Check out the just announced Panasonic LX3. A lot of people are also waiting to see what Canon has lined up for the G9 successor..
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I'd like to buy a camera that can shoot in Raw format and is suitablefor taking photos that are of the necessary quality for online imagelibraries such as Alamy. I'd also like to take macro shots of smallobjects as well as portrait and landscapes, so the ability to do finemanual adjustment is needed.Are there any compacts which stand out, or any "coming soon" thatmight be worth waiting for?.
YOu should take a look at the Ricoh GX100 or new GX200 as well as the new Panasonic LX3 mentioned. The Ricohs have particularly good macro abilities and manual controls an SLR would be proud of..
The Panasonic FX150 is an ultracompact 14MP camera with raw capability and manual controls. It's too new to say if it's any good though..
If you can wait a little while, you may also have the choice of a new Nikon, the P6000, though this hasn't been officially confirmed..
And there's Canon's G9 of course, though it's a bit big perhaps..
You can enable RAW output from a lot of Canon consumer cameras using the CHDK overlay..
This re-enables and/or enhances features already built into standard DIGIC chipsets (such as RAW output) which are normally limited or hidden at the manufacturer's discretion based on the model camera you've purchased...
This would be my recommendation if you want something small and still want RAW output...
Thanks everyone for the advice..
I was suprised to see that the Panasonix FX150 does not seem to have a panorama/stitch mode according to the specs..
A couple more questions....
RAW-enabling Canon cameras with CHDK sounds interesting, but don't you need RAW-capable software usually supplied with the camera? If the camera as supplied does not have RAW support then how do you read the RAW files if the bundled software is not RAW-capable?.
Does RAW processing software bundled with cameras allow you to save as 16 bit TIFF, or does it force you to save in 8 bit TIFF/JPG? I'd like to be able to archive images in 16 bit TIFF format rather than native RAW format...