RAWsumer reviews at the Compact Reviews Organizer
CANON: G11 S95 G10 G9 S90 SX1is
PANASONIC: LX5 LX3 LX2 FZ50 FZ100 FZ40/FZ45 FZ38/FZ35 FZ28
RICOH: GRD III GRD II GX200
SIGMA: DP2 DP1
FUJI: S100fs
NIKON: P7000 P6000
LEICA: D-Lux4
CAMERA DIARIES: Panasonic LX3 Canon G10

Thursday, December 10, 2009

What is a RAWsumer (revisited)

When we came up with the RAWsumer idea, things were simpler. The Ricoh GXR system did not exist to muddy the waters. At the time, the thought of such a system was considered a wild forum fan-addict fantasy :)

So now with GXR and Micro Four Thirds and other systems coming up, it is time to distill the RAWsumer definition - for the purposes of this blog.

After some soul-searching, we decided to continue to use RAWsumer to refer to single-unit sealed cameras that support RAW natively. For example, cameras like the Canon G10, Panasonic LX3, Sony R1, Minolta A2, etc. This is regardless of camera size, as long as the camera is a single, self-contained body.

What is not a RAWsumer? Everything else :) So, the Ricoh GXR system, Micro 4/3rds, Samsung NX series, DSLRs, IL rangefinders, all those and similar things are not RAWsumer.

This is just one of the many groupings and classifications out there. For example, Serious Compacts, refers to cameras that can produce serious photography with a compact size, regardless of fixed or removable lens or sensor. Others, like Mason Resnick at the ALC blog, use the system compacts classification. Others call them "advanced compacts" which may be based on price + feature-sets. And on, and on, and on...

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