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I currently have a DSLR Cannon T3. Takes great pictuers, however I would also like a secondary camera for my wife. We travel a lot and also she wants to use this to capture events (pull out of her purse or bag and snap a shot) vs lugging the camera bag everywhere for just every day photos. If anyone can recommend something that would be great.

Thanks,
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I was thinking this.
http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-cameras/sony-cyber-shot-dsc/4505-6501_7-35145367.html

or This
http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-cameras/canon-powershot-sx260-hs/4505-6501_7-35137435.html
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You could also consider getting a pancake lens. I had the same idea. It is still not a tiny camera but it's better than buying a whole new one. I don't know just throwing it out there.
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You could also consider getting a pancake lens. I had the same idea. It is still not a tiny camera but it's better than buying a whole new one. I don't know just throwing it out there.

Im still using the DSLR the Compact would be for the wife to carry around. Need a secondary camera.
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I bought this one for my fiance last year on Black Friday.

http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/sony_cybershot_dsc_hx5_review/

I can't find it for sale new anywhere at a reasonable price. You would think it would be in the price range of those you listed but it does pretty good. We've used it to take pictures of concerts and anniversaries and stuff. It's no DSLR but it is still better than a phone.

So many a comparable Sony would be the way to go. thumb.gif
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I understand this is sort of old, but maybe it could help someone else(but not exactly reviving the deads yet).
My personal suggestion would be to get a m43 camera. If you want something small, I'd look at Panasonic GF5(or 3) or Olympus E-PM2(or 1) or Olympus E-PL5(or 3). All of these cameras will give much better image quality than compacts and may surprise you to the point where you will wonder why you carry a dSLR.

What these cameras can't do very well is tracking fast action sports (like a dSLR can, have deep bokeh like a FF dSLR can). The older models have less than stellar high ISO performance (but much better than any compacts), the Olympus recent models have high ISO performance comparable to top of the line APS-C dSLR. They will not be as compact as compact cameras, but are quite a big step towards it.

What these cameras do very well. The lens selection is very good since its the oldest EVIL, mirrorless (or whatever you want to call it) cameras and because Olympus and Panasonic (along with 3rd party lenses work on any m43 body.
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How about the canon EOS M with 22mm pancake? Its compact, easy to use and APS-C. It also is going to be backed up by some level of lens system beyond the two now. The 22 acts like a 35mm on a full frame which is perfect for travel.
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Have you given any thought to the Nikon Coolpix AW100 or the Panasonic Lumix TS4?

They're great for travel (waterproof, GPS, shock proof, small) and take decent pictures (good glass, tolerable low light performance, good sensors, quick enough shutter response).
 
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How about the canon EOS M with 22mm pancake? Its compact, easy to use and APS-C. It also is going to be backed up by some level of lens system beyond the two now. The 22 acts like a 35mm on a full frame which is perfect for travel.

My personnal take on this is that the EOS-M is is a fairly bad camera because Canon can't afford to make a good camera that will draw people into mirrorless (then they could switch to other brands). Sure the camera itself is more compact, but the lenses are not all that compact, they have very few native lenses for it. Sure you can use other lenses, but then you are stuck with an adapter which defies the purpose of going for a more compact body. Also, I may be wrong since I am saying this on top of my head, but if I remember correctly the focus speed is pretty sluggish (like the G1X).

The life proof cameras are interesting since they offer something more than other cameras in durability, but I don't like that the picture quality is too close to cellphones because of their small sensor, but they are still ahead of them.
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