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Canon S95 vs. Olympus XZ-1 and Panasonic DMC-LX5...which one would you get?

 
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Sep 14, 2011 22:00 |  #1

Hi guys...

I'm getting tired of my long-in-the-tooth G9 and its grainy images at anything over ISO 400...even 400 is pushing it, to be honest. It's also kind of slow and too big for what I want out of a compact camera.

So...I'm looking at the S95 (smallest of the three, but also the slowest, especially at the tele end), the XZ-1 and the DMC-LX5...which one would you go with and why?

Bit of a background...I want something I can slap in my pocket and not worry about it. I used to have an SD790 IS and I'm missing it a ton, but I want all the manual controls and the faster lenses these guys offer. I have a 1D Mark III for "serious" stuff, but I do a ton of travelling and sometimes, for day trips and stuff, I just want to take something smaller...hence the hunt for the perfect compact...aaaaaand discuss!!!

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Sep 14, 2011 22:09 |  #2

Hmmm...the Olympus looks good on paper, but seems to be taking a beating in the reviews (I plan on shooting JPEG, not RAW)

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Sep 14, 2011 22:12 |  #3

XZ-1.


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Sep 14, 2011 22:19 |  #4

So I keep on reading and reading...the Panasonic's zoom range 24-60mm (35mm equiv) looks ridiculously small...even the S95 is 28-105)...as much as I love shooting wide, one of the things I love about my G9 is the 210mm (equiv) top end...is the narrow range of the Panasonic a dealbreaker?

http://www.digitalrev.​com …hot-s95-6558-article.html (external link)

Dayummm that's good battery life on the Panasonic.

EDIT #3...as much as I hate to exclude it on superficial grounds like this...dimensions:

Canon S95: 100x58x30mm - 193g
Canon G9 106x72x43mm - 320g
Panasonic LX5: 110x66x43mm - 271g
Olympus XZ-1: 111x65x42mm - 275g

The LX5 sounds like an absolute beast by compact standards...one of the reasons I'm looking at a new camera is to have something smaller/lighter than my G9...the LX5 fails miserably in that regard. Damn...EDIT 4...looks like so does the Olympus...


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Sep 14, 2011 22:20 |  #5

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XZ-1.

While I appreciate your input, a little more information as to how you came to that conclusion would be appreciated. According to a lot of reviews, the JPEG quality on the XZ-1 outright sucks...which is too bad, because I'm REALLY trying to like that camera.


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Sep 14, 2011 23:16 |  #6

I'm throwing the Nikon P300 in the race as well...opinions??


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Sep 15, 2011 00:47 |  #7

p300 is the same thickness as the S95 and has a much smaller sensor. Pass.

The S95 is pretty depressing when you zoom in and watch the aperture fall to f4.9 just like any other compact. Manual controls are great. The XZ-1 has that big beautiful lens. Consider that it has the DOF of a kit lens on a DSLR. You can even do portraits with mild BG blur. The JPEG engine does do a bit heavier NR than Canon, but honestly when you look at samples on flickr, etc, it looks really good.


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Sep 15, 2011 02:47 |  #8

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p300 is the same thickness as the S95 and has a much smaller sensor. Pass.

The S95 is pretty depressing when you zoom in and watch the aperture fall to f4.9 just like any other compact. Manual controls are great. The XZ-1 has that big beautiful lens. Consider that it has the DOF of a kit lens on a DSLR. You can even do portraits with mild BG blur. The JPEG engine does do a bit heavier NR than Canon, but honestly when you look at samples on flickr, etc, it looks really good.

Well, I've been reading that since the P300's sensor is a CMOS and not a CCD, it actually produces respectable results...and that size is not the only thing that weighs into that debate...opinions? (Link to 100% crops with ISOs at 3200, etc)

http://www.ephotozine.​com …n-s95-vs-nikon-p300-15928 (external link)

Yeah, the long end on the Canon sucks...also, it's not a very powerful zoom to boot...yeah, I read the thing about the DOF thing on the XZ-1 and it sounds good, but the IQ samples I've seen (100% crops, granted) were not all that impressive...it looks like the XZ-1's noise reduction is too heavy handed...


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Sep 15, 2011 06:37 |  #9

I'm trying to choose between the s95('s successor) and the xz-1 myself, with the same size vs aperture consideration...
Will be watching this thread :)


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Sep 15, 2011 07:49 |  #10

The S100


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Sep 15, 2011 07:50 |  #11

Sirrith wrote in post #13106574 (external link)
I'm trying to choose between the s95('s successor) and the xz-1 myself, with the same size vs aperture consideration...
Will be watching this thread :)

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Sep 15, 2011 07:56 |  #12

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The S100

You mean this thing?
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Sep 15, 2011 07:57 |  #13

No, I mean this thing

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Sep 15, 2011 08:07 |  #14

Longer and a little slower (aperture-wise) on equivalent focal lengths. Also with a built-in GPS. I think the xz-1 is still a better buy. But since the OP only shoots JPEG, it's probably not for him.


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Sep 15, 2011 08:12 |  #15

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While I appreciate your input, a little more information as to how you came to that conclusion would be appreciated. According to a lot of reviews, the JPEG quality on the XZ-1 outright sucks...which is too bad, because I'm REALLY trying to like that camera.

previously i had Canon G11 and Panasonic LX-3. I had only shoot in JPeg, and XZ-1 strictly JPeg also. It's still a better camera.


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