I'm searching for a camera which will be used for shooting fast moving things in low light conditions (people in nightclubs, or similarly illuminated spaces) and, secondarily, for landscapes and panoramas on hiking trips (but I do my panorama stiching manually).
From what I understood, reading the old answers here, for shooting in low light conditions, which is the more demanding situation of the
two, the main considerations are:
- lens aperture (lower f-stop) - the larger the opening the more light can get through. Larger lenses are also usually faster due to wider apertures
- sensor area - larger sensor catches more light
- fast auto focus - people tend to move around and there is nothing more annoying then telling them to pose for 4 seconds while you're fiddling with the camera
- reasonable ISO handling
Other, maybe not critical, considerations:
- viewfinder - easier to use than the little screen which tends to shake as you're holding the camera, and by using the viewfinder you conserve the battery
- longer exposure speeds (for shooting landscapes)
- ability to record movies in low light
- battery life & price
Is there anything I might have forgotten which I should have taken into account?
Due to its bulkiness I'd like to avoid a dSLR so I'm aiming for something in the higher-end compact range. From your recommendations so far, few models seem to be mentioned more often
sensor size max. aperture min. - max. shutter price dimensions weight CIPA - Canon G15 / G16 1/1.7" 7.44 x 5.58 mm F1.8 - 2.8 15 sec - 1/4000 sec $499 109 x 76 x 40 mm 356g 360 - Canon G1X 18.7 x 14 mm F2.8 - 5.8 60 sec - 1/4000 sec $599 116.7 x 80.5 x 64.7 mm 534g - Fuji X10 2/3" 8.8 x 6.6 mm F2.0 - 2.8 30 sec - 1/4000 sec $339 117 x 70 x 57 mm 350g 270 - Sony RX100 / RX100 II 1″ 13.2 x 8.8 mm F1.8 - 4.9 30 sec - 1/2000 sec $569 / $748 102 x 58 x 36 mm 240g 330 - Panasonic DMC-GX1 $799 (unfortunatelly, out of my price range :( - Sony NEX-7 $948 (out of my price range :(
Is there any other model which might fit into these requirements, which might be good for the above situations? Also, can you recommend or give your experiences with any of the above, as to the image quality?
Where I live there aren't any better equipped equipment shops, so I will be buying one of these off of Amazon or eBay. That's why I'm trying to find as much as I can by reading reviews and by asking experienced users. Currently I have an Olympus SZ-31MR, but I'm not satisfied with its low light capabilities (very long time to focus, often requires flash for any kind of usable image, very bad movie recording capabilities in low light) - this is my reference at the moment.