Best Compact for Macro


Zen Snapshooter
Jul 13, 2011
Lexington, VA
The title says it all. Which noninterchangeable lens compact has the highest quality macro capabilities? Might be looking to make a purchase for laboratory usage.


Jul 8, 2010
Ricoh GRD4. Without a doubt.

It doesn't quite meet your criteria, but the Ricoh GXR 50mm is another very good option.


Hall of Famer
Dec 6, 2011
Probably the GRDIV though I don't have one anymore... but to be honest as a very enthusiastic macro photographer.. none of them. I want the big glass and what it produces which is why I can't fully convert to compact.


Super Moderator Emeritus
Nov 5, 2010
Down Under
Mate if you framed the question just a little differently then I have a definitive answer for you.
......"Best Macro for Compact"

Hands down the PL 45mm Macro-Elmarit! Works on the EP2 and can be had for less than a GRD4 new. :thumbsup:

Cabbage White by stillshunter, on Flickr


Oct 14, 2011
I like what i get from my GRD III, one reason I love using compact cameras is they have versatile lens, wide aperture + macro focus + zoom all in one package. makes it very convenient if you want to travel light



Mar 4, 2012
Isn't the Fuji X10 quite good too for Macro ?

I myself had a LX5 for a while

below some photos i took with it


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