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Old Jan 13, 2012, 7:33 AM   #1
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Default best bridge camera in terms of sensor and image quality under 400

I like to shoot night photographs and low light. i like zoom as well. please advise best camera with largest possible sensor and best picture quality. i can spend approx 400. i can consider evils and dslrs if any one can suggest the kit with atleast 12x zoom under 400. thanks.
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Old Jan 13, 2012, 8:04 AM   #2
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A D-SLR with any 12x zoom is going to be expensive. In terms of US Funds your looking to pay at least $400 for the body and at least $400 for a half decent and I say half decent 12x zoom. To get a really good long zoom will cost you 2 to 3 times that. You can get 2 lenses that overlap and get that kind f zoom but your not likely to get a great single lens with that type of zoom. As for bridge cameras their are several that have been rated very good although the only one I have used is te Fuji HS20 and I love the camera. Its now my back-up to a pro level D-SLR

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Old Jan 13, 2012, 8:24 AM   #3
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If you can get either for under 400 then the best 2 bridges out there at present has to be the Panasonic DMC-FZ150 and the Canon SX40HS- and these two are the best in terms of low light ability.
Be aware though,that despite being the best in their class(in my opinion)in the low light stakes- they're no match for a DSLR with a suitable lens.
It's a case of the best you can get for your price,I guess...!

Here's a few shots I took with the SX40HS inside Bangor Cathedral using "Handheld Night Scene"- iso setting varying between 1600 and 3200....
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ar...cathedral.html

These were shot using Aperture priority,shooting wide open,using iso 1600 on all...
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ca...ml#post1277817

Not exactly "Night Shots" but less than ideal lighting here. These were taken with my SX40HS- and I've no doubt the Panny FZ-150 is capable of similar results. Yes- if you scrutinise the images closely,they'll not match up to a DSLR- but given their price point,they do a pretty good job- and FAR surpassing what was possible with a "bridge" camera just a couple of years ago....
If you're not going to be printing beyond A4 size,or thereabouts,either of the two mentioned will suffice.
One point of note- if your into longer exposures,the Panasonic can shoot up to 60 second exposures,whereas the Canon only manages 15 seconds- and only at iso 100.

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Old Jan 13, 2012, 8:43 AM   #4
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If you can get either for under 400 then the best 2 bridges out there at present has to be the Panasonic DMC-FZ150 and the Canon SX40HS- and these two are the best in terms of low light ability.
Be aware though,that despite being the best in their class(in my opinion)in the low light stakes- they're no match for a DSLR with a suitable lens.
It's a case of the best you can get for your price,I guess...!

Here's a few shots I took with the SX40HS inside Bangor Cathedral using "Handheld Night Scene"- iso setting varying between 1600 and 3200....
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ar...cathedral.html

These were shot using Aperture priority,shooting wide open,using iso 1600 on all...
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ca...ml#post1277817
Thanks Simon, how does these compare to fuji hs-20?
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Here's a "noise" test- at increasing iso settings- necessary for low light work.
http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Fu...SO_noise.shtml

Here the HS20 is up against the Sony HX100V and the Canon SX30- but bear in mind,the high iso noise control on the SX40 is FAR superior to the SX30 it replaced.

And here's the SX40 up against the Panasonic DMC FZ-150 and Sony's HX100V-
http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Ca...SO_noise.shtml

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