I have to admit, this was a difficult choice to make. Both the LX5 and the P7100 are great cameras. But which one is the right one for me?
Thinking about why I was looking to buy a ‘point and shoot’ camera in the first place helped me make my choice.
First and foremost I was looking for a walk around camera and something that I could take on vacation without feeling limited. After numerous vacations spent hauling my D300 all over the place I want to lighten the load…I want the controls of an SLR, but I want them in a small package.
After a lot of thought I picked the P7100. Here’s why:
- 28-200 zoom. I shoot long more often than I shoot wide. The lens I use most often on vacation……18-200.
- Viewfinder….I wanted to have one. In fact I only own one camera without a viewfinder. (Strangely it happens to be my other vacation camera the Pentax W90)
- Flip out screen. I like waist level finders and the flip out screen is essentially the digital version of one.
- The P7100 is a slightly bigger camera that feels more comfortable in my hands.
-Two control dials that I found more comfortable to use. You can never underestimate the value of how a camera feels when you hold it. That’s why buying a camera sight unseen is risky.
As you can see I’ve already picked up the camera and I’ve been playing around with it quite a bit. There’s enough stuff packed into this little guy to keep me entertained for quite a while.
BTW, the camera chose the settings for the moon shots…I used it’s night exposure mode….all I did was to limit the ISO to 400 and lower.
One last shot for the hell of it….no night mode in use here though
….after all it is silhouette week for the POTW52 crowd.