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    Hi all, I'm trying to find a replacement for me old compact camera and thought I would draw on the collection wisdom of the forum because google is not being friendly tonight. I'm looking for a camera that allows manual control (can choose shutter speed and aperture) and allows me to set ISO, exposure, flash. I'm not looking at those mini-SLR types, I want something rectangular and hopefully not too heavy.

    So far I'm aware of the Canon Powershot A1100 IS and the Panasonic Lumix LX series. Are there any other models which offer manual mode?

    Comments are much appreciated!

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    Canon S90 for one.
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    Canon S90 and G11/G10 let you do all that quite nicely...

    Panasonic LX-3 is also pretty similar...
    if you want to take it to the next level maybe look at an oly ep-1 or panasonic gf-1

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    A1100 IS doesn't have full manual control.

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    I would recommend the m43 cameras... GF1, EP-1 & EP-2..

    If you are feeling richer, there is always the Leica offering...

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    You might want to state your budget?
    Also, A series no longer provide full manula, if not wrong.
    S90 is the pick, and LX3.
    If don't mind bulky, G11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anson View Post
    I would recommend the m43 cameras... GF1, EP-1 & EP-2..

    If you are feeling richer, there is always the Leica offering...
    are you suggesting the Leica D-Lux 4 or X1?

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    how much you want to spend?

    for less then $170, the Panasonic LZ8 or LZ10 would be your best bet...Manual mode + Leica glass + uses AA batteries among others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pilotsnoopy View Post
    are you suggesting the Leica D-Lux 4 or X1?
    The Leica D-Lux 4 and Panny LX3 is too similar, and it cost 50% more for the red logo.

    If the TS decided to pay a premium why not just go straight to the X1, I am certain that he would stand out from the crowd...
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    Panasonic FX580
    compact size and full manual controls

    http://panasonic.com.sg/web/pid/7213/Spec

    (bought it some months ago)

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    u want manual? get the rollei 35se.

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    Leica X1

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    Ricoh GRD III

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    Quote Originally Posted by artspraken View Post
    Ricoh GRD III
    GRD III no zoom right? Fixed Focal length ?
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    Fixed focal length has advantages you know. Its 35mm fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reportage View Post
    for less then $170, the Panasonic LZ8 or LZ10 would be your best bet...Manual mode + Leica glass + uses AA batteries among others.
    OMG, SGD$170??? That's really affordable. I'll look into it!

    Quote Originally Posted by crusher View Post
    A1100 IS doesn't have full manual control.
    Yeah, my mistake. I think I was thinking about the A1000IS which came out earlier. Hmm...

    Quote Originally Posted by Shen siung View Post
    You might want to state your budget?
    Also, A series no longer provide full manula, if not wrong.
    S90 is the pick, and LX3.
    If don't mind bulky, G11.
    Budget will be around 300+. I went to look at the S90 on the Canon website and it is indeed tempting, but the price! Sigh

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys! I'll definitely check them out, esp those I'm not familiar with - rollei, leica etc. Not the mainstream camera market, I guess?

    I've also been trawling around and came up with a list of compact cameras with manual mode:
    1. Canon A590
    2. Canon SX120S
    3. Olympus SP560
    4. Nikon P6000
    5. Nikon P60

    With the exception of the Canons, which are $369 and $469 respectively, the rest are all $600 and above! I had no idea compact cameras could be that expensive!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by siandy View Post
    Thanks for the suggestions guys! I'll definitely check them out, esp those I'm not familiar with - rollei, leica etc. Not the mainstream camera market, I guess?

    I've also been trawling around and came up with a list of compact cameras with manual mode:
    1. Canon A590
    2. Canon SX120S
    3. Olympus SP560
    4. Nikon P6000
    5. Nikon P60

    With the exception of the Canons, which are $369 and $469 respectively, the rest are all $600 and above! I had no idea compact cameras could be that expensive!!!
    Oh not all compact that expensive, just mainly the compact with manual control.
    You might want to check the price of FX580 too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reportage View Post
    how much you want to spend?

    for less then $170, the Panasonic LZ8 or LZ10 would be your best bet...Manual mode + Leica glass + uses AA batteries among others.
    Sorry for intruding your thread TS. Does anyone have any experience with the LZ10? Really tempting buy if it's really under $170.

    How is the image quality?

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