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looking at a new P&S camera ?
Posted by infofrog on Sunday, December 03, 2017 12:52 PM

Before i start , I do have Nikon 3200 but it little old and just to big for my needs . 

I been looking at Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX10 for my models and everyday  carry around camera . Plus it has WiFi to transfer photos to iphone . 

Any thoughts 

Thanks

Rick

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Sunday, December 03, 2017 1:16 PM

I'm going to say that the 3200 is actually better for shooting models. It has a 24 mp DX format CMOS sensor which despite it's age is still better than the 20 mp 1" MOS sensor on the Limux (the pixel count doesn't matter, the sensor size/pixel density matters). Additionally, you could add a dedicated DX format Micro Nikkor lens if you wanted to get close to your models. Camera size and weight doesn't matter to shoot models. it's sitting by your bench wating, not travelling with you. (Note I'm using an old, even bigger D300 with a big, heavy expensive Nikkor lens for the same silly purpose. I haven't carried it anywhere for over 5 years. All my expensive Nikkor FX glass gathers dust.

Now, that said, if you have the bug to buy a camera, this or any other comment will not stop you, and the Limux looks to be a fun carry around pocket camera. And I'm sure you'd have fun with it. And it would probably do a fine job on your model projects, too. 

You might want to check the specs for closest focusing distance on the Limux and compare it to the kit lens on your Nikon.

-Greg

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, December 04, 2017 8:56 AM

I find manual focus very important for shooting models (closeup work).  The autofocus algorithms these days, good for general shooting, are not adequate for closeup (macro) work.

I do have a compact camera that I use for occasional photography where I don't want to lug my SLR around, but for photographing my models, I will be shooting in house or backyard, so not much of a burden.  Electronic viewfinders do not have adquate resolution for good manual focus, and, as I say, algorithms not yet smart enough to use macro focusing tricks we have learned through the years (focus 1/3 back on model, etc).

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Greg on Monday, December 04, 2017 12:46 PM

Good point by Don.

-Greg

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Posted by infofrog on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 6:41 AM

Thank you all 

 

I like my Nikon 3200 it just big for everyday photo taken . Maybe the smartphone has caused me to rethink the size . I was looking at Pananisonic Lx10 small pocket with lens 1.4 or 2.8 . Plus it wifi to smartphone  I was think just upgrading my phone but at 1000 dollars for better camera . I just get better camera . 

Thanks 

Rick

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1299316-REG/panasonic_lumix_dmc_lx10_digital_camera.html

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  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Sunday, December 10, 2017 8:43 AM

Not too far back under this subject I did some comparisons between DSLRs vs Point and Shoot. The results were suprising. The really expensive Nikon D3x DSLR with specialty lenses really can shoot exceptional stuff. It's opponent was the P&S Nikon Coolpix P330. The P330 with its smaller sensor and resulting shorter lens resulted better depth of field and ease of operation. The added depth of field made the Nikon P330 a clear winner in the really close up and ease of operation tests. The DSLR with its big sensor and superior lenses will always win in most situations but in many cases a good P&S will meet the requirements and can be more practical.

Scary! Being a professional photographer and having almost unlimited Nikon gear I find myself using the Nikon P&S for almost all forum internet work. Pro work requires pro equipment but point and shoot meet almost all requirements for internet and monitors especially in work with extreme close up such as our Forum.

Technology is really moving along and the phones are starting to fill these niches.

I hope this helps. More info several posts back on this subject.

Max

PS--you 3200 guys have a camera that can cover 99% of all professional assignments. Hi-res with interchangeable lenses. Quite the camera and a good buy.

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Posted by infofrog on Sunday, December 10, 2017 12:18 PM

I end up getting a Canon G7X Mark 2 . Do I enjoy this camera a lot . This will be my work horse camera. Plus its wifi . 

 

 

The Canon Reps were at the camera shop . I even got new hat . 

 

My first photo with it in auto mode and jpeg format . It has been switch to Raw and some setting fine tuned . i also got canon digital photo professional editor . I really like this editor . 

 

 

 

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Posted by Greg on Monday, December 11, 2017 11:50 AM

I think you'll like that camera. Canon has been my go-to for P&S for years, and I've had several.

A quick comment, you mentioned switching to raw and tweaking some settings. Unless you know why you switched to raw and how you are going to process your pics, you will likely hate your new camera thinking it is taking "bad pictures". Also, all the settings you changed probably won't matter if shooting raw.

If you know all about a raw workflow, sorry about that. I'm just trying to save you from frustration that most folks get first time they decide to 'shoot raw'. (Idea: shoot jpeg+raw....that's what I always do with my Canon P&S's)

But hey, mostly have fun!! Your intro pic looks great.

-Greg

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