ADV Photographers - Which camera type? Premium P&S or Mirrorless?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Herbivore63, May 1, 2013.

  1. chrislitt

    chrislitt B-KTM-W

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    Those colors are very nice aferiksson. BTW, the devil made me buy mine. And now I have to take a photog class. The devil has been known to cause weak men, like me, to buy motorcycles too. In case you need an excuse...
  2. aferiksson

    aferiksson Adventurer

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    I think I will use that excuse when I buy myself a bike (still have to get my license) :)

    Here's one shot from today - I really like the color rendition of the RX100M2, and at ISO800 it's almost free from noise.

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    Rally-SM 2013 by afeman, on Flickr
  3. wizz

    wizz Up a creek......

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    This looks like my best option, I think, as I spend a lot of time in and around the water. Not many reviews yet though as it hasnt been out for very long. Any opinions?
  4. CRP6001

    CRP6001 Photographer

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    The AW1 is interesting. Performance should be basically the same as the J3. I use an AW100 as a daily knockabout, and a P7000 as a compact alternative to my DSLR and prime lenses when I want to travel light.
    The AW1 could replace them both, with the benefit of faster AF and a
    bigger sensor.
  5. Twohondas

    Twohondas Long timer

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    I have a waterproof Fuji (AW100 type...which I RAM mount on the bars) and a P7000 for tank bag use. While the higher end compact P7000 has a relatively good size sensor (one step down from RX100 & AW1), you still have to be careful even if you bring it out the tank bag womb!

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    Shortly after I shot this Titus Canyon pic the lens diaphragm gummed up with grit/dust. The RX100 would be susceptible to that too. Looks like the AW1 will not have that problem. In addition to the AW1 shock proofing you can even mount a rubber thingy/condom Nikon acc to provide additional protection to the camera & lens. But who would ever drop their camera? :freaky

    And what a PITA it is pull out your camera after you have put on a waterproof cover over your tank bag. I also understand that the AW1 is resistant to condensation as well.

    However, the AW1 would be bigger than my P7000....but I want one and am looking for the other reviews besides the preview at dpreview.com
  6. CRP6001

    CRP6001 Photographer

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    However, the AW1 would be bigger than my P7000....but I want one and am looking for the other reviews besides the preview at dpreview.com[/QUOTE]
    Actually, there isn't much difference in size or weight.
    P7000 with lens retracted is 4.5"W x 3.1"H x 1.8"D, 12.7oz.
    AW1 with no lens mounted is 4.5"W x 2.9"H x 1.5"D, 11.1oz.
    The 11-27.5 kit lens is 2.4"dia. x 2.2"L, 6.5oz.
    The P7000 sensor is 7.6mm x 5.7mm = 43 square mm.
    The AW1's CX sensor is 13.2mm x 8.8mm = 116 square mm.
    The AW1 blows the P7000 away in AF performance and frame rate.
  7. Twohondas

    Twohondas Long timer

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    The AW I lens does stick out more than the compact high end P&S types such as the P7000 but the AW1 continues to grow on me.

    Additional protective cases (body and lens). I used to think these colors were a gimmick but not so sure now. For example when fishing around a tank bag this could be handy to jolt the mind that I have a camera in there.
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    No reviews of consequence yet. Here is a Techradar link and there is a mention on CNET.
    http://www.techradar.com/us/reviews...gital-slrs-hybrids/nikon-1-aw1-1182143/review
  8. Llamaha

    Llamaha Been here awhile

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    A couple of shots from my Fuji X100 (mirrorless) on the weekend:

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    The portraits it takes are where the camera really shines, I'll ask my GF for permission to share them here
  9. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    Holy Crap that scared me at first - I thought a giant woman was crushing the Australian continent. Whew!

    But we would likely enjoy the portraits...
  10. Llamaha

    Llamaha Been here awhile

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    For camera research purposes I've uploaded the ones where she's wearing sunglasses:


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  11. 1derer

    1derer Sh*t Where am I?

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    I look forward to more in-depth reviews, it would be nice to have a rugged camera that actually takes good pictures, even better if it can in low light. After being constantly disappointed with P&S I just ended up lugging my DSLR rig with stripped down to single lens.

    Can you give any personal feedback on the RAW quality, ISO performance I like to hear your thoughts.
  12. PhillipsMetal

    PhillipsMetal Been here awhile

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    This has been a very interesting thread - thanks to everyone who has contributed.

    When I travel I carry a Nikon D50 with 18-55 kit lens in the tank bag and my D300s with various primes and a 70 - 200 f2.8 in the saddle bag. The reason for the D300s is the Pocket Wizard capabilities for remote shooting. The Pocket Wizard can trigger the camera up to 1/4 mile away, but it needs a special socket on the camera to work (the D50 is not PW capable since it does not have the socket). The Pocket Wizard will also trigger remote flashes on any camera with a hot shoe.

    I keep the D50 as more of my walk around camera in case anything happens to it.

    I would like a smaller camera with the remote capabilities and probably interchangeable lenses. Has anyone run across anything that will do double duty and let me use the Pocket Wizards and let me have a decent sized and priced walk around camera?
  13. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    Ditto on the PW's

    Been looking for the same for a while - am hoping the new FF Sony A7 body will feature a port Pocket Wizards can utilize but haven't seen specs indicating so
  14. James Adams

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    I recently picked up an NEX-5 and it fits the bill for me. Relatively compact, charges via USB, and easily fits in even my smallest tank bag.
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    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    Llamaha - great bike, great camera, great girlfriend. Thanks for making my life seem sucky :deal :lol3
  16. Llamaha

    Llamaha Been here awhile

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    Looking at all of those ride reports it doesn't sounds sucky to me!
  17. ArcticaMT6

    ArcticaMT6 Been here awhile

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    I had a 7D and a bunch of lenses that I got rid of this past summer for a Mirrorless setup. I just never hauled all the gear with me, and I wanted a setup I could take diving without having to spend another $3k for the housing/ports/flashes. I ended up with an Olympus E-PM1 with their underwater housing, flash, tray, some arms, etc. Makes a great little travel camera.
  18. Carl Spackler

    Carl Spackler Been here awhile

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    I'm with the llama. I have both a full-on Canon 5DMkIII set up (DSLR) and a Fuji x100s. I've only had the Fuji for a few weeks but I am blown away by it. The Canon is amazing but it's a big hunk of photo. The Fuji is small and easy to operate. IMO - it is the ultimate ADV camera.
  19. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    Speaking of the X100s, there is a terrific ride report here that features some great photography with the camera

    Lifted from the report...
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  20. switchback

    switchback Eatin' Dirt Since 1982

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    Have a Samsung NX300. Great pictures, APS 20mp sensor. Good shots up to ISO 6400. [​IMG]

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