Compact Digital with Viewfinder.

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Alan White, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. Alan White

    Alan White Guest

    My partner normally uses an Olympus 420 DSLR but she finds it too bulky
    and fiddly for hill walking.

    What she wants is a fairly rugged, good quality, compact digital camera
    with a proper viewfinder. I've done a quick search and nothing has
    emerged as being suitable.

    Advice, please.
     
    Alan White, Jul 23, 2010
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    Mike Bristow Guest

    You'll stuggle to find a "proper viewfinder" (I assume you mean a
    optical one) on a compact.

    One of the Olympus pen cameras might do - I think you can get
    viewfinder addons.
     
    Mike Bristow, Jul 23, 2010
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    Geoff Berrow Guest

    Some Canon Ixus models have a viewfinder but it is only really good
    for emergencies. In all other respect though its a great camera. My
    wife keeps ours in her handbag all the time.
     
    Geoff Berrow, Jul 23, 2010
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  4. Dunno what lens(es) she has, but I find a Panasonic G1 is a nice
    lightweight outfit with good picture quality. EVF is electronic of
    course, but works well. Same 4/3rds sensor size.

    Of course there are later versions, but the G1 is selling exceptionally
    cheaply now, and the 20mm Panasonic lens is fantastic!

    eg. http://www.mathersoflancashire.co.uk/html/g-series.html

    Mike
     
    Michael J Davis, Jul 23, 2010
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    John Bean Guest

    I'll second all of that - camera, lens, and supplier :)
     
    John Bean, Jul 23, 2010
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    Bruce Guest


    If you want a new G1, buy it while you still can. There is a cashback
    deal from Panasonic UK to help clear the last remaining unsold stocks,
    which should be gone in a few days. The G1 lacks the HD video
    capability of the replacement G2 model but has the Japanese 14-45mm
    lens which is considered a better optic than the G2's Chinese 14-42mm.

    Dealers offering good prices on the G1 include Cameraworld of
    Chelmsford (who have a branch in central London) and SRS Microsystems
    of Watford. I have bought from both dealers more than once and they
    have excellent after-sales service.
     
    Bruce, Jul 23, 2010
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    A.Lee Guest


    I was looking for something similar last Christmas, narrowed it down to
    3 or 4 makes, the Nikon (P100?) was discounted very quickly, cannot
    recall why, there was a similar spec Canon, but I felt it was a little
    over-priced, which narrowed it down to a Panasonic similar to the above,
    (it may be the same, cannot recall the model), and the Fuji S2000.
    Held side by side, the Fuji felt far better in the hand, and was
    definitely smaller.
    It gives excellent pics, so much so that my SLR is rarely used now.
    Alan.
     
    A.Lee, Jul 23, 2010
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    Alan White Guest

    Thanks, people, it looks like the G11 is the preferred option.
     
    Alan White, Jul 23, 2010
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    Alan Mills Guest

    I've recently bought a Canon G11 and I'm very pleased with it. The
    presence of a viewfinder (albeit small and not giving 100% coverage) was
    one of the reasons for this choice. Somebody asked me to take a picture
    of him and his girlfriend with their small camera recently on a sunny
    day and I just couldn't see a damn thing on the screen. I just hope it
    was OK.

    Alan Mills (in Devon, England)
     
    Alan Mills, Jul 25, 2010
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