Check out the comments on my high-end compact survey for some real insight and experience.
[Update: Also check out DPR’s PMA report, which echoes me and the commenters: the camera companies are basically walking away from the high-end compact market. Go figure.]
Jonathan and the Ricoh · Probably the most interesting part of the conversation was a paean to the Ricoh GR Digital, which hit home pretty hard with me because it’s by Jonathan Delacour who is only like my favorite photoblogger in the whole world, or he was until he went quiet in 2005.
Even though he taught me the word bokeh, he didn’t quite convince me... since I’m a computer geek (lots of inside shots) living in the Pacific Northwest (sunshine? what’s that), low-light performance matters really a lot to me, and I don’t have any sentimental attachment to “the most gorgeous pushed film-grain” as a look, I want to approximate what my eyes report to the brain.
Jonathan also sneered expressively at DPR, but I’m not quite ready to let go yet.
Camera Store · I dropped by a big-box camera store the other day and now I know why I didn’t include the Canon G7 in my original survey, it’s just way too damn big, not a pocket camera for anyone under NBA size.
On the other hand, the Canon 710 IS looked just about right, if I hadn’t been so sick at the time I probably would have grabbed it. Gotta have something in my pocket if only as an interim measure.