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1. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator, 5555 posts) 29 Aug '11 08:31

Hi there,

I think I might be buying a superzoom camera in the next weeks or so. Main reason: don't want those bulky DSLR cameras and lenses anymore and my compact camera (Panasonic TZ10), although very good, doesn't have that superzoom I want (25mm, 12x).

I have seen some reviews of course, but really would like to hear your opinions. It seems that reviews have become much better this year, as opposed to 2010 when was the last time I checkted. Especially Panasonic (FZ45 and FZ100) and also Fujifilm (HS20EXR) should be great. The last one is a bit too bulky maybe though.

Well, at least I want 24 or 25 mm and also 600mm zoom or more, otherwise it doesn't add much more than what I have know (also have DSLR lens of 70-300mm).

So, opinions? Do's and don'ts? Any travellers review of you girls and guys would be great!

Thanks

Michael.

2. Posted by pikadiren (Budding Member, 5 posts) 29 Aug '11 09:33

Quoting Utrecht

Hi there,

I think I might be buying a superzoom camera in the next weeks or so. Main reason: don't want those bulky DSLR cameras and lenses anymore and my compact camera (Panasonic TZ10), although very good, doesn't have that superzoom I want (25mm, 12x).

I have seen some reviews of course, but really would like to hear your opinions. It seems that reviews have become much better this year, as opposed to 2010 when was the last time I checkted. Especially Panasonic (FZ45 and FZ100) and also Fujifilm (HS20EXR) should be great. The last one is a bit too bulky maybe though.

Well, at least I want 24 or 25 mm and also 600mm zoom or more, otherwise it doesn't add much more than what I have know (also have DSLR lens of 70-300mm).

I am interested by the answers here as the small pocket camera ( Samsung L77 http://www.digitalcamerareview.com/default.asp?newsID=3114) I used last three years in China is ot sufficient I might buy a Sony Cyber-shot HX100V on the web during the next 3 hours.. (To use during my next trip in Guizhou China) And I would like to know other proposals

Sensor BSI CMOS 16 MP, 1/2.3", 56 Mpx/cm²
Lens 30x 27-810 mm f/2.8-5.6
Stabilisation Optical
Viewfinder Electronic
Screen 7.5 cm, not TN, 921600 dots, 4:3, Not touch-sensitive

http://www.digitalversus.com/sony-cyber-shot-hx100v-p360_10817_16.html

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin, 5579 posts) 30 Aug '11 06:43

I've been thinking of doing the same actually Mike, but haven't done any research whatsoever on this yet, so consider this post bookmarked ;) A good friend of mine recently got one of the Panasonics after a professional photographer friend of his recommended it highly saying he used it on nearly all his shoots now instead of the SLR...

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator, 5555 posts) 30 Aug '11 07:42

Quoting Sam I Am

I've been thinking of doing the same actually Mike, but haven't done any research whatsoever on this yet, so consider this post bookmarked ;) A good friend of mine recently got one of the Panasonics after a professional photographer friend of his recommended it highly saying he used it on nearly all his shoots now instead of the SLR...

Thanks Sam.
Yeah, the Panasonic ones seem great options (FZ45/100...and apparantly new FZ47/48 now introduced), although the zoom 'only' goes to 600mm.
Fujifilm probably won't do it for me, as the AA batteries really are something I would not like. I hate to work with 4 batteries, bring 4 spare ones and a huge recharger.

The Sony HX100 though is a serious component (though 27mm wide angle, but 30x zoom), the only thing I don't like is the hype that has been going on with those megapixel crap: 16.2 in this case. Why, o why do you need that at all! It seems that for example the Fujifilm with 16 MP only gives great shots in 8MP EXR mode! Haven't found out if I can adjust the Sony camera to less than 16MP. In that case, it might be a great one, although the price is almost comparable to a DSLR!!
Oh well....it's great to spend time at work looking for the best one LOL!

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin, 5579 posts) 30 Aug '11 11:27

Quoting Utrecht

Oh well....it's great to spend time at work looking for the best one LOL!

It's like half the fun! :)

6. Posted by chris111 (Budding Member, 4 posts) 30 Aug '11 16:16

Micro 4/3 camera?

You can change lens to give you what you want in terms of reach, and they are MUCH less bulky then a DSLR, but have some good results, verging on DSLR quality in good conditions.

My DSLR (7D) is a brick to lug around but worth it at the end of the day.