I'm stuck between 3 cameras and trying to figure out what to buy. Â I take a lot of outdoor and indoor (long exposure) shots. Â My 3 choices: 1) Panasonic DMC LC1/Leica Lumix 2
Pros: build quality, excellent Leica Summicron lens, ease of use, viewfinder, larger CCD 2/3. bounce flash setting. Cons: Price, size, slowest shutter speed of 8 secs., highest ISO equivalent is 400 2) Nikon Coolpix 8400
Pros: Wide angle 24mm equiv., swingout LCD, larger CCD 2/3 Cons: reviews not out yet - I will be buying soon, Ugly as sin 3) Sony DSC V3
Pros: Price, long shutter speed of 30 secs, ISO equiv up to 800, nicer looking than the Nikon, unlimited VGA movie mode. Cons: problems with apeture settings on auto/program auto, jog dial easy to knock and change settings, 35mm equiv. wide angle, no thread to attach a circular polarizer. Any thoughts? btw. I don't want an DSLR.
Since it has been phased out recently, you can probably get a Sony V1, a wide angle converter, and an adapter for use with a circular polarizer for the same price as a V3. I have a V1 specifically because it is the size of a film P&S camera yet has a hot shoe and pre-flash TTL metering when used with an external flash. It's not pocketable (unless you have some REALLY big pockets) but fits nicely in a small camera bag; the V3 is quite a bit larger. I don't enlarge past 8x10, so I have no problems with the pixel count being lower on the V1 than the V3. I wouldn't count on the ISO 800 ability of the V3 for much, on the V1 the noise is pretty bad, and it may be worse on the V3 due to the higher pixel count on the same size sensor. None of the P&S style digital cameras I have seen are going to be a joy to use with a polarizer. It's too difficult to judge effects on the low res EVF or back screens. Of those three, if I had the cash I'd probably get the DMC LC1, because of the film camera-like controls. Sony has some of the least friendly control sets for SLR/RF users to transition to, and the DMC LC1 (by design) has a great user interface. The 24mm equivalent on the Nikon seems pretty tempting, though.