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    Advice selecting a portable cammera

    Hi all,
    I am looking forward to buy a pocket (small) cammera. Not a simple automatic one (I have my phone for that) but one that I can manage speed, aperture, etc. and with raw.
    I would like to stay within Nikon but most of the critics I've read refer me to the other brands: Sony, RIcoh, Fuyi, Panasonic...
    That's why I came to ask you that are surely Nikon fans. Is there any good option or I should move to a different make?
    Thanks in advance.
    Cheers


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    Re: Advice selecting a portable cammera

    Quote Originally Posted by nestor.stura View Post
    Hi all,
    I am looking forward to buy a pocket (small) cammera. Not a simple automatic one (I have my phone for that) but one that I can manage speed, aperture, etc. and with raw.
    I would like to stay within Nikon but most of the critics I've read refer me to the other brands: Sony, RIcoh, Fuyi, Panasonic...
    That's why I came to ask you that are surely Nikon fans. Is there any good option or I should move to a different make?
    Thanks in advance.
    Cheers
    Do you want something with a fixed lens or interchangeable lenses? Do you want/need a hot-shoe? Also, what sort of budget do you have?
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    Re: Advice selecting a portable cammera

    Quote Originally Posted by Horoscope Fish View Post
    Do you want something with a fixed lens or interchangeable lenses? Do you want/need a hot-shoe? Also, what sort of budget do you have?
    Hi,thanks. I want something comfortable to carry it with me. I thought about N1 J5 or an EVIL but if I am not wrong this will mean carrying two lenses or more. Are these really better?
    In terms of budget I move between $400-$800.
    Néstor

    "Bad times, hard times — this what people keep saying. But let us live well and times shall be good. Such as we are, such are the times." — Saint Augustine


    Nikon D3300, Lumix TZ200/XS200
    AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
    AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
    AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR
    AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
    Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II

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    Re: Advice selecting a portable cammera

    Quote Originally Posted by nestor.stura View Post
    Hi,thanks. I want something comfortable to carry it with me. I thought about N1 J5 or an EVIL but if I am not wrong this will mean carrying two lenses or more. Are these really better?
    In terms of budget I move between $400-$800.
    I don't know what you mean by an "EVIL". The N1 J5 is a pretty capable camera for what it is, but the whole N1 line has been discontinued by Nikon and lens selection, if that matters to you, will be limited because of that. Personally, I'd look elsewhere.

    In your stated price range I'd tell you to look into a Sony a6000 or, if your budget allowed it, the Sony a6300.
    Last edited by Horoscope Fish; 06-12-2019 at 02:28 AM.
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    Re: Advice selecting a portable cammera

    Quote Originally Posted by Horoscope Fish View Post
    I don't know what you mean by an "EVIL". The N1 J5 is a pretty capable camera for what it is, but the whole N1 line has been discontinued by Nikon and lens selection, if that matters to you, will be limited because of that. Personally, I'd look elsewhere.

    In your stated price range I'd tell you to look into a Sony a6000 or, if your budget allowed it, the Sony a6300.
    Thanks. Very interesting.
    P.S. EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder with Interchangeable Lens)


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    "Bad times, hard times — this what people keep saying. But let us live well and times shall be good. Such as we are, such are the times." — Saint Augustine


    Nikon D3300, Lumix TZ200/XS200
    AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
    AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
    AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR
    AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
    Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II

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    Re: Advice selecting a portable cammera

    I try to avoid recommending none Nikon cameras but on this occasion apart from the Nikon 1 series i cant think of any Nikons.

    Try looking at the Panasonic m4/3 compact range,most come with a 12-32 lens which is the same FOV as a 24-62 on nikon full frame
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    Re: Advice selecting a portable cammera

    Quote Originally Posted by nestor.stura View Post
    Thanks. Very interesting.
    P.S. EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder with Interchangeable Lens)

    This is a Amazing Acronym I plan to steal
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    Re: Advice selecting a portable cammera

    I just bought a pocket size compact. Since I can't live without a viewfinder I ended up choosing between Sony CyberShot DSC-RX100 IV or V-a and Canon's new PowerShot G5 X Mark II.
    I ended up with the Canon on a Black Friday deal.
    Sony has faster AF and is a tad more portable. It needs the grip that is sold separately to be comfortable holding. Sony gets better reviews for film capability.
    Canons camera has touchscreen which simplifies handling and setting parameters, Better EVF functionality, a built in grip and a little more configurability with a wheel for exposure compensation.
    Canon RAW files are CR3 which is a file format that Lightroom 6 doesn't read, so I have to convert to DNG before importing. CR3 can't be viewed in Windows either (no codec available).
    I tested it this weekend for the first time at a concert shoot (low light) and compared to a Pentax K-1 with a Tamron 70-200/2.8 it performed surprisingly well.
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    Re: Advice selecting a portable cammera

    I bought a NEX-6 with the PZ 16-50 used for about £200 here in the UK.

    Downside: only 16mpixel
    Upside: rumour is it's the same sensor as a Nikon D7000. Better EVF that an A6000?

    The software is a bit "clunky" but all of the same controls are there as a DSLR.

    For £20 I bought an adapter so that Nikon lenses can go on it. It's manual focus but the focus peaking works well.

    The distortion of the PZ kit lens is pretty bad in raw mode but the distortion is corrected in the jpegs. You can save both if you want to correct the distortion yourself.

    It will fit in a coat pocket but not in a jeans pocket.

    For £200 I don't have to be too precious about it.





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