The folks over at Digital Photography Review put up a group review of the Canon PowerShot S95, the Nikon Coolpix P7000, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5. They liked all three of the cameras, but preferred the S95 and the LX5 while at the same time noting that each of the three have unique strengths and weaknesses.
I was very tempted to replace my Canon PowerShot S90 with either the S95 or the LX5. In the end, I decided to stick with my S90 for my on the go shots for a couple of reasons. While the S95 adds a lot of very nice features, the core of the features are exactly the same as the S90 equating to just a very minor upgrade.
I actually got to try out the LX5 for a week or so and was very pleased with the image quality. I was even more impressed by its 1cm minimum focusing distance. What stopped me from keeping the LX5 and selling off my S90 was the physical lens cap, the non-intuitive user interface, and the camera’s slight bulkiness. Out of those three complaints, I’d have to go with the bulkiness to be the main reason why I didn’t keep the LX5.
Carrying around the S90 is real easy, as it’s super pocketable. The same can be said about the S95. And while I say the LX5 is bulky, I do so when comparing it to the S90/S95. The LX5 is still a very compact camera – it’s just not as easily pocketable as the S90/S95.
No matter which of these cameras you choose, you can’t go wrong. They all provide excellent image quality given their size and portability. For a more in-depth review, I highly recommend reading Digital Photography Review’s group review.Read More »