infectedpimple wrote:Yeah, the mirrorless cameras have a way to go yet I think before they can be considered realistic replacements for DSLRs for those who need/want the things that DSLRs do--I remember they were pretty hyped for delivering a larger dynamic range than DSLRs, but from what I've seen they've been at best a marginal improvement and certainly not warranted at the price. But it's been awhile since I looked at them too so maybe they have evolved some?
Also due to the physical properties of light, the lenses are still relatively large (compared to a pocketable enthusiast Compact like the S110, Fuji XF1, or Ricoh GR).
I see Mirrorless ILC as sort of a teenager in size. Not quite child (point and shoot) size nor quite adult (SLR) sized. Sort of in the awkward phase.
They still have a ways to go towards being more than a fad like the tablets are in function I think. That is, seemingly largely popular but usefulness is limited. Not that I don't think they have their use nor that I think they won't become much more useful over time (Mirrorless systems that is).
Maybe check out Dave's Picks from Imaging Resource for some ideas -- http://www.imaging-resource.com/WB/WB.HTM
I'm actually in the market for an enthusiastic compact / Point and Shoot.. Something pocketable but with at least a 2/3" sensor and manual controls. That seems to be around the place where they start to improve over a cheap point and shoot or smartphone.
I shoot with a Pentax K-5 mk II and some sizable Weather Resistant lenses. But like deastman says, sometimes carrying a pocketable sized camera is better when you aren't expecting a photo moment.
Another interesting site http://camerasize.com/compare/ as you can even compare top down view to determine actual size versus looking nose on.