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Old Jun 11, 2011, 10:27 AM   #1
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Dear All

i'm searching for a good camera with good image quality as well as great zoom.
anyhow it is understood that quality of image gets degraded when taken on maximum zoom.
Overall looking for a camera which can balance the picture quality as well as Megazoom Feature.
as far as research done at my level...have filtered these models.

Canon SX30IS
Nikon CoolPix P500
Nikon CoolPix L120
Sony DSLR-A290L
Sony DSLR-A390L


Please help me to decide.....(Budget is 25000 Indian Rs)

Really appreciate your time and consideration

Thanks

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Old Jun 11, 2011, 10:43 AM   #2
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In your list, the only dSLRs are the Sonys. The others are more accurately characterized as superzoom or megazoom P&S or "bridge" cameras. dSLRs are characterized primarily by an optical viewfinder providing a view through the lens, and secondarily by interchangeable lenses and physically larger image sensors.
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Old Jun 11, 2011, 10:48 AM   #3
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which one is better for a clear picture with a nice zoom also ?

pls tell
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Are you going to shoot in bright daylight or lowlight? That will be the main deciding factor between a point and shoot and a DSLR.
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Mostly in day light.....
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Old Jun 11, 2011, 5:49 PM   #6
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G'day Vijay

Nice to hear from you

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i'm searching for a good camera with good image quality as well as great zoom....Please help me to decide.....(Budget is 25000 Indian Rs)

Thanks, Vijay--India
Okay with a budget of about $500US, you can exclude all SLR cameras because the purchase of the camera body is just the start of your photo activities. A 'good' SLR body plus a couple of 'good' lenses will cost you about $1500 to $3000US. As you state that you are a beginner, I suggest that you wait a while and when you know a bit more about things, then buy the best camera to suit your needs

In the meantime, you ask about 3 megazoom cameras - a Canon SX30, a Nikon P500 & a NikonL120
Each of these has + and - points and you need to decide which is more important to you and your style of photography

As part of your researching, I suggest that you lookup 'dpreview.com' and do a side-by-side comparison of the 3 cameras to fully see their differences

All 3 cameras use the same sensor size, so they're equal there;
The P500 & the SX30 both have very long lenses, but the Image Quality over 500mm is questionable. The L150 lens stops at 500mm;
The L150 has an ISO to 6400, though I wouldn't use any of the 3 cameras over ISO-1600 due to noise issues. Most cameras show noise on their top 3 settings ... ie: 6400, 3200, 1600 in the case of the L150. How the others perform is ???

The P500 & the SX30 both have P-A-S-M operations, the L150 is 'auto' augmented with lots of pre-set scenes. While having the P-A-S-M choices will make it easier in the future to swap to a dSLR, the pre-set scenes are a very powerful addition that are designed to make life easier for you in many different circumstances

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The L150 uses 'AA' batteries - always much cheaper to buy that the proprietory Canon or Nikon batteries - and with a recharger & 2-sets of AA batteries, you will go a long way. The camera specs for the 2 Nikons say 200 images from the Nikon battery & 330 images from AA batteries - so that tells you lots as well

Hope this helps ~ please come back with more Qs as they arise
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Like Tcav pointed out the only dslr is the sony's

They also have the largest sensor, so they will give you the better image quality. Especially if the light is not that great. But with a dslr, you want allot of zoom, you will need to add a long zoom lens. And they cost more money.

The megazoom point and shoots you mention have a much smaller sensor, so they do not need as large of a lens to give you allot of zoom. So for long reach they are a bargain when you need reach. But they do not preform well in less the ideal lighting. They get very noise pass 800iso.

I would really look at what your current camera fall shot in, and decide if you want just more zoom, or you want more zoom with higher image quality in different conditions. Because that will make the system allot more expensive.

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Dear All

i'm searching for a good camera with good image quality as well as great zoom.
anyhow it is understood that quality of image gets degraded when taken on maximum zoom.
Overall looking for a camera which can balance the picture quality as well as Megazoom Feature.
as far as research done at my level...have filtered these models.

Canon SX30IS
Nikon CoolPix P500
Nikon CoolPix L120
Sony DSLR-A290L
Sony DSLR-A390L


Please help me to decide.....(Budget is 25000 Indian Rs)

Really appreciate your time and consideration

Thanks

Vijay--India
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Old Jun 12, 2011, 10:59 PM   #8
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Hi All

After realising understanding difference between a P&S and a D-SLR Camera,based on my usage and requirement......i've narrowed down my options to:

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
Nikon CoolPix P500
Panasonic FZ-40


Pls help me to finalise any one of these...priority is Good Images not video
also let me know if something knew is arriving in market which fits my requirement.


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I would recommend the FZ40. I have it and it has a good zoom lens and it represents colors extremely well. But there maybe some newer cameras that may be just as good if not better. Just wait till we a few more people comment.
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G'day Vijay

I would go for the Panasonic - if you look furthere on this forum, you will find many, many Panny users who are very happy with their camera

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