In search of a compact camera

Thursday 24 June 2010
I haven't used a compact camera for well over 10 years now. Whilst it's great having a DSLR so that I can ultimately control the kind of shot I want to take, it can be a pain lugging a heavy camera along with its accessories. Most of the time I ended up leaving my DSLR behind especially when I've got L with me. It also means I have to carry a huge handbag just to fit the camera.

Although, I've read tons of reviews over a period of 3 years, they don't often come with photos. I don't want to know the technical ins and outs of a camera. I don't want to know that the camera is practically a robot and can perform magic tricks. I just want a camera which satisfy these 5 requirements  a) take sharp photos  b) small enough to fit into a handbag  3 ) comes with a rechargeable battery  4) with option to take RAW files  5) doesn't cost an arm and a leg.  Each time I came across a blogger with amazing photos, I'd email to find out the type of camera he/she was using. I narrowed my search down to 3 cameras.

Canon Powershot G11  £399 at Amazon

Leica D-Lux 4   £629 at John Lewis

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3   £298.40 at Amazon

Hubby who now has a burgeoning interest in photography wants a Leica. We searched high and low for a Leica D-Lux 4 for months but it was sold out everywhere. Although I am an avid supporter of Canon, the G11 was far too bulky, which left the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3. The Panasonic DMC LX3 is almost identical to the Leica D-Lux 4  in every sense. Since we've purchased the Panasonic, I've noticed that John Lewis and Amazon are now stocking the Leica compact camera again.

Here are 3 photos I've taken with the Panasonic with a little post-editing on the Photoshop. The quality is impressive for a little camera. I've used Aperture Priority and chose the large JPG file option. Although it's not as sharp as my Canon 17-55mm IS lens but it's just as good as my new Canon 18-200mm IS and far cheaper.





  1. Are you still looking for the D-lux Marlene? Probably not, but in case you are I have one that's been sitting in my drawer collecting dust for the last 4 years. Nothing wrong with it, but my Nikon D90 has taken it's place as my regular point and shoot. I haven't been able to part with it because I guess some part of me believes Leica's are collectible. Ridiculous I know.

    xx Jenee C.
    {camo meets couture}



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