Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digicam Help > What Camera Should I Buy?

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Oct 26, 2011, 3:54 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 2
Default Canon S95 Vs Lumix

Hello,
I am a DSLR (Nikon D90) user. I am now looking to buy a point and shoot for a cruise, but also to carry with me daily as I miss so many shots due to I don't take my SLR everywhere I go.
I "think" I have narrowed it down to either a Canon S95 or a Panasonic Lumix (ZS5, ZS8 or ZS10), although the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V has intrigued me some.
So I am asking for help to decide which one to pic and if Lumix, which one, I have used the ZS5 and was impressed, yet reviews for the 8 and 10 are not great for image quality.
I love the F2.0 on the Canon, but lack of zoom.
Anyways...
What fo you all think?
Jeff
jpeters77 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Oct 26, 2011, 7:04 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Bangor,North Wales
Posts: 3,734
Default

I quite like the ZS5 (TZ8 over here in the UK)- it's a cheaper alternative to the next model up,with less advanced video(apparently... I don't use video..!)mode and a slightly smaller screen- though by only 0.3"- so,all in all,a very versatile camera with that nice sharp 25-300mm lens and finally on the TZ line- the full manual modes we've all been craving..!!
The Canon might have the edge(slightly) on image quality,though a shame the fast lens is only at wide angle- shutting down to f/4.9 at 105mm- the same aperture the Panasonic manages at 300mm...!!
I personally would go with the extra shooting parameters the zoom offers- and for what you can get the ZS5 for now,I think they're a steal..!
The ZS8(TZ18 over here) is a step up again with a pretty large zoom indeed(24-384mm),though only f/5.9 at the long end- which may need an increase in iso setting for sharp shots. It has a very fast auto-focus system on board and also a very fast burst mode. The prices on this model is also dropping now- again,to bargain proportions given what's on offer...
The ZS10(TZ20) has a few extra toys on board- would you pay the extra for GPS,3D etc...?

Last edited by SIMON40; Oct 26, 2011 at 7:09 PM.
SIMON40 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 27, 2011, 5:00 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 1,130
Default

I have the ZS7 and am quite pleased with it for daylight usage, but above ISO 400, IQ suffers greatly. The ZS8/10 are a step down from there in IQ. I also have the S95 and although more zoom would be nice, you can't beat the IQ in a pocketable cam. The S95 has become my everyday camera and I have relegated the ZS7 to my wife.
__________________
Disclaimer: I take photos of life rather than live to take photos and my opinions of cameras are reflected accordingly.
FiveO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 28, 2011, 7:10 AM   #4
Moderator
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 8,529
Default

Jeff - it's worth noting that Canon announced the S100 - replacing the S95. The S100 will be available in November. Early reviews indicate image quality is improved (S100 uses a larger sensor than many digicams). You get more zoom too - although it comes at sacrificing the f2.0 at longest zoom.
JohnG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 28, 2011, 3:17 PM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 2
Default

S100 looks nice, but $100 more yet lol.
What about the Canon Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH? (It is $240 vs $340 for s95 and $440 for S100) Has a F2.0 which is great.
Thoughts?
jpeters77 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 29, 2011, 1:17 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 1,130
Default

The S100 is actually available now. I am not sure if it has "officially" been released, but it is available at retail stores right now in the US (e.g. Best Buy). The low ISO IQ is a slight step down from the S95 in terms of sharpness/contrast it seems, but the high ISO performance is noticeably better than the S95.

The 500 HS won't match the S95/S100 in terms of IQ or low light performance, but the F2.0 lens is definitely a bonus and I think it's a good P&S overall.
__________________
Disclaimer: I take photos of life rather than live to take photos and my opinions of cameras are reflected accordingly.
FiveO is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 9:57 AM.