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    I'm having a dickens* of a time choosing a new camera. I have a DSLR (Nikon D3300 currently) and while it is a great camera and I have some good lenses to go with it I need something more portable for certain situations. I am an Army Cadet instructor and packing a DSLR with lenses into a bergen along with the rest of the kit and walking around a training area isn't fun, and carrying it around all day can be a pain. I need something more compact that won't take up much room and is very light, and I'm not interested in changing lenses out there. I currently have a Nikon Coolpix S9700 for this but it isn't quite up to task sometimes. I am currently looking at:

    Nikon Coolpix A
    Sony RX-100

    Both of which I can find for below £350, which I wouldn't want to go too far north of, unless I have a good reason. Does anyone have experience of both of either of these cameras and can weigh in, or have any suggestions of similar cameras that I should look at? I would like the option to shoot in raw which both of these cameras do.

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    (Original post by Talon)
    Does anyone have experience of both of either of these cameras and can weigh in, or have any suggestions of similar cameras that I should look at?
    You've pretty much nailed it on the head in terms of the best enthusiast compacts within your price range. As a third place option, the Fujifilm X30 has an EVF and a lens with a nice wide aperture through the full focal range, at the expense of a smaller sensor (but still significantly larger than basic compacts) than the other two.

    But yeah, the choice between the two cameras you've mentioned is really going to come down to personal preference as they're very different prospects that can't really be directly compared. The Coolpix A is basically DSLR internals crushed into a compact body with it's enormous APS-C sensor, but it means that you are "stuck" with a prime lens exclusively. The RX100 I and II (I assume you're looking at the earlier models for £350 or less) still offer excellent image quality but can't match what is essentially a DSLR, but in exchange you get a zoom lens with a very useful focal range.

    My advice would be to spend some time using your D3300 with the lens set to 18mm permanently for a while, which will give you a similar field of view to the Coolpix A (27mm equiv to 28mm). Some people find it limiting to be stuck at one focal length while others enjoy it- I've been shooting exclusively with a 35mm prime for over six months before buying a new lens earlier this month and enjoy the challenge if having to work around the limitations of a single field of view.
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    How about something like the Ricoh GR? It is pretty compact and is of decent enough quality; I would also take the time to go into a professional camera shop to ask for their advice as well. I get my photography bits and bobs from here https://www.calphoto.co.uk/ they have a live chat section as well which is pretty handy.

    Good luck!
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    (Original post by Ed Phelan)
    How about something like the Ricoh GR? It is pretty compact and is of decent enough quality; I would also take the time to go into a professional camera shop to ask for their advice as well. I get my photography bits and bobs from here https://www.calphoto.co.uk/ they have a live chat section as well which is pretty handy.

    Good luck!
    The GR is extremely similar to the Coolpix A (APS-C sensor, 28mm equiv lens, similar size and control options), but the Coolpix has dropped in price a lot compared to the GR :yep: You could pick up a GR used for within the OP's budget, but for buying new, the Coolpix offers a very similar package.
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    I decided on the Coolpix A in the end. I have to say it is an exceptional camera. I can't wait to get out and use it properly.
 
 
 
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