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    Seeking advice for a compact

    I'm looking for a camera which is a) small (say 12 x 3 x6), and b) capable of producing RAW files. Any ideas?

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    Re: Seeking advice for a compact

    Hi, Peter;

    I assume the dimensions are cm. Is this intended to be a pocket camera? In the Canon Powershot line, the G11 and S90 will both shoot raw. Maybe some of the other top Powershots will.

    The G11 is a bridge camera, has a hot shoe, allows a lot of control, can take a teleconverter, etc. I haven't used either one, but my wife is looking at the G11 right now.

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    Re: Seeking advice for a compact

    I can recommend the Panasonic LX-3 AKA Leica D-Lux 4
    Very nice camera.

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    I too can recommend the DMC-LX3. It produces RAW files and you can download the CODEC from the website so you can view them in Windows Explorer. I use Elements V6 for post-processing.

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    Re: Seeking advice for a compact

    Thanks, all, for your suggestions. I'll pass on the suggestions.

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    Re: Seeking advice for a compact

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    Thanks, all, for your suggestions. I'll pass on the suggestions.

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    Hi Peter,

    I'm assuming that you mean you'll pass them on to someone else?

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    Re: Seeking advice for a compact

    Thanks for that, Colin - I hadn't realised that it could be taken either way! Thus, to clarify; I shall inform Contax-User that the LX-3 is worth a look, Leica lens notwithstanding..!

    Might get one myself...

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    Quote Originally Posted by proseak View Post
    Thanks for that, Colin - I hadn't realised that it could be taken either way! Thus, to clarify; I shall inform Contax-User that the LX-3 is worth a look, Leica lens notwithstanding..!

    Might get one myself...
    No worries Peter - I was guessing that you meant "I'll pass the suggestions on", but didn't see any reference to anyone else in your first post.

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    Re: Seeking advice for a compact

    You might want to mention the Ricoh GX200 as well. Nice pocket sized, RAW capability and good quality photographs. Lots of tweaking is possible.

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    Re: Seeking advice for a compact

    Sony NEX 5N or the upcoming 7N, if that's fits your size requirements (very portable with the 16mm pancake wide). I have a 5K and have been quite pleased with the results. All produce RAW, however they're Sony's RAW (.ARW)...Best of luck...

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    Re: Seeking advice for a compact

    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoRob View Post
    Sony NEX 5N or the upcoming 7N, if that's fits your size requirements (very portable with the 16mm pancake wide). I have a 5K and have been quite pleased with the results. All produce RAW, however they're Sony's RAW (.ARW)...Best of luck...
    The (.ARW) file can be converted so that it is compatible with other software. I have an Olympus and it uses the (.ORF) format and I can export the file using the supplied software and convert to a TIFF or use the supplied software to edit.

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    Re: Seeking advice for a compact

    Hi Peter, When I was researching a pocketable camera that shoots RAW, the Canon S95 was a top contender as one of the most capable. The S100 upgrade should be out soon.

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    Re: Seeking advice for a compact

    Quote Originally Posted by proseak View Post
    I'm looking for a camera which is a) small (say 12 x 3 x6), and b) capable of producing RAW files. Any ideas?

    Peter
    Hi Peter,

    I agree with Frank, I was about to buy the S95, a month ago, when the S100 was announced.

    a) Canon S95/S100 are both (within a millimetre) 10 x 3 x 5.8 cm, so small
    b) both shoot RAW

    S95 has a 28-105mm (3.8x) lens, 10MP, DIGIC4 processor
    S100 has 24 - 120 (5x) lens, 12MP, DIGIC5 processor and GPS

    Extensive research on image quality and above all, the small pocketable size, led me to the S95 over anything else.
    The wider lens range, faster processor and, to an extent, the GPS is what steers me to the S100, I am trusting that the image quality won't be worse than the previous model.

    Cheers,
    Last edited by Dave Humphries; 18th October 2011 at 08:28 PM.

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    Re: Seeking advice for a compact

    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoRob View Post
    Sony NEX 5N or the upcoming 7N, if that's fits your size requirements (very portable with the 16mm pancake wide). I have a 5K and have been quite pleased with the results. All produce RAW, however they're Sony's RAW (.ARW)...Best of luck...
    Since I like the lenses of (Minolta) Sony very much I'm waiting to see the NEX 7 launched.
    Before I switched to Canon some 5 years ago I was a Minolta user, but because of the lack of a pro body in that time I made the move to Canon.
    the Canon Lenses are really very good and sharp, but lately I had to make a print for customer of a picture made with the Minolta equipment. Looking at it I like the Bokeh of the 28-70 mm lens from Minolta over the Canon 24-70mm

    I want to reduce the weight of the stuff that I carry with me and the NEX 7 can be a serious candidate.
    See how the reviews will show and how the EVF will work.

    B.t.w. the RAW format doesn't bother me. Also now with Canon I always convert them to DNG.

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    Re: Seeking advice for a compact

    Peter,

    I'm not sure if this is small enough for you, but I got an email from Nikon about a new small camera that shoots raw, has small interchangeable lenses and has a new censor with duel processor. I know nothing about it but it seemed interesting. Not cheap however. Here's the link if you're interested.

    http://www.nikonusa.com/Learn-And-Ex...er-article1img

    Thanks,
    Darlene

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