Best compact zoom lens camera

To: Paul Taylor <>
Subject: Best compact zoom lens camera
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 04:28:50 +1100
Yes, it sounds like the weatherproof S1 is worth investigating. Some 
information about the manual focusing, gleaned from various web sites:

"Manual focusing is activated by setting the Focus Mode menu option to Manual 
and using the rear command dial to set the distance, with the LCD display 
automatically zooming in on the subject to help you judge the sharpness. 
There's a handy distance scale along the bottom of the LCD screen with a white 
bar indicating the the focusing distance. The S1 also offers a Focus Peak 
Highlight function with High and Low settings, which displays a white line 
around the subject when it's in focus. This addition makes manual focusing on 
the S1 much more of a pleasure than a chore"

"... but its EVF is uselessly tiny and low-res. Believe us, this is an EVF that 
immediately reminded us of the bad old days"

"The textured rubber ring on the lens barrel itself is a deceptive design cue. 
Good luck trying to move it—it's stationary, and not usable as a control of any 
kind. While it might be a nice extra bit to grab onto, if you're expecting a 
manual focus or zoom ring, you'll be immediately disappointed."

"Just above the thumb rest is a command dial that can be used for changing 
shutter speed and aperture as well as manually focusing the lens, among other 

These tidbits make me think manual focusing might not be as much of a pain as 
usual, but might still be fiddly to activate. It's not a feature most reviewers 
spend much time evaluating, so a read of a downloaded manual and a test in a 
shop might be necessary.

The EVF is 920k dots, which seems fairly high compared to most, so the 
criticism of it above is intriguing.

And of course even if it solves the humidity and focusing problems well, it 
might still take crappy pictures. Michael, you investigate this one, could you 
please let us know what you thought of it?

Peter Shute

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On 25 Feb 2015, at 8:48 pm, Paul Taylor 
<<>> wrote:

Possibly not "compact", but the closest I could find:


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