Needing recommendation for a compact SLR camera. Olympus P3? Others?

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  1. Gregg Loewen

    Gregg Loewen Video Standards Instructor, THX Ltd.
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    hi guys I have been doing a lot of over seas travelling lately and am growing quite tired of lugging around my Canon 5D. I saw an Olympus P1 which looked very interesting (the newer P3 is scheduled to be released soon). Are there other options? I really like the SLR options, HD video recording, interchangeable lenses. Other considerations? thanks in advance. Gregg
     
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    If you are serious about shooting video then the Panasonic GH2 should be your only consideration. If you are just after stills, the Oly P3 seems to be the first foray into the next generation. http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/content_page.asp?cid=7-11622-11709 If you can live with a fixed lens, check the Fuji X100 http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2011/07/fuji-finepix-x100-review.html
     
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    The Nikon D3100 is a nice compact SLR: http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d3100/ Amazon.com has the kit right now for $636.99 with free shipping. For all the features, including 14.2 MP and 1080p video, this isn't bad at all. Good luck with whatever you decide on.
     
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    Since you already have a Canon 5D, why not look at the latest Rebel models for a more compact option? If you have a couple of prime lenses (28mm f/1.8 and 85mm f/1.8 would be a good combo), you would have a small, light weight solution, and lenses that work with your 5D as well. The high-end Rebel has the same 18MP sensor as the 7D and 60D.
     
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    If you're lugging around lenses, then I doubt any "smaller" camera body is going to make that much difference. Go really small, and just bring a Canon G12. It shoots 720p video (not sure about the framerate, though).
     

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