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Ricoh R6 / Canon SD800 / Leica D-lux3 / pana TZ3 / Fuji F480 (wide angle compacts)
Hi!.

I am an avid shooter and have been alternating between my Canon SD550 and my Konica Minolta A2 for the last couple of years and I am starting to really wish I could combine the two. I love my KM's wide angle, IS features, relatively low noise, lack of clipping in high contrast daylight, manual features, ability to focus and shoot in low light, long exposure but I simply cannot carry it in my pocket (haha) ... I love my SD550's macro (macro on my KM doesn't even work) and portability..

I am trying to decide between a few different wide angle compacts on the market. Any suggestions?.

So for my considerations on each one:.

1) Canon SD800 - I already have a Canon, will it be different enough? Possible continued problems with detail loss in high contrast daylight shooting..

2) Leica D-Lux 3 - $$$$, possible poor functionality in low light (the reason I am not considering Panasonic's equivalent, the Leica seems justifiably better in that aspect with their colour management).

3) Panasonic TZ3 - I don't really know enough about.

4) Fuji F480 - shame they didn't include the better sensor and low light capability of their F series - if they had it would be the obvious choice for me..

Thanks!.

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Snoopygirl wrote:.

Hi!.

I am an avid shooter and have been alternating between my Canon SD550and my Konica Minolta A2 for the last couple of years and I amstarting to really wish I could combine the two. I love my KM's wideangle, IS features, relatively low noise, lack of clipping in highcontrast daylight, manual features, ability to focus and shoot in lowlight, long exposure but I simply cannot carry it in my pocket (haha)... I love my SD550's macro (macro on my KM doesn't even work) andportability..

I am trying to decide between a few different wide angle compacts onthe market. Any suggestions?.

So for my considerations on each one:.

1) Canon SD800 - I already have a Canon, will it be different enough?Possible continued problems with detail loss in high contrastdaylight shooting..

2) Leica D-Lux 3 - $$$$, possible poor functionality in low light(the reason I am not considering Panasonic's equivalent, the Leicaseems justifiably better in that aspect with their colour management).

3) Panasonic TZ3 - I don't really know enough about.

4) Fuji F480 - shame they didn't include the better sensor and lowlight capability of their F series - if they had it would be theobvious choice for me..

Here is my opinion: The TZ3 is a fun camera. A new thread in the Panasonic forum says it's the best selling camera in France. The Fuji F480 looks like a great bargain and value for money on paper but it will probalby take 1-2 months before it is released/reviewed. If you plan to keep the SD550, then it becomes a choice whether you want a 2nd Elph or diversify by trying another brand/style. Personally I wouldn't buy the Leica b/c of the price (but that's just me)..

If you are interested in going wider but not as pocketable,, the Kodak P880 and the Ricoh GX100 start at 24mm. They both have their trade-offs, so it depends on your preferences/priorities/etc..

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Comment #1

Here is my opinion: The TZ3 is a fun camera. A new thread in thePanasonic forum says it's the best selling camera in France. The FujiF480 looks like a great bargain and value for money on paper but itwill probalby take 1-2 months before it is released/reviewed. If youplan to keep the SD550, then it becomes a choice whether you want a2nd Elph or diversify by trying another brand/style. Personally Iwouldn't buy the Leica b/c of the price (but that's just me)..

If I get the SD800 I would probably give the SD550 to my husband who is currently stuck with my old 2 mp Nikon CP775, a dinosaur by digital standards. Whatever I get he will probably end up using it but I have to admit, I really do enjoy some of it's rather silly features like colour accent, etc,.

If you are interested in going wider but not as pocketable,, theKodak P880 and the Ricoh GX100 start at 24mm. They both have theirtrade-offs, so it depends on your preferences/priorities/etc..

Pocketability is a HUGE consideration otherwise I'd keep using the Konica Minolta.   There are quite a few choices if I go much bigger..

Thanks!.

Comprehensive 2007 speculation and predictions:http://1001noisycameras.blogspot.com.

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Comment #2

I'm in the same boat, looking for a compact w/ wide angle..

Right now I think it's Canon SD800, Panasonic FX30, or the new Fuji F480..

Also I just found out about the new Panasonic FX100, looks to be more $$ than the others..

I'm leaning towards the FX30, but I guess I'll wait on the new FX100 and F480, see which has the least noise at higher ISO..

Matt.

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Probably only a Canon G7 will do. It's not too big for a decent sized pocket or bag. Crucially there is a viewfinder and also a hot shoe if required..

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Comment #4

G7 is way bigger than what I'm looking for - I'd like to keep it less than 1 inch thick..

I just checked out the Ricoh R6 as mentioned in the title - it looks pretty cool! A 7x optical zoom is impressive for the small size. I found a few reviews here - http://www.cameratown.com/reviews/review_listing.cfm/hurl/id%7C3484.

The user customizable upper ISO limit and max exposure time both sound good. Looks like chromatic aberation is the big downfall..

I've ruled out the Fuji F480 - it doesn't have image stabilization, and the movie mode is only 320x240..

I'm leaning towards the Panasonic FX100. 12 megapixels seems kind of ridiculous, but it allows 3MP shot with 7x extended zoom. Also 8 fps continuous of 2MP shots, 848x480 30fps movies, and 1280x720 15fps movies. DC resource just posted a review - http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/panasonic/dmc_fx100-review/.

Canon just introduced the SD870 as another option. Basically looks like the SD800 but with more pixels and a bigger LCD screen...

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