May 17, 2014 at 1:02 pm #1316917
I've been researching a new camera. My main purpose is to document my trips rather than to create large format prints or exhibition. I am serious beginner photographer with a life long quest to shoot luminous mountain-scapes, including geological details, interesting botanical details, and an increasing interest in time-lapses and panoramas.
I do appreciate good image quality and details. For the last few years in the interest of saving weight I've been backpacking with either a Leica D-Lux 2 or a Lumix DMC LX3. The D-Lux which was my lightest camera but very limited finally died on my last trip to the Sierras resulting in bad streaking on most images and a stuck lens closure mechanism. The Lumix LX-3 body was cracked when dropped on a caving expedition two years ago and I don't really trust the camera anymore. These days I reach for my iphone 5 camera for most everyday needs but when I'm out in the mountains I feel the need to make better images. My last two trips in April to the Canadian Rockies and Yellowstone with just my iphone were definitely light, but the resulting images a bit anorexic despite no lack of phenomenal material to shoot. I was hanging out with friends and professional photographers. Many of whom had Sony RX100s in their pockets. I was impressed with the results.
So I've begun the quest for a new camera. My first since 2009 when I got the LX3. I've pretty much ignored camera development since then and it seems like a whole new world out there.
I've narrowed down my choices to a couple contenders based on what I'm interested in.
Lumix GM1 with a wide, prime lens.
Sigma DP1 Merril
Newly announced Sony RX100iii
I've looked at the Ricoh GR and the several Canons (S100, S110, G1) none of which really appeal to me.
I'm looking for some additional feedback. I know the RX100iii was just announced this week but I am leaning towards it. On paper it looks like it might be a great performer with the brighter 24mm lens spec, the built in viewfinder and the proven great sensor.
I've also considered just upgrading to an LX7, buying it used and keeping an eye out for a used DP1M down the road. And unless I get the new Sony I'll be buying anything I get used.
Thoughts, suggestions, flaws in my search, deals to point me towards? I've been pricing new on B&H and comparing used prices on Fred Miranda. Would be grateful for advice on where else to look. rather hesitant to buy a digital on Ebay…justified?May 17, 2014 at 2:49 pm #2103436
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
I like my G15.
CheersMay 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm #2103454
Brendan SwihartBPL Member
@brendansLocale: Fruita CO
Curious what you don't like about the Ricoh GR. The GR is quite a bit more versatile than the Sigma (I almost exclusively shoot with a Merrill) and will pretty easily give you better IQ than anything else on your list except for the Sigma at low ISO. The Ricoh user interface is excellent.
For general trip documenting under a variety of shooting conditions I think it's tough to beat the Sonys. The iii sounds great but I'd wait til they start showing up used. I don't think it'll be worth paying twice as much as the current going rate for the i or ii.May 17, 2014 at 10:04 pm #2103528
Peter JamesBPL Member
@pbjamesLocale: High Sierra
I have an LX7 that I haven't used much since acquiring a Fuji X-E1. PM me for more info if you'd like to discuss possibly acquiring it from me. Thanks.May 18, 2014 at 4:31 pm #2103748
Franco DarioliBPL Member
If I were you I would wait for some real world photos from the nes RX100 III.
On paper it looks very tempting.May 19, 2014 at 4:37 pm #2104135
So after reading Brendan's message I went back to read additional reviews and see more pictures taken with the GR. I've decided to add back to the list. For the weight it seems to offer an impressive sensor size. The focal lenght would work for me and it has a proven ability to do time lapses. I'm going to wait to see a rx100iii before I make my mind up. Not sure if a new version of the Ricoh is also in the works that might be worth waiting for?May 20, 2014 at 1:57 pm #2104420
My Ricoh is Awesome. If you'd like to look at some examples of what it can do, send me a pm and i'll send you some links to my google drive to see some of the full size photos i've taken with it while backpacking.
I added the wide angle adapter (heavy, but 20mm wide angle is fun to shoot sometimes) and the filter tube adapter (49mm filters).
i switched to it from my RX100 when that broke. Sometimes i miss having a zoom, but overall it fits 99% of what i need it for.
TrailGroove MagazineMay 20, 2014 at 6:07 pm #2104524
I'm interested to hear your experience with any dust issues carrying this camera in the desert?May 20, 2014 at 9:29 pm #2104576
I haven't had any "issues" with dust, but that doesn't mean that any didn't get in. I've actually been thinking about getting it cleaned after my next two desert trips coming up and seeing what they find, if anything.
I can see where people might believe that the lens design is a dust trap, but I normally carry it on my shoulder (lowepro dashpoint 20 case) and i now keep the filter tube and a Marumi s-dhg circular polarizer filter on it at all times, which for all intents and purposes seals the lens. If i want to take a shot without the filter, the whole tube assembly snaps off and back on pretty quick.
My current kit –
GH-3 Hood/filter tube kit (i keep the hood in the toplid, comes in handy sometimes)
GW-3 Wide angle adapter (20mm equiv. – kinda heavy, but very nice, stays in the toplid)
two extra "wasabi power" batteries (top lid)
Marumi SDHG CP filter
Marumi variable ND filter (in a small hard case in toplid)
mini rocket air and small microfiber cloth (for cleaning)
Also now i'm carrying a Ricoh Theta 360 too (for CNN's spherical report) and my Galaxy S5 to control it.
I'll also carry either my Gitzo GT-531 tripod w/ G1077M head (preferred) or Zipshot mini (lighter, for trips when i doubt i'll use it)
I also just picked up a Vixen Polarie for doing long night exposures too!
All of my camera equipment is ruining my baseweight :-P
(still ridiculously light for the quality i get out of it for the magazine)May 21, 2014 at 11:01 am #2104742
rick .BPL Member
@overheadviewLocale: Charlotte, NC
I'm in a similar use-group as you, and currently use an S-90 that is seeing the end of its life. Bought used at B&H, thousands of photos and tens of trips and I'm still happy with it.
I'd like to post an add'l consideration for the Canon S series.
The manual controls are not matched anywhere short of an SLR in my opinion. If you shoot manual or aperture/shutter priority, you will feel at home. The shortest path to mediocre photos is to let the camera pick the settings (not to say it's impossible, just shortest path).
It remembers the right settings and forgets the right settings when you turn it off/on. Its nice, it keeps the main exposure settings but reverts special one-time things, zoom, etc. Which means once dialed in, it's ready to shoot right out of your pocket.
The lens is fast and pretty wide for P&S. The sensor is the largest in the class (but smaller than all the others you list).
They have true RAW files. S90 weighs 8oz, and is my go-to backpacking camera when I leave its bigger brothers at home. I'd personally skip the touchscreen version (110) for backwoods use, but my friend likes it to pick autofocus point.
I am looking for a waterproof point/shoot around/under 8oz if anyone has suggestions (canoe trips are heating up).
(I'd skip ebay. B&H and Adorama both have extensive used collections, slightly more expensive but have a 30-day lemon policy. KEH.com is also a great used source. Again, usually more than ebay but great quality and return policy).May 21, 2014 at 11:31 am #2104754
daniel BBPL Member
@dbogeyLocale: East Coast
Drown – I'm a current rx100 owner (1st generation) and will be selling it to purchase the rx100 iii. I recently purchased the Nikon d7100 and returned it after comparing the pics from my rx100 to it. The rs100 has been with me on all my hikes and I can only imagine that the iii will be a much better camera. checkout dpreview.com – is a great hangout.May 22, 2014 at 5:34 am #2105051
Jennifer MitolBPL Member
@jenmitolLocale: In my dreams....
Kind of a dumb question –
Does the rx100 (any version) really have a manual focus ring on the lens?? It certainly seems that way from the specs and what I read……May 22, 2014 at 7:14 am #2105080
Dave GreyBPL Member
All versions of the RX100 have a "multi-function" ring around the lens, you can use this for focus, zoom, ISO, shutter-speed, aperture and a few others. It is smooth in rotation (no clicks). Please note that it has no direct mechanical connection to the lens, it's a "fly-by-wire" sort of affair.
DaveMay 22, 2014 at 12:16 pm #2105168
Not really a 2nd half of 2014 camera but has anyone here owned a Lumix LF1? I recognize that it's mildly absurd that I'm looking for another camera in light of the fact that my Sony A6000 has been in my grubby hands for less than a week but I'm looking for a camera I can carry with me every day in my pocket and I no longer own a smart phone.
RX100iii looks pretty sweet but unfortunately the price tag reflects this at more than 3x the cost of the Lumix.May 22, 2014 at 1:53 pm #2105192
Michael LBPL Member
If you ever hit the pool/river/water, I'd suggest getting a waterproof for a 3rd (?) camera. I take my Olympus to the waterpark with the kid, rainy dayhikes, and rafting. It is nice not having to worry at all.May 22, 2014 at 2:24 pm #2105200
That was something I've considered since we kayak from time to time but I'm concerned about its performance at that level. For example, my dad has a Lumix ZS-20 or 25 (can't remember which but probably the 25) and I've been very impressed with its results.
Which Olympus are you using and how is it working out for you, especially in low light situations?May 22, 2014 at 3:03 pm #2105205
Michael LBPL Member
Olympus TG-1iHS 12 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom.
Had to look back on amazon to see what I had. I am sure it isn't as great as some of the others. But I have 5 cameras now and can't buy one for EVERY situation. I go it for taking to the pool truthfully. I have since retired the older canon P&S and use this exclusively as a pocket camera for when I don't want to tote my DSLR.
There was the Cnet review. I think they are several models down the road. I got mine in 2012. It was great for underwater. It isn't the best P&S, so if your chances of needing or wanting it around water are low, then go for the better IQ elsewhere. Low light was "ok" for me, but definitely better out there.
For me, it was an acceptable trade off. The kid swimming under water is fun for photos! But yeah, if your priorities are different, then you will want to look at another…May 22, 2014 at 3:12 pm #2105208
I'll probably stick with a Lumix then unless I find something better at that price point. I think having a waterproof camera is nice but I'd like to get a GoPro for my kayak once they start discounting it for the next release.
After looking at what the ZS20/25 is selling for on Amazon, I have to wonder if the LF1 is worth an extra $100.May 23, 2014 at 11:26 pm #2105592
Franco DarioliBPL Member
Some sample shots from the new Sony here :
http://www.cameraegg.org/sony-rx100-iii-sample-images/May 26, 2014 at 5:45 pm #2106083
Well decision made. I've just found a used DP1M for a good price locally so I'm thinking of getting that for now. I'll see later how to supplement or replace it if I'm not happy. But I think its a good landscape camera for me for my current needs.
MMay 28, 2014 at 8:32 pm #2106782
So just after finding a good deal on the Sigma I also located a used Ricoh GR on FM and was convinced to get that instead. It will arrive tomorrow!! Now I need to learn how to shoot with it before my Sierra trip in Sept. If I come into more cash before then I might also get a DP3 Merrill to supplement the wide lens of the GR. Since they use the same kind of battery that could be a good complement.Jun 4, 2014 at 12:06 pm #2108823
Another benefit for the Ricoh GR, they just announced another firmware update, which has some nice new features, including a faster auto-focus.Jun 9, 2014 at 3:26 pm #2110089
Matthew ReeseBPL Member
I know you've already made your decision, but I thought I'd throw in my 2 cents:
I bought the Panasonic Lumix GM1 around Christmas, and really wanted to like it. In some ways, I do; it is capable of taking some fantastic pictures. The combination of the m4/3 sensor and the optically capable kit lens work very well together. However it is a frustrating camera to use. At least with the kit lens, turning it on is two-handed operation, as it is necessary to manually twist the lens to extend it. Not a problem most of the time, but if I'm wanting to take a quick snap, holding trekking poles, it is just cumbersome. The buttons, both physical and on the touch screen, are tiny, and hard to see. It is almost impossible to use the rear control dial without pushing it in, changing a setting. Finally, while it is small, the lens prevents it from being a pocket camera. Obviously the engineers did everything possible to make the smallest ILC camera, and succeeded admirably. However the ergonomic trade-offs just aren't worth it, to me. I think I'm going to sell it and get the RX 100iii.
Another thought about a waterproof camera: I've been using my iPhone 5c with a LIfeproof case as my second, waterproof camera, and have been pleasantly surprised by the results. And it's a dual-use item to boot.Jun 9, 2014 at 5:50 pm #2110140
Just an FYI. You might want to hold off for a month or so on getting a new rx100. The rumours are that Panasonic will be releasing a new LX series competitor to the rx100 mid JulyJun 9, 2014 at 6:28 pm #2110149
Seems like those rumors have been persisting for a while. I ended up with both a Ricoh GR and a Sigma DP3M.
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