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Old 02-17-2010, 11:15 AM
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I'm in the market for a new digital camera. Something better than a point and shoot, but I don't need an SLR. I have owned and used several of the Canon G series, and I'm leaning toward the G11. Sub $500 range, with manual settings and a nice sized LCD. Any others I should consider?

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Old 02-17-2010, 12:42 PM
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My brother-in-law just got the G11. I like the detachable/rotating LCD screen - that's a pretty slick improvement over my G9.
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My brother-in-law just got the G11. I like the detachable/rotating LCD screen - that's a pretty slick improvement over my G9.
Yeah, I like that feature too. That was a feature on the G1-G6, then they did away with it for the G7-G10 and reintroduced it on the G11. How does your bro-in-law like the G11?
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Old 02-17-2010, 12:55 PM
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His wife has it in her hands every time I see her (including last night at Casa Bonita ). They were in the same boat as many - downsizing from an SLR, but wanting more out of a P&S. I think they both really dig it.
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His wife has it in her hands every time I see her (including last night at Casa Bonita ).
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I have an older Canon S- series that I really like. I have a Rebel but I'm tired of hauling lenses that I may or may not want/need to use ... the SX20 IS is on my short list as a replacment for both.
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Old 02-17-2010, 03:58 PM
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This is a GREAT camera...I've read that many pros (nikon and/or canon users) will choose this G11 as their "point and shoot" camera. IMO Canon's got the market on point and shoots...they are just plain better than the others. Especially when you look at the shutter lag numbers. I say...get it!
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Martin, I purchased the Panasonic Lumix LX3 for work, and I really love it. The pictures it takes are amazing for a point and shoot. It has a Leica F/2 lens the makes all the difference. It also boasts a much larger CCD than most small cameras. The price is $100 less than when I bought it a month ago.

Here's what sold me on it: DPReview's 2008 holiday prosumer Enthusiast digital compact comparison. Here was their conclusion:
The Panasonic LX3 gets so many things right that we knew before we started it would be the camera to beat in this group. It's not that it has the highest measurable resolution (the Canon G10 wins that one) or the biggest zoom range (in fact its one of the smallest here), or even that it offers the most intuitive controls (never going to be the case with a camera so small). No, what's so impressive about the LX3 is that Panasonic has actually produced a camera aimed at photographers, not one designed by a marketing department. So instead of going for the easy option of adding even more megapixels and beefing up the other headline specs, the designers concentrated on the things that actually matter to a photographer.

Thus we get a fast zoom with a real wideangle, a superb screen and excellent image quality, including high ISO performance puts most competitors to shame. The LX3 is positively understated compared to some of its competitors, which loudly proclaim the 'bigger is better' rather than 'less is more', and it's a far, far better camera for it. It's small enough to carry anywhere, fast and subtle enough for street photography and good enough to produce a decent 8x10 without the need to use raw.

Of course it's not perfect; the controls are pretty fiddly (as it's so small) and there's no telephoto to speak of, but if you want telephoto you're not going to be considering this camera. If you want more SLR like controls and a longer zoom - and don't mind the bulk - go for the Canon G10. Me personally? By that point I'm using an SLR. For a carry anywhere 'walk around' camera I'd go for the LX3 every time.
I love my big Nikon D200, but the LX3 fits in my coat pocket. I pretty much have it with me where ever I go.

If you want to try it, I'll bring it to the next RS meeting.

Edit: I added a picture of the Leica version for comparison.
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Matt,

I think that panasonic is basically this leica for less $$. I may be off here, but that was the dinner table conversation we had about it a few months ago.

http://us.leica-camera.com/photograp...meras/d-lux_4/

My folks got the leica this winter and I got the chance to use it a lot over the christmas break. I liked it a lot. The panasonic you posted is what I was thinking about getting.

I just bought a panasonic Lumix for work:

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...S&Sp=C&topnav=

and have to say that it is a really nice camera.. but then again anything is nicer than my old coolpix...

It takes GREAT close up shots.
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Matt,

I think that panasonic is basically this leica for less $$. I may be off here, but that was the dinner table conversation we had about it a few months ago.

http://us.leica-camera.com/photograp...meras/d-lux_4/

My folks got the leica this winter and I got the chance to use it a lot over the christmas break. I liked it a lot. The panasonic you posted is what I was thinking about getting.
Same camera, half the price. Plus, on the Lumix version you don't have to buy the hand grip separate.

The forums say that Leica processes the images slightly better on the version with their name on it, but it sounds like a negligible difference.
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The Lumix LX3 looks intriguing. I'd like to check it out, thanks for the info Matt.
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