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Lauben

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Hello all,

Well seeing as I am doing a new build and the fact that our first holiday with our first born is almost here I am after a new camera. I already have a Nikon DSLR (D40 :rolleyes: ) and to be honest it works fine and dose produce some great picture with a little bit of work, but like many digital and non-digital SLR's it is rather cumbersome.

So i figured I can sweet talk the wife into letting me spend some of my hard earned money on a new toy :-) and due to the decrease in size it would be a lot easer to take with us out and about to capture pic's of the little one. I have so far been looking at the following but would really like to get your vies on the matter:-

Panasonic Lumix G2
Panasonic Lumix G3
Sony NEX-5
Olympus E-PL1

Have I overlooked anything? which one should I go for?

Many thanks for the help.

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a canon 600d? ;)

but seriuosly are the panasonic that much smaller than the d40?

would say you're better off spending money on a new lense for the d40.

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the D40 is probably one of the smallest D-SLR's on the market, I upgraded from a D40 to a D90 and its almost double the size.
As fowler says, a new lens may help, if its due to the size then a 50mm will work wonders on reducing that but you'll be restricted to a fixed zoom (I have to admit tho, i love my 50mm lens - my last 3 images in the cool photos sections were with a 50mm).

If you're looking for a compact camera, then you cant go wrong with the Canon G12, my mate has one and its really good. 10mp, 28-140mm, can shoot RAW as well as jpeg, plus can do video up to hi-def. Downsize is that due to being a compact it only has a 1/1.7 ccd so you'll notice pixelisation in the higher ranges. Prices range from £350-£400
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To be honest it was as much for the wife, she can't really get to grips with the D40 and the need to tweak it to get the best pictures. I love my camera but I also like toys and a new camera may reignite my passion for photography.

I'm drawn towards the G2 at the moment as it seems to be a good blend, it is smaller than my current but still has a view finder (which for me is a real bonus and was putting me off the NEX-5 and E-PL1) and is cheaper then most of the other on the list. It also has a very nice auto mode which my wife likes.

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Right well I am now the new owner of Panasonic Lumix G3 :rolleyes: I was all set to get the G2 but my wife talked me into the more expensive G3 :blink: anyway I am due to go on holiday to now so I will have a chance to take some pic's with the new camera and post my results.

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your wife talked you into something more expensive?!?!?! Can I swap her for my OH when I next get a camera upgrade, if she could talk me into laying down £3k for a Nikon D3 then that would be grand.
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