I am going back to school and would like something more portable than my DSLRs.
Here are the cameras I have investigated with the pros and cons. My main idea on this camera is portability (put it in bag with all my other junk and go to campus), IQ (as close to APS-C+ quality as possible), usability and would like a viewfinder as I am really used to it on DSLR.
ff - IQ great
expensive for what I want (I already have 5dm3 and I'm happy with that system). I don't want to buy into another "system"
portable yes but I would not call this "small" and portable
IQ is good (in the realm of what I want)
small and portable
fairly expensive compared to other ASP-C cameras im comparing
IQ is good (but not quiet as good as others in my list)
small and portable with 22 f/2
usability, focusing system is slow (even with new firmware I think it is still pretty slow from my understand compared to x100s or other mirrorless cameras)
IQ i assume will be good (comparable)
smaller and more portable than EOS M
it isn't even out yet (but don't mind waiting a month)
not impressed with feature set. the NX300 looks to give me the same feature right now with better sensor
IQ looks good to better than all other APS-C sensors camera im looking at
small and portable with pancake lenses
good/decent focusing system
some people seem to love it some people seems to hate it (on paper it seems to look good to me)
good IQ but smallest sensor of the lot
most portable of the group
Everyone raves about this camera, have a buddy that has one and to me it just seems awkward
doesn't seem up to par of the x100s, NX300, EOS M
Right now I'm in a circle decision between the x100s, NX300 and EOS M.
x100s has a viewfinder is small and portable and good IQ but is a little on expensive side of $1100+ compared to others.
EOS M has comparable IQ for almost $1000 dollars less. I don't think the viewfinder is worth $1000 to me but the usability of the faster focusing probably would be.
NX300 is almost dead middle of the 3 for price, sensor looks good, IQ looks good, feature set looks nice, usability looks good. Overall it looks to be a decent package but it doesn't have a viewfinder, On top of that it isn't a very "popular" camera which could pose problems if samsung just abandons it.
Right now I'm kinda leaning towards the NX300 with a small pancake but I don't know. Any other suggestions?