I owned a DSLR, and while the temptation to upgrade to a top-of-the-line APS-C/full frame camera body is there, I am more interested in getting a compact/rangefinder-like camera.
After lurking around the Street and Candid section, I took a more direct interest in the field. I was looking around the Internet for some inspiration, and for a while, I tried snapping with my large, lower-strata camera for some ad-hoc street photography. It feels obtrusive and cumbersome.
So now I'm looking at the various prosumer compact/rangefinder-like cameras out there.
One of my friends recommended the Olympus PEN E-P2 or E-PL1 for its range of M4/3 lens lineup and EVF capabilities. Out of the various lines of M4/3 cameras, Olympus is still taking the lead, although I could counter that the Panasonic DMC-GF1 is not a . I still need convincing against the cameras.
Once again, Sony delivered us with their NEX-3/5 cameras. APS-C-sized sensors, an EVIL-like system and articulated LCD (waist-level photography FTW!) means I am spoilt towards this side of the camera system.
And of course, we couldn't forget those prosumer cameras: the Canon G11 or Powershot S90, Panasonic Lumix LX-3 (and I never thought they also make the DMC-L1 and LC1!) and other compacts I never thought of here. (RIcoh GR camera, maybe?)
I'm not one to shy away from the film/antique rangefinder cameras. Lately, I have seen recommendations for a Voightlander Bessa (albeit antique-like) or the Yashica lines. Confused by the lens mount though.
Not really asking which is the best, but more of what's the appeal of different camara/systems.