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Old Nov 29, 2009, 2:48 PM   #1
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Use my camera mostly for travel, sailing, hiking, family events - so not much interested in interchangeable lenses and a large (heavy) equipment inventory. My present bridge camera may need to be replaced soon. What cameras, if any, would meet the following basic specifications:

Lens: 35 - 400 mm (equivalent), or thereabouts. More than 400mm becomes difficult to hand-hold steady enough except in very good light; wider than 35mm starts to introduce distortions in perspective which become hard to compensate for. If a fixed lens, the sensor would likely be small - less than 2/3, so would need at least f2.8 at the wide end. If a removable lens (which I would seldom remove) the sensor would likely be 4/3 or more, so could live with a stop or so slower.

Resolution: 10 MP would be plenty

Pixel Density: Less than 20 (5 or less on a 4/3 or larger sensor would be a bonus).

Flash: TTL hotshoe (in addition to in-camera)

LCD: Fully articulating Live-View

Viewfinder: EVF preferred

Modes: P, A, S, M is all I would really need.

Does anyone still make a camera like this (or do I represent too small a niche in the marketplace to make it worthwhile?).

Any ideas?
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Old Nov 29, 2009, 4:06 PM   #2
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Use my camera mostly for travel, sailing, hiking, family events - so not much interested in interchangeable lenses and a large (heavy) equipment inventory. My present bridge camera may need to be replaced soon. What cameras, if any, would meet the following basic specifications:

Lens: 35 - 400 mm (equivalent), or thereabouts. More than 400mm becomes difficult to hand-hold steady enough except in very good light; wider than 35mm starts to introduce distortions in perspective which become hard to compensate for. If a fixed lens, the sensor would likely be small - less than 2/3, so would need at least f2.8 at the wide end. If a removable lens (which I would seldom remove) the sensor would likely be 4/3 or more, so could live with a stop or so slower.

Resolution: 10 MP would be plenty

Pixel Density: Less than 20 (5 or less on a 4/3 or larger sensor would be a bonus).

Flash: TTL hotshoe (in addition to in-camera)

LCD: Fully articulating Live-View

Viewfinder: EVF preferred

Modes: P, A, S, M is all I would really need.

Does anyone still make a camera like this (or do I represent too small a niche in the marketplace to make it worthwhile?).

Any ideas?
Canon SX20 if a bridge camera
Olympus E-620 if DSLR
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Old Nov 29, 2009, 5:06 PM   #3
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That's a tough one - especially the pixel density requirement. The only current bridge camera I could find under 20 (19) is the Fuji S100. Other than that, it comes close but it's not perfect... 11.1 MP, 2/3 sensor, 28 - 400mm F2.8 lens, tilting (but not fully articulating) LCD, EVF, non-TTL hotshoe, P, S, A, M + modes.

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You might want to look at the MFT (Micro Four Thirds) cameras like the Panasonic G-1, and GF-1, or the Olympus EP-1 and EP-2.

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I think the Panasonic G1 or GH1 sounds just up your street.
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You might want to look at the MFT (Micro Four Thirds) cameras like the Panasonic G-1, and GF-1, or the Olympus EP-1 and EP-2.

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You won't be able to find a lens for m4/3 format that covers the 35-400mm range. The closest is the 14-140 (28-280mm 35mm equivalent) that comes bundled with the GH-1.
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You won't be able to find a lens for m4/3 format that covers the 35-400mm range. The closest is the 14-140 (28-280mm 35mm equivalent) that comes bundled with the GH-1.
How about the Panasonic 45-200 for m4/3? (90-400mm equivalent)
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There are very few times when I find you not totally on top of all the pertinent information. You are sharp.However, there is the Panasonic 14-45mm lens which, in full size 35mm terms covers, 28mm to 90mm. Then there is the Panasonic 45-200mm lens, which in full frame 35mm terms , covers 90 to 400mm.

The 14-140 lens is only used for the GH-1 camera. have a great day.

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Unless of course Dwig meant that you won't be able to cover that focal length range with just a SINGLE lens.

Which is true, and a good point if the OP is very resistant to changing lenses.

But no camera with anything other than a very small sensor will be able to cover such a big zoom range without completely compromising image quality to the point where you'd be better off with a P&S anyway.

P.S. The 14-140 will work just fine on a G1, but it's selling point is that it allows continuous AF during zooming and has a very quiet zoom and AF operation and is therefore "video optimised" for the GH-1.
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Old Dec 2, 2009, 10:57 AM   #10
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Many thanks to all for your input.
Of all your suggestions, only the Lumix G1, the Fuji S100FS and the Oly E-620 seem to come anywhere close.
Unfortunately the S100FS is discontinued.
The G1 might be a candidate with the 14-140mm - but the lens is video-enabled (which I don't need) at a considerable price premium.
The best bet would be the E-620 with the 18-180mm - except that Oly has not yet upgraded the lens accept Imager AF. If and when they do, the E-620 is likely what I'll go for.
Ah well ... my present camera continues to serve me well; so I guess I'll wait to see what's available when it finally dies!!!
Cheers ... and thanks again.
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