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Advice on replacing my Canon G12 please

 
Stiga
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Sep 19, 2017 08:26 |  #1

My Canon G12 is on the way out as it has the dreaded scratched lens after 4 years of use. (I have heard of others who hav had the same problem and presume that the auto-lend cover is damaged.) See the "milky" patch in the trees just above the far bale:

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I don't want a all singing all dancing model and and it does not have to be a Canon. An Oly or Panasonic would be suitable.

Here are my must have criteria.


  1. Viewfinder (optical or EVF)
  2. Auto-bracketed RAW shooting, preferably ±3EV but ±2 would be okay
  3. Function buttons that can be programmed for auto-bracketing
  4. Good reolution at infinity
  5. Weight: 500g (1.1lb) to 750g
  6. Zoom (minimum spec.): 28- 135mm
  7. Prices: less than $475 / £350


These features would be nice but are not deal breakers.


  1. Lens hood (the one on my Canon G12 obscured the viewfinder and was seldom used)
  2. Thickness: less than 60mm so I can slip it into an anorak pocket
  3. Very fast RAW storage when auto-bracketing


All advice an comments will be gratefully received.

P.S. I have just found a refurbished Oly Stylus 1 for £320 - ????

Martin
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Oct 19, 2017 02:07 |  #2

Have you considered starting with dpreview's camera feature search?

https://www.dpreview.c​om/products/search/cam​eras# (external link)!


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Oct 19, 2017 02:49 |  #3

What's your price range???

Canon G5x has a view finder and is virtually the same camera as the much smaller G7xmk2. The G5x is just 100 dollars more but justifiable imo.

This is of course if your wanting to stick to canon and canon colours and want a 1 inch sensor point/shoot.

The G9xmk2 is 28-84mm equiv. Something to consider but iirc the lens quality is not as good as the G7xmk2 or G5x.


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Oct 19, 2017 03:07 |  #4

+1

Great starting point.




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Oct 19, 2017 04:29 |  #5

Thanks to all for your responses.

inkista/Butts I have been reading dpreview reviews for many years but, somehow I have missed the Camera Features Search. That's a really useful link - now bookmarked :-)

Alan, I bought the G5 X. As the UK pound is plummeting against the Yen and the US$, I decided not to hold off any longer. I ordered it last Friday from Amazon and, to my surprise, it arrived a day early on Sunday! It is a delight to use and carry but I had a battle with the multitudinous menu. It#s difficult to teach an old dog new tricks!

I have found many plus points so far but on the minus side I an name: slow buffering when shooting AEB and below average focussing in low light. Despite the drawbacks, here is a real world test:

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A hand-held (elbows on a rail) bracketed set of 3 (±3 EV) tonemapped with Photomatix. They were taken on a dull day in a dimly lit cow shed! I can live with this :-)

Thanks again for your advice.

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Oct 19, 2017 09:02 |  #6

I would check on used LX100.


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Oct 19, 2017 10:15 |  #7

kf095 wrote in post #18475950 (external link)
I would check on used LX100.

Thanks. I did look at the LX10 but turned it down because:

  • Screen is not touch-sensitive
  • 16Mp sensor only produces 12Mp images
  • Lens quite prone to flare

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