Compact digital G11?
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07-07-10, 05:58 AM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Originally Posted by
I found brand new
for around £350 on ebay, also Currys digital(there is
for £499) have brand new
for £369 and on ebay around £350+ expensive extras ...(As well tesco sells
+18-55 for £699.)
Be wary of buying cameras and camera bodies from eBay. Lenses have international warranties but cameras themselves don't. If they come from Hong Kong etc, you're usually buying kit with no EC safety rated and no warranty.
Apart from copy and pasting the DPReview "Cons" sections of the reviews, do you have any experience with these cameras?
Lets go through some of them and compare them to your dead A85...
Pen Ep1 bad points:
Slow focus requires a more considered approach to shooting
Some highlight clipping (and poor dynamic range at ISO 100)
- considerably better
Low resolution screen that's hard to see in bright light
- much larger screen, over twice the resolution
No built-in flash
- is this really an issue? The flash on the G11 isn't exactly great either.
Complicated menu system not that easy to navigate
- you get used to anything like that
Preview image brightness doesn't always match the captured image brightness
- neither do most cameras
Poor focus, slow lens and jerky live view image make shooting in very low light frustrating, to say the least
- much much much faster and more accurate than the A85
No AF illuminator
- neither did the A85
The most interesting Art Filters slow down operation (and make the movie mode virtually useless)
- do you care about movie or art filters?
I'm not even going to bother with the G11. What you've done is what lots of people do and go straight to the reviews and read the negatives. You didn't post all the good comments they made about this camera.
No-one can tell you what to buy. If you want the best image quality for the money, something like an EP-1 or GF-1 with a monofocal lens will give you that. They won't be much larger or heavier than the G11 either. But if you want a compact camera the G11 is probably the best all rounder.
The other cameras you mentioned (Nikon D5000 and Canon EOS 550D) are more expensive that you're original budget. They're also much larger and heavier.
I think you need to prioritise whats important. Size? Cost? Image quality? Flexibility?
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