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Looking for compact cameras that shoot in RAW
Hi all,.

I've been a DSLR user (Nikon D80) for the last 1.5 yrs, and have not bought a digital compact for at least 5 yrs. I'm now looking for a digital compact for situations when you just don't want to bring a big DSLR out. I love using Adobe Lightroom though, and shoot exclusively in RAW. Are there compact cameras in the market now that shoot in RAW?..

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Are there compact cameras in the market now thatshoot in RAW?.

There are, but they are few and far between..

Ricoh GX100Ricoh GRD/GRDIICanon G9Sigma DP1Panasonic LX2/Leica D-LUX3 (same camera).

Can't think of any more, unless you class something like the Panasonic FZ18 as compact. Compared with an SLR it is..

Androohttp://Androo.smugmug.com..

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I had the LX2 and sold it for the Nikon P5100 for the latter's viewfinder and hotshoe - but I do miss the LX2 a bit, for it's build, RAW, and wideangle (28mm) lens. Plus Panasonic's menu system, just about the best there is in the compact field..

It's great for outdoors, landscapes etc, but not so good indoors like most Panasonics, owing to it's mediocre high ISO performance. Fully manual as well though. I recommend it..

The Sigma DP1 has better RAW files (apparently DSLR quality almost) and good build, but a fixed f/4 lens, so-so LCD and interface - and it's eye-wateringly high price..

The LX2 seems pretty cheap now as it is quite old..

Alex.

Http://alexandjustine.smugmug.com/..

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I have the Canon G9, I love this camera. A great buy for sure.Benhttp://www.b3nbrooks.com/blog/..

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Redryder wrote:.

I love using Adobe Lightroom though, and shoot exclusively in RAW.Are there compact cameras in the market now that shoot in RAW?.

Shooting Raw isn't enough. You'll also need to be able to process the Raw files in Lightroom. The list of cameras whose Raw files can be handled by Lightroom is here:http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/cameraraw.html.

Most of them are DSLRs or discontinued digicams. The Canon G9 and a few Panasonic/Leica models are about the only current ones..

Another, less convenient, alternative is to buy a Canon digicam that you can use CHDK with, but you'll have to convert the Raw to DNG for use in Lightroom..

Editorial opinion: a DSLR is not a "better digicam", and a digicam is not a miniature DSLR. Each needs to be approached on it's own terms. Digicams generally produce excellent JPEGs, within the constraints of their optical systems and sensors. Raw doesn't really buy you much on a digicam, especially with Lightroom being able to adjust the white balance of JPEGs. I say to shoot Raw with your DSLR and shoot JPEG with your digicam...

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Redryder wrote:.

Hi all,.

I've been a DSLR user (Nikon D80) for the last 1.5 yrs, and have notbought a digital compact for at least 5 yrs. I'm now looking for adigital compact for situations when you just don't want to bring abig DSLR out. I love using Adobe Lightroom though, and shootexclusively in RAW. Are there compact cameras in the market now thatshoot in RAW?.

If you want a small RAW-capable digicam, why not start by getting that S45 going again?.

My old S40 soldiers on - a bit slow and rarely used now but I'm always very pleased with it's RAW output - often a huge improvement on the JPGs. And while it won't shoot RAW+JPG, the RIT in Zoombrowser makes it very easy to run of a set of "as if the camera had made them" JPGs, so that's no hindrance..

If you've already let it go, do start by thinking about how you'll use a new camera - even analyse your recent pictures with Exposureplot ( http://www.wega2.vandel.nl/ ) before looking at what's available..

My current pet annoyance is the stream of "should I buy a G9 or GX100" questions - surely people know if they want a zoom range of 24/72mm or 35/210mm?.

Having owned and used a string of RAW P&S cameras ( G2, S40, Coolpix 5400, KM A2, Fuji E550 and GX100 ), I'd not be without one - and for me, the wider the wide end is, the better!.

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Peter.

Peter - on the green island of Ischiahttp://www.pbase.com/isolaverde..

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I still have my S45, but I've given up on the Compact Flash format. All of my CF cards are giving me read problems, and I don't want to lose photos..

I now have a ton of SD cards, and was hoping to get a camera that uses SD as well...

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Redryder wrote:.

I still have my S45, but I've given up on the Compact Flash format.All of my CF cards are giving me read problems, and I don't want tolose photos..

I'll bet it's cheaper to buy a new CF card than a new camera.........

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Most of them are DSLRs or discontinued digicams. The Canon G9 and afew Panasonic/Leica models are about the only current ones..

Hmm... take with a pinch of salt, since Ricoh (on the GX100 and GRD) and at least one other are using the Adobe DNG RAW format, which will hopefully become more common..

Androohttp://Androo.smugmug.com..

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