I'm looking to buy a digital COMPACT camera for travel. I used to use a SLR, then downsized to a Minolta A1 and later, Konica Minolta A200. But still found that they are too big. I am into travelling light ( I hand carry ALL my luggage ), so the camera + battery should be no more than 500g. The lighter, the better.
My requirements :
1. Wide angle zoom ( 28-105 at least ).
2. Uses SD or CF cards.
3. Able to take low light pics handheld without flash, so some sort of image stablelizer is needed. By low light, I mean indoor photos, such as those in a cathedral or church during the day, with the ambient light just being natural light from the windows and skylights.
4. Has night scene/long exposure mode ( ie, > 1 sec ) for use with tripod at night.
5. Preferably pocketable, but can live without this.
After looking around, it seems that the Panasonic FX01 and Ricoh R4 seem the best bets. Unfortunately, both are rather noisy in low light. Are there any others that I should consider ? And why ?
Please don't tell me to use a DSLR because the pixels are bigger so noise is lower, etc. I know about all this. But I prize convenience and size more than anything else. Though I can live with moderate noise, I of coz prefer it is not noisy like hell if possible.