Playing the perfect serious compact “game”

Jock Elliott

Hall of Famer
Jan 3, 2012
Troy, NY
If this was a trip to Santa’s Lap, what would be your “perfect” serious compact camera?
Here’s my concept:
- Compact rangefinder type configuration
- Dial for shutter with auto setting
- Dial for aperture with auto setting
- Dial for ISO with auto setting
- Dial for exposure compensation
- Dial for modes
- Viewfinder and/or EVF with frame line
- Quick autofocus complementing by good manual focus capabilities
- Fast lens
- Weather proofing
- Ability to use AA batteries in a pinch
- Context sensitive Q menu for controls not covered by knobs
- Big sensor, small zoom lens (4 or 5x), augmented by digital zoom (think Sony RX1 with zoom and viewfinder)

Now it’s your turn: what your fantasy for the ultimate serious compact?

Ray Sachs

Sep 21, 2010
Not too far from Philly
you should be able to figure it out...
LX7, with same similar 24-90mm equivalent, f1.4 - 2.3 lens. Same features and interface, but...

Larger as needed to accommodate:

1" sensor,
Fuji like jpeg engine, but not at expense of raw processing.
Flip up touch screen like that on OMD, EPL5, and XZ2.

That's it - LX7 with better sensor and one additional feature.


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