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Old Mar 15, 2011, 7:12 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I'm currently looking to buy an ultra zoom camera that I'm using primarily for shooting landscape as well as birds and other small animals, so I guess that's something with a high IQ as well as good macro and telephoto capabilities. I've been really interested in the new Sony Hx100 but that doesn't come out until April. Does anyone have any suggestions on what has worked for yourself or recommendations?

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Old Mar 15, 2011, 8:26 PM   #2
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What do you mean by "high IQ" exactly? What size prints are you looking to print?
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G'day DC

As FiveO asks - what do you mean by high IQ???

From my experience from owning 1/2 dozen UZ cameras over the past few years [and I love 'em by the way], my conclusions are-

1- the big-zoom lens does give marvellous versatility, no arguements there
2- the short-end 20% loses IQ
3- the long-end 20% loses IQ
4- the middle 60% gives good IQ

So, for example, a 20x zoom would give its best IQ between about 3x and 15x zoom - outside these zones something or another would degrade the overall IQ - be it colour aberrations or distortions of some sort

I personally try to keep my UZ camera lenses to those under 20x, as in my lens testing at home, I have found that with lenses over 20x the IQ falls away all too quickly for my personal liking.

Others here may differ with my opinion - that's okay with me

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I'm currently trying to print pics the size of something up to 16x20. I'm looking for something that does panoramic as well as macro with some telephoto abilities. I was looking at the Sony HX100 and Fujifilm HS20EXR. What would you recommend?

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At 16x20 you would have to shoot at 80-100 ISO I think with any current model bridge cam. I wouldn't really recommend a CMOS-based camera.
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Look at the Sony H-9, H-50, or Panasonic FZ35, FZ40. Use a tripod and keep the ISO as low as possible, never more than ISO 125.

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Thanks Sarah!

I've ended up ordering a Nikon P500, I've heard some really good reviews about it's BSI-CMOS censor. I've also invested in a tripod so we'll see how this goes
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Good luck and congratulations on your new Nikon P500 camera-

Post some photos when you can. I check the Nikon P+S folder every day, but there has not been much activity. I will always be there to help you.

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Thanks Sarah!

I've ended up ordering a Nikon P500, I've heard some really good reviews about it's BSI-CMOS censor. I've also invested in a tripod so we'll see how this goes
I think you will be very displeased trying to print at 16x20 with a camera utilizing this sensor, but good luck to you.
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G'day DC

I trust that you will be happy with your new camera whatever type of pix you enjoy taking. However, like 5-O above, I have some reservations ...

DP Review states that the sensor is 6,2mm x 4,6mm in size
a 16" x 20" print = [roughly] 400mm x 500mm, therefore it means that you will need to magnify the camera image by about 85times to print to this size

While a printer 'may' be able to do this magnification pixel for pixel, any camera shake, any out-of-focus will be magnified too, so you will have to be very careful. Let us know how you get on ...

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