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    Default Point and shoot...

    If you had to select a camera for multiple people to check out and use (in an graphic design office environment), what would you choose? It must be point and shoot, no interchangeable lens cameras, since the level of photography experiences vary.

    It needs to be small (since we travel a lot with other gear like laptops and paper documentation) as well as be able to shoot in low light situations without a flash (we do a lot of work in hospitals and using a flash is a no-no). It would also be nice (for me), if it could shoot in RAW.

    I was thinking: RX-100, S110, XZ-10 or XZ-1. Any others come to mind. The reason I tossed in the last two is because our office also owns one of the tough series cameras which uses the same battery as those.
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    Default Re: Point and shoot...

    The list looks sensible. The ones missing are the Fuji X20 and Panasonic LX7.

    And some would say the XZ2, as it has replaced the XZ1; but I guess there are some really nice deals on the XZ1 now.

    I think I would go for the Panasonic LX7 if the lens range is usable. The iA auto mode from Panasonic is one of the best "no-brainer" user-modes out there.
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    I returned a Sony rx 100--image quality was contrary to all the reviews. Found a great deal on a Panasonic lx 5 and quite like it. As mentioned, buying the previous generation gives you a lot of performance for the price. My lx5 was 60% less than its original price. The Oly xz-1 would be a good choice at this time.
    My partner has a Sony hx 30 and she loves it. The iA+ mode is great as a no brainer point and shoot function.
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    I'm an LX fan having the 3 and 5. As noted, iA mode is pretty reliable, the tethered lens cap can't be lost, the popup flash is decent, the lens is wide and fast, and battery life is excellent. I believe the Oly XZ series has similar qualities, even if the lenses aren't quite as wide. The Canon S-series battery life is too poor, IMHO.

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    I'd go with an LX5 if you can find one.

    The one consideration is if you want a collapsible lens. I've found that collapsible lens in the hands of the less experienced can sometimes result in a damaged lens (banged off the moorings). A tough series camera (Panasonic TS, which I have, for example)and although the IQ isn't as great and can be a bit noisy, is a good choice too as it can withstand the bangs, bumps and falling off tables that invaraibly happen when "pooled" equipment is used; unfortunately, some people don't really pay that much attention.
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    I have an LX5 and like it quite a lot. One thing that might make you consider it - you can get an electronic viewfinder for it fairly inexpensively (about $130) - I don't mean the optical one, they have an EFT that plugs into the camera. That adds flexibility to the camera and might make it useable in more situations, which sounds like something that would be good in your case. You can even angle the EFT some.

    Edit: here is the EFT at B&H: Panasonic DMW-LVF-1 External Live View Finder DMW-LVF1 B&H Photo

    Unfortunately, they no longer seem to have the LX-5 new. I bought it there only a few months ago.
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    Having a hard time finding an LX-5, so I think that I'm going to just get the LX-7 (with the auto lens cap)...
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    Default Re: Point and shoot...

    LX7 tests have been quite complimentary, so I don't think you're surrendering anything the LX5 brings to the table. I've seen them on sale for less than $300, which would make for quite a bargain.

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    what's nice too, is that if we like it, they'd (my office) would buy a couple since it is less expensive...which they wouldn't do if we chose the sony.
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    Default Re: Point and shoot...

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick_D View Post
    I've seen them on sale for less than $300, which would make for quite a bargain.

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by doofclenas View Post
    with the auto lens cap...
    This is the first time I have ever heard of an "auto lens cap." So I looked on the Adorama website and see they have one for the Lx-7 and also the Lx-5. I would really like one on the LX-5 because it is awkward using the regular lens cap - much worse than with a DSLR lens cap somehow, because it is smaller.

    My question - do these things really work - i.e. automatically flip open when you activate the camera and close when you turn it off? It wouldn't be so bad if you had to operate them manually, since just having the cap ATTACHED to the end of the lens is the most convenient thing, so you could just lever it up and down manually. But do they work as described? The LX-5 refuses to even try to open the lens if it encounters any resistence (i.e. the regular lens cap is on), so I am kind of wondering. Anyone have any experience with one of these gizmos?
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    Default Re: Point and shoot...

    The reviews on Amazon related to the lens cap are pretty positive. one user commented that it interfered at wide angle.

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    I'll let you know hopefully soon how it works...I've seen a few videos of them in action...turn on the camera, and the lens pops through, turn it off, and it retracts.
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    I have an LX5 with an automatic lens cap. I think it was from JCC but don't recall for sure at this point. It's worked very well for me. I'm a bit rough on it. I carry it in a thigh pocket skiing in cold weather, take it kayaking, etc. I've kind of noticed it wanting to stick a little once in a while recently. But it was a good purchase for me.

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    Sounds pretty good. I looked at Amazon and the pictures there show how it works. Think I'll get one. Thanks for the info, guys!
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    By the way, Olympus now sells a neat OEM automatic lens cap for the XZ-1 and XZ-2 cameras, called the LC-63A. I am thinking about getting two, one for each camera.

    Here's the Oly Europe link (can't seem to find it on Oly USA, but it's easy to find an Amazon, B&H etc.)

    Olympus - LC-63A - Digital Cameras - Compact Cameras Accessories\

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    I do miss my xz-1 time to time...and I think had I known about these caps before I sold mine to a friend, I'd probably still have it...then again I do love the EPM2 and 20/45mm combo. I'm sure once I get my hands on the LX-7 for work, I'll miss my xz-1 even more...
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