Compact camera. Which one?

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  1. anthonyl

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    Am looking at a few options with regards to a "compact" camera.

    The Panasonic FZ 1000 and the Sony Cybershot RX10

    Does anyone have any thoughts on which would be the better of the 2?

    The Sony has a fantastic lens with constant f2.8 and the Panasonic has an awesome zoom.

    Both cost about the same... thoughts?
     
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    There you go mate; don't think twice...

    I'm still clinging to the X10 myself. The compacts are "special". :thumbup:
     
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    Price and size of those bridge cameras you may as well get a interchangeable lens camera. You get a larger sensor and nicer glass.

    Spend around 500 and get a smaller one that is actually a compact, if it's a compact you actually need.
     
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    Bridge cameras aren't compact.

    The bridge cameras are a waste of money imo.
    Look at the interchangeable lens DSLRs or actual compact cameras/m43s.
    Sony RX100 MK1 is under $500.
     
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    I am leaning towards the Panasonic..
     
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    I was literally just looking at a few reviews for these two this morning.
    General consensus seemed to be FZ1000 for stills (just), RX10 for video (just)...unless you want/need 4K, in which case, go the FZ1000.
    In terms of size and handling, they're both very much like a DSLR, hardly "compact".
     
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    I do have a dedicated HD video camera so video is not important... The long zoom on the Panasonic is quite appealing, however the constant f 2.8 on the Sony is also a draw card.
     
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    Fast lens over the long zoom any day...
     
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    RX1 and zoom with your feet.
     
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    If it has to be between those two then the Sony for sure.

    Constant 2.8 is much better than a little extra reach.

    I don't understand the fascination with such far reaching lenses in the consumer market though. The few occasions it's useful it will be hard to get a good shot anyway. You're better off getting closer to the subject and thinking about composition more.
     
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    Background compression with telephoto lenses, done right, can also give that dreamy subject isolation.

    You can take great pictures with any lens or body, it's just a lot easier with better equipment lol
     
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    You don't need 400mm+ for subject isolation...
     
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    OP, I'll suggest like others here already have, for you to have a look at mirrorless interchangeable camera systems. They can be as small as compacts (and definitely smaller than the Panasonic or Sony) with the added bonus of bigger sensors as well as a massive range of lenses (native, 3rd party and D/SLR/rangefinder lenses with adapters).

    Also give us a budget and I'm sure we can find something for you.

    All I said was telephoto zooms have that ability for subject isolation. Though I can agree with you there.
     
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    Well after a few deviations and bumps in the road I finally bit the bullet and settled on the Lumix FZ-1000.

    Just picked it up this afternoon and having had a bit of a play I have to say I am quite impressed. Of course I am not up to speed with all the bells and whistles but I am shooting in RAW and am able to get some pretty good images out of it (albeit not as good as SLR quality) but great images all the same.

    I will post some pics up in the gallery when I have time and perhaps a 4K video..

    Wish me luck!
     
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    Aww man... How much did you pay for it? The Amazon price of $850US plus postage means you could have bought a full frame Sony Alpha A7 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera system locally instead.
     
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    $945.00 locally. Full Aus warranty.
     
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    Well I guess if you're happy with it... If you already had a dedicated video camera then it would have better if you got a MILCS with a bigger sensor instead.
     

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