Thursday, December 02, 2010

'Enthusiast' compact camera group test

Digital Photography Review have published a group test of the Canon Powershot S95, Panasonic Lumix LX5 and Nikon Coolpix P7000.

A precis of the conclusions follows:

"...of the three, we're most impressed by the Canon S95 and Panasonic LX5, which combine excellent image quality with hassle-free ergonomics and genuinely compact bodies. The Nikon Coolpix P7000 turns out great images but is considerably larger and heavier, and- crucially - its poor operational speed is impossible to overlook... this makes it a profoundly unlikeable camera."

"As far as image quality... all of them are capable of detailed, colorful results in JPEG mode, and even in poor light, noise is well-controlled considering the size of their sensors... if we had to pick one camera purely on the basis of image quality we'd probably plump for the S95, for its sharp, detailed JPEGs."

"If you're looking for a genuinely 'compact' compact camera the Canon S95 is worth serious consideration. It's the smallest and least-expensive camera in this group, and it is comfortable and easy to use, as well as being slim enough to fit inside a shirt pocket."

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