I'm on the hunt for a new compact camera but just can't make up my mind what to get.
Needs to have a modest zoom, like 24-70
Fast lens - 1.8, 2.8 etc
Video capability HD or 4K
My prime contenders have been these but not totally convinced by any of them.
I was totally sold on the Lumix DMC-LX100 in mark 1 or 2 guise - love the 'pro' design, dials, handling, fast lens and image quality.
Would have bought one but have read about problems with dust getting on the sensor which unlike DSLR sensors is very expensive to get cleaned.
Sony RX100 IV - image quality seems to be universally praised, bright lens and very good video.
Not so keen on the 'amateur' looking design and handling with the small fiddly dials. High price, even second hand.
Lumix TZ100- bit like the Sony but with much longer zoom. My mother got one recently and I was very impressed with her results without any processing at all. I expect shooting in RAW and post-processing could really push the camera even further. Maybe I should borrow it for a while!!
If any one has any thoughts on other cameras I should look at I would be most interested.
The reality is that all zoom lenses that extend and contract can suck in dust, which then ends up inside the lens. The only lenses that don't suffer from this issue are the ones that have internal zoom and internal focus.
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The RX100 series are excellent compacts and I've had (and still have) several variants. Some of the earlier ones are still available and provide very good value for money. Very robust and they also deliver excellent video. The image quality from them stands up pretty well against some heavy duty pro systems too.
I chose to get this slightly bigger camera than I was previously looking at as it has a APS-C image sensor and is capable of very impressive results.
It's not the latest model so is already heavily discounted in stores. I bought it from Jessops with a free case and also £100 cashback from Sony, which took the price under what some people are asking second-hand.
The build quality feels quite superb and it feels so comfortable to hold with its decent size grip. The only real trade-off is that the lens isn't amazingly fast but I'm not worried about that. Really looking forward to using it.
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