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Sony DSCRX100M3 Advanced Digital Compact Premium Camera (Wi-Fi, NFC, 180 Degrees Tiltable LCD Screen) - Black
Sony DSCRX100M3 Advanced Digital Compact Premium Camera (Wi-Fi, NFC, 180 Degrees Tiltable LCD Screen) - Black
Price: £579.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive camera, 19 Jan. 2016
This is the first RX100 camera I chose to buy, mainly because Sony added a viewfinder amongst other things important to me.
I have been hugely impressed by the fast and very sharp lens and the best way I can describe the image quality, is to say that images look like they come from a much larger sensor such as micro 4/3 or cropped dslr.
The colours can be set to look very nice straight from jpegs, the dynamic range and noise control are all highly impressive.
The built in ND filter is a massive positive for using in bright light outside, letting you utilise the fast lens to its maximum.
I love the hidden viewfinder, it's actually very good and I use it frequently.
Ergonomically I could find complaint with some controls, but the pocketable size is the positive I need in such a camera, so more then happy to accept the compromises.
I added the over priced Sony grip to help handling, which has helped.
All in all extremely happy in my choice.

Panasonic H-H025E-K 25 mm/F1.7 ASPH Lens - Black
Panasonic H-H025E-K 25 mm/F1.7 ASPH Lens - Black
Price: £149.00

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent all rounder, 27 Nov. 2015
Purchased this for my OMD EM10, reason for choosing this lens over the Olympus is price alone, as it substantially cheaper .
I have tried both side by side and the Olympus is "cuter" in feel and build, the Panasonic is no nonsense plasic, and slightly bulkier.
They both focused fast and silently, comparing images from both is really that close I can't tell the difference.
The Panasonic lens is very sharp at f1.7 already, but shows possibly more contrast when you close down to about f2.2 and sharpness across the frame improves even more to what I would consider exceptional levels, Bokeh is smooth and pleasant especially for a standard "50mm" lens.
I can't comment on flare control, because I haven't seen the sun come out in days, but I have heard a few comments that flare is not as well controlled as the Olympus, but a decent well designed hood is included.
Overall I think for the price this lens is a no brainier and works great on my Olympus camera with no issues at all, extremely happy with the performance and handling, but 1 star off for being slightly fugly and bulky, having said that the size looks balanced on the OMD cameras and larger, it may just look a bit unbalanced on the Panasonic GM series.

Fujifilm X30 12 MP Digital Camera - Black
Fujifilm X30 12 MP Digital Camera - Black

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent camera, 15 Jun. 2015
I have been around the block with all types of cameras including DSLRs and mirrorless, but after taking stock of what it is I want from a camera, I decided to take a punt with the X30, I had used a X20 a few years ago for a foreign holiday and really enjoyed using it , it went every where with me day and night .
The things I really like on the X30 are the flip lcd and excellent viewfinder, simple manual controls and excellent Jpegs with the usual typical Fuji colours.
I have noticed that the JPEG noise reduction is much superior to the X20 , which after 400 ISO became really blotchy and ugly, the X20 seems more grainy like film , and certainly gives nice results up to 800 ISO , so along with the fast lens and IS , I think I should be good for most situations, the other thing which was a nice surprise is the RAW files imported to Lightroom have all the Fujifilm film simulations in Lightroom already to go, brilliant, I back up With Raws in case I mess up my white balance etc.
To conclude, the X30 feels like the perfect size, with lovely build and controls, excellent viewfinder and great images straight out of the camera.
This will be my go to camera for general travel, street photography and family pictures.
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Canon PowerShot G7X Digital Camera (20.3 MP, 4.2x Zoom)
Canon PowerShot G7X Digital Camera (20.3 MP, 4.2x Zoom)

23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelmed, 15 Feb. 2015
I purchased along with the Panasonic LX100 to see which I would prefer .
Main reason for buying the Canon was to weigh up size vs ergonomics against the LX100 , built in flash and flappy lcd , of which the LX100 lacks.
The main issues I found with the Canon was very poor Af in low light , very soft lens at wide open apertures at the 24mm focal length and terrible flash exposure, to the point where I would consider it ,s advantage of being built in a waste of time, a shame as some fill in flash of shadows when shooting people is dead handy in harsh lighting.
The out of camera jpegs are over sharpened and saturated, which surprised me , as I thought Canon were more subtle in this area, although the high noise reduction is very well done.
Good points of the camera are generally very speedy operation, AF in daylight is fine, and the build quality and front clicky lens ring are superb, the exposure wheel is brilliant as well, all in all the camera looks great .
Maybe I expected to much of a pocket camera, but then it is close to 500 big ones.
The soft lens on the right side could easily just be a badly decentred sample, if the camera had convinced me more in other areas I would of swapped it for another one.
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Ricoh GR Expert Compact Digital Camera - Black (16MP) 3 inch LCD Screen
Ricoh GR Expert Compact Digital Camera - Black (16MP) 3 inch LCD Screen

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pocket power, 27 Oct. 2013
This camera is going every where with me,very liberating and so stealthy in black with an almost silent shutter.
colors are slightly subdued out of camera but can be easily adjusted to suit, the dynamic black and white is the best I have ever seen,the camera is worth buying just for that.
The handing and buttons etc are the best and the most intuitive I have ever used,great for one handed use
autofocus in good light is near instant,but in poor light slows down substantially,luckily the snap focus can help there.
The fixed crop modes 35mm and 47mm are really quite usefull and produce images with no loss of quality other then cropping ability.
The GR can be more then just a street camera,I use it for travel/social,landscape ,all sorts,but then I,m happy shooting between 28mm and a cropped 47mm,my prev camera was the fuji x100,I think the GR may be more usefull for me at least,time will tell !
So far I love mine.

Fujifilm X20 Digital Camera Silver (12MP X-Trans CMOS II With EXR Processor II, 4x Optical Zoom) 2.8 inch Premium LCD
Fujifilm X20 Digital Camera Silver (12MP X-Trans CMOS II With EXR Processor II, 4x Optical Zoom) 2.8 inch Premium LCD

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars X20 best option of this type, 15 Aug. 2013
Mainly purchased the X20 as I can't be doing with using DSLR's anymore due to size and sticking out like a sore thumb in this day and age of paranoia, regarding taking photo's in public places ,that seems epidemic in modern Britain !
Rant over , while the X20 can't reach the levels of modern larger sensor camera's in ultimate IQ ,it does produce very nice colours and sharpness that 90% of the population would not be able to tell the difference compared to the large sensor camera's.
What the X20 brings to the table is a very photographic orientated tool, with lots of manual controls and a very useable optical viewfinder , all of which harks back to the film era in design and philosophy such as small simple cameras like the Olympus trip and 35RC etc.
The only things I could criticize on the X20 is AF is dim conditions can be hit and miss and the noise reduction on the Jpegs could be a lot better, but hey,if that bother you, the RAW files are far better to work on then the X10 in LR4.
To conclude for the money the X20 is the best and in some cases the only show in town due to the unique viewfinder, having said that, funds permitting in a few months would probably trade it in for the X100 S,but that is in a different league and price bracket.
With all this in mind, the X20 is very enjoyable to use and a purchase I have no regrets over.
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Panasonic Lumix LX7 Digital Camera with LEICA F1.4 Summilux Lens - Black (10.1 MP, 3.8x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD
Panasonic Lumix LX7 Digital Camera with LEICA F1.4 Summilux Lens - Black (10.1 MP, 3.8x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD

160 of 171 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best LX yet, 6 Oct. 2012
Originally owned the LX3 and LX5,the 3 always had the sharper lens over the 5,in both cases jpegs were pretty rough,i purchased the LX7 knowing RAW would have to be used and put into lightroom 4.2,BUT the Panasonic jpegs are now superb ! really really surprised and very happy, the lens is very very sharp,colours are excellent,even skin tones are now very nice on a Panasonic camera,WB is pretty spot on and exposure is almost fool proof,even pixel peeping the lens and jpegs match my Sony A37 + 35mm f1.8 lens in good light,pretty amazing considering the sony 16meg sensor is one of the best.
I'm happy to shoot up to 400 iso on the LX7,with the fast lens you can keep under this most of the time,800 iso at a push for smaller prints or web pics.
As usual the LX camera have excellent handling and controls with the very usefull slider for aspect ratio settings and macro,the aperture ring is a very good addition as well.
Auto focus is almost instant,very impressive.
I tried out the Sony RX100,but found the control and size a bit fiddley,this is a personal opinion,the sony with it's larger sensor will be better at 28mm f1.8 for dof, and superior sensor should give better results,but the lens soon becomes darker when you zoom,not sure i needed 20 meg as well,also enjoy using the 24mm wide on the LX7 as well.
All in all the LX7 has exceeded my expectations,the lens is sharper then expected and the jpegs are great.

Fujifilm FinePix X100 Digital Camera - (12.3MP, APS-C CMOS EXR) 2.8 inch LCD
Fujifilm FinePix X100 Digital Camera - (12.3MP, APS-C CMOS EXR) 2.8 inch LCD

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very special camera, 28 Jun. 2011
As a Nikon user i wanted something more compact but with good IQ, have been using the Olympus micro four thirds and pancake prime lenses and have been pretty happy,but has timed has moved on it has been evident the sensors of micro four thirds are not really moving on that much compared to AP-C sensor's, also the micro 4/3 concept seems to be going the mass market route , esp the Panasonic camera's, as Olympus seem unable to bring out a camera with a built in viewfinder my patience has come to an end.
I generally shoot 90% with a 35mm to 40mm equv focal length and the Fuji is spot on with a 35mm lens in real terms, the speed of the lens is also a nice bonus at F2, the autofocus is pretty snappy esp with the firmware upgrade, and is nice and sharp with a pleasant bokeh.
The build and old style controls such as the aperture ring are fantastic, the hybrid viewfinder is nothing short of amazing and has to be used to really get an idea of how great it is.
Lastly IQ,far better then any micro four thirds in dynamic range and high iso, 6400 iso is usable and i suspect the Fuji is 2 stops better then my Olympus E-PL1, the jpegs are awesome as are the Oly jpegs to be fair, exposure is spot on as well and the auto white balance is the best i have used compared to Oly and Nikon.
Great camera and should be a classic in time.
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Panasonic Lumix G 20mm/F1.7 Pancake Lens
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm/F1.7 Pancake Lens

18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice but Flawed Gem !, 19 Mar. 2010
Nice and sharp @ all apertures but has large distortion for a fixed prime which is not too clever as prime lenses should be close to perfect due to there simple nature.
Also autofocus is slower then the Panasonic 14-45mm lens and AF is noisier which will be problem for movies
No image auto rotation with this lens
But with everything i have mentioned in mind the Panny 20mm lens is the best native m4/3 lens there is, the IQ is epic and the m4/3 bodies would correct distortion anyway.
Would def recommend but the negatives do need mentioning if you want a balanced review.
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Panasonic DMCLX3 Digital Camera - Black (10MP, 2.5x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD
Panasonic DMCLX3 Digital Camera - Black (10MP, 2.5x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD

129 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LX3 Liitle Beauty, 27 Sept. 2008
Purchased about 3 days ago and haved taken a couple hundred pics in different situations to decide if i would be happy with it,I,m very fussys and use Nikon Dslr s.
First the camera is very very attractive with very good build and def something to show off ,the screen LCD is nothing short of amazing when composing and viewing ,Im fairly dated that i like a Viewfinder but this makes me enjoy liveviewing far more then i thought.
Buttons and controls are very good would prefer the joystick to be a bit bigger tho,weight and size seem almost perfect esp compared to the Canon G9/G10.
The lens is amazing and so fast at the wide and even the tele end @ 2.8, indoor shots whithout flash are no problem , Zoom is smooth and quite and you can tele X 4.5 if you drop the res to 3 meg, personally i leave it at 5 meg and 3.6 zoom for everyday stuff, more then enough megs for most things, Flash is small but very bright and is well away from the lens so reducing redeye, there is a hot shoe but i have not yet seen a flashgun available maybe someone has and can let me know.
lasty image quality ! i can say that 80/100 iso the camera is stunning and colours are fantastic with exposure and white balance spot on, 200 iso is a bit grainy at 100% crop but i have set the noise reduction to the lowest setting ie -2 for detail, put the noise reduction back on and 400 iso is easily acceptable and 800 ok when your desperate, above that and don,t bother but plse bear in mind i,m a Dslr user so again being VERY fussy, also the colours remain nicely staurated at higher iso.
Dynamic range has really surprised me esp with the setting for shadow detail and highlight control set which comes in 3 settings ,very impressive and camera deals with highlights great without any flare or CA.
Wide angle in 16.9 mode is awesome and really opens up a different type of photography for people compared to most lens which tend to start at 35mm altho Nikon and Canon are catching on with there new released high end compacts at 28mm still not as good tho !
Camera has a clever focus tracking for moving objects and really works well and normal focusing is quite quick and copes with lowlight with no problems at all.
To conclude i highy recommend this camera and most people will love it,s build ,rangefinder looks , features and image quality .
Only slight reservation i had was the short zoom range but i guess that would be very hard to have as well as the very fast lens which is great at keeping the iso at 80 for almost everthing.
For that kind of thing i use the Nikon and most far away things tend to need a Dslr for speed anyway.
This LX3 is def a stayer at least untill Olympus release there Micro 4/3 s Compact in about a yr or so !?
Added 04/10/08
Have taken more pics to experiment with the ISO settings and have compared it to pics i still have on my PC when i had the FUJI F31FD.
having played around a bit more i can say the 100iso and 200 iso look identical and 400 iso is very good far better then any compact i,ve ever seen , compared the 800 iso between the Fuji and LX3 and they look about the same (very good 4 compact) BUT zoom in 100% and i can see that the Fuji has smeared all the detail away and looks pretty horrible but the LX3 has kept amazing detail and colour, It looks like the LX3 has broken all the rules for a compact which is amazing as Panasonic never had a great reputation for this but they were obviously on a mission when they came up with the new processer ,couple this iso performance with the fast lens and you def have the best compact for low light to date bar none and i think rivals a budget DSLR with a slow lens and no Stabalization.

Update 14/09/10
Purchase LR3 and this great camera becomes even better in RAW, maybe a stop better then before in noise and a far more film like grain to the noise as well.
Great camera still
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