact camera with manual controls, she has narrowed down the field to one of either Olympus XZ1, Panny LX5 or the Finepix X100, I'm flattered as she has asked my advice, ...
Coincidentally I was in the camera shop today (Wilkinsons, Carlisle) in the vain hope they'd got an EVF in ...
Anyway there was this older couple and they'd already got the Oly XZ1 and Lumix GF2 on the bench. The sales girl couldn't find them the e-pL2 until I arrived and asked for the same model using my pointy finger.
So, we got into a discussion about something to replace the wife's digital contax (?maybe) and the bloke said he had wanted to try the LX5.
The sales girl allowed me to go into nerdy mode so I explained the m4/3rds stuff and the XZ1 and the LX5 and the LX3 (Sorry Canon I forgot to plug the S90 types). They didn't have the LX5 but I know in the past they have stocked both the LX3 and the Leica version, together.
Anyway I hope they get the XZ1 'cos it was rather cool and they don't really want to be into changing lenses. It really felt good and looked the business.
The Sony NEX had its humunguous kit LENS on so that was way too big.
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Re: Compact Opinions Please..

My wife has had the LX3 for a while, it's really a great little camera, I've used it quite often (that is until I my E-PL2 arrived recently ) and have been very pleased with results from it. It's very well built, easy to use and the rear screen is of high quality, best of all the lens is fast and of high quality.

And as far as I understand the LX5 improves on the virtues of the LX3 so that would also get the thumbs up from me.

Finally although I've not tried the ZX1 but reading the reviews it seems Olympus currently has pretty much the front runner in the field.

I would have thought all three should be worthy of serious consideration.
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The X100 is huge for a compact and very expensive, too.

For almost a third of the price of an X100 you have the Oly XZ1 or the Panny LX5. Both are nice, although I haven't compared images back to back. The Panasonic goes wider, which may be its ace card. The Olympus has PenPal accessory compatibility, especially for the VF2 optical finder.

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Re: Compact Opinions Please..

Thanks for all the comments an opinions here, all very valid.

I'll be sure to pass on these pearls of wisdom
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Thanks for all the comments an opinions here, all very valid.

I'll be sure to pass on these pearls of wisdom
Any news on what was chosen yet?

Just received an XZ-1, it's charging its battery at the moment.

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Re: Compact Opinions Please..

Both are great cameras on paper. I don't know the XZ-1 but gathering good reviews everywhere is a good sign. Up to now, I've trusted the Panasonic models for compacts and I have never been disappointed.

However, if I had to buy a compact right now and price was an issue, then I'd go for the Samsung EX-1. I tried one and was impressed with the built quality and results obtained. When you compare its functions with other compacts, it more than stands its own, offering full manual control to boot, and an f1.8 lens. It only lacks raw burst really and its lens being 24-72 is not as polyvalent as the 24-90 of the Lumix or the 28-112 of the Olympus.

But consider the following street prices or best online prices you can find:

XZ-1: around 330
LX-5: around 310
EX-1: around 230

I defy you to find a camera offering so much for so little.

Saying that, if money is no object then I'm sure your friend would be happy with the XZ-1, great specs in a stylish body.
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