/ Multi-pitch camera: S95/S100, S9100 or P310?
Also, any opinions on a 200-g camera (S95?) v a 400-g class (G12?) (I realise it's a trade off of capability v weight).
Things I care about: weight/compactness, image quality, lens zoom range, especially wide-angle shots, some degree of manual control.
Things I don't care about: video, GPS, flash, shooting indoors, vastly more pixels than my computer monitor.
Not sure whether I care: RAW format, sensor size, panoramic stitching, low-light/high-ISO ability, battery life.
Thanks for any help.
You certainly don't want to care about panorama stitching. Software can do as good or better job.
If you don't care about raw, sensor size and low light/high iso then you don't really need a particularly expensive camera.
If it was 'me' choosing a truly pocket camera, it would be the S100 every time. Astonishing image quality from a tiny package.
The Raw function can save you Images, you might otherwise have lost due to being too busy doing something else, such as belaying!
Lumix LX5 maybe? I'm considering that one myself.
It's utterly beyond me at the moment but I'm looking forward to growing into it. It's a jeans pocket camera rather than a jacket pocket one... that mattered when thinking about climbing.
I can only go off pe3rsonal experience of my choice of compact camera. Before I waffle on I'd like to say that any compact camera that you buy, which is pocket sized will give you excellent results.
Now for the waffle, I can highly recommend the Canon S series of cameras as I personally own the S90 the forerunner of the S95 and S100. I bought my S90 second hand from a member of this very forum and have never looked back on my purchase.
I can only speak for the older S90 camera but it is like a bar of soap and fits perfectly into a shirt pocket. I even have a lanyard attached to it for climbing so that I can take quick shots while on route.
The image quality is exactly the same as the Canon G12 series, well it is to my untrained eye. And the camera fares favourably well when compared with the images of my Nikon dSLR. Its not as good but exceptionally close to keep me content.
In fact my mate used the Canon S90 to film his son's entire wedding from the ceremony to the last drunkard leaving the evening reception. You'd have sworn that the footage was taken with a purpose made video camera.
I can not speak for any other compacts that you mentioned but I am sure that they will all give you excellent results no matter which one you choose. In fact I have had excellent results from a discontinued line Nikon compact which I got at half price for £45 from ASDA.
If you can, and are willing to, splash out 'top dollar' on a compact choose one of the Big Boy brands with the best lens that they throw in.
Personally I don't bother with RAW images. Life is just far too short, especially when the RAW images are only going to be converted to JPEGS anyway. I'm just not that much of a pixel peeper to worry about it all.
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