High-end compact camera.


There has been an interesting development in camera world and i am as usual far to late with adopting to it.

Sinds the digital era, in general, there have been 2 categories of digital cameras: Compact and Digital SLR. The first is excellent for people who want to take there family or holiday photo´s, the later is for the more advanced or professional photographer who want to have interchangeable lens system. Both categories have there own sub-categories but I don’t have to cover them for this item. The big advantages of a compact camera are the fact that you can easily take it with you and that you don´t have to think about the shooting, you just point and shoot. The big disadvantage is that because of it size there is no place for a big sensor and quality lenses. usually these camera have plastic elements witch honestly are not the best of quality.
So, if you want more quality then you step it up to an interchangeable lens system like a DSLR. These cameras have a bigger sensor, sometimes up to 12 times bigger, so they can produce higher quality images with more detail and better contrast. The disadvantage… they are huge compared with a Ixus.So the manufacturers came up with something new. They took a small body, a bit bigger than the average compact camera, put a bigger sensor in there and finished it of with high quality glass, sometimes even interchangeable. One of the first company who introduced there model was Sigma with the DP1. A small body with a APS-C sensor and a non-changeable 16.6 mm lens (28 mm for the 35mm equivalent). Even though the camera wasn’t a huge hit, it did start of a trend which will most likely not stop soon, building high quality sensors with high qualtity glass in a compact retro body. Shortly after Sigma followed Panasonic and Olympus with there retro looking interchangeable lens, micro 4/3 cameras. this is where the trend really set off.

Today there are many companies offering similar cameras: Sony has there Sony Nex line-up; Fujfilm offers two models in there “X” line; Olympus with there micro 4/3 “E”; Nikon just recently introduced there “1” serie; Sigma offers 6 models with the same concept, and at the top of the price range sits Leica with there M- and X series. The only brand missing…. Canon, my favorite camera brand.

Lately I leave my camera to much at home, the reason: To big, to much. I think that the world of “small body- big sensor” cameras is a nice way for me to be able to continue my hobby. But I am afraid that there are just to many options. Zoom lens vs. non-zoom; changeable lenses vs. non-changeable; optical viewfinder vs. electronic viewfinder; Retro vs. modern….

For now I would think that the concept of the Fujifilm X100 is the best: APS-C CMOS sensor with a 35mm f2,0 lens in a retro body. The downsize: price! Today it ships for € 1098,-.
Before I want to commit myself to something like that I want to make shure that this is the direction I really want to go and to find that out I am going to find a nice second hand Sigma DP2. Why the DP2: APS-C sensor, 42mm lens.
In the meantime I am hoping for two things: Canon introduces there system camera, or the price of the announced Fujifilm with interchangeable lens is not to high. Otherwise I will be looking thrue a viewfinder of a Fujifim X100 when time comes.