I’ve used the Sony R1 for almost 3 years, and so far this is the best prosumer class camera that I’ve come across. The camera produces very sharp and natural colored photos, especially for landscape, macro and portrait shots and the best part is that the camera lens is wide enough at 24mm, which is something always lacking in other compact cameras…hihi…70% of my previous work was produced from this camera.
Result of 24mm Wide Angle Lens (**Normal Compact Camera Wide Range from 28mm – 35mm)
Nowadays, almost all compact cameras in the same price range has almost the same features, and for the average user, and if you can only get one digital compact camera, you might want to consider getting a wide-angled camera, you shouldn’t pass up these 3 models which has lens as wide as ~ 24mm.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
Ricoh GX100 (not easy to get it in Malaysia loh 😉 )
Samsung NV24 (Available now)
More Details about the camera spec…click here
lastly, haha, though I am not so an expert, I hope this will help you to narrow down the choices for all of you. As there’s no harm in using a wide-angles camera, who knows, it will come in handy in situations where you need to take group shots and the room is just not big enough for you to move back to get everyone in the photo!
Good Try 😉