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Old Mar 15, 2012, 6:50 PM   #1
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Default Canon Elph 310 HS or Lumix DMC-ZR3

I've narrowed it down to these two. Any comments that may help me decide? Thanks!
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Old Mar 15, 2012, 6:57 PM   #2
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I just realized the 310 has 8X optical zoom--I had thought (and wanted) 10X. So maybe that is the deciding factor. Or I could consider the 520 instead with 12X zoom.
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Given what both cameras are intended for- basic auto shooting- then I'm sure either would do just fine.
On paper,the 520HS looks good- a less crowded 10mp CMOS sensor,effective image stabiliser,28-336mm range,bijou proportions and very nice classic styling.
However- the results are somewhat less impressive than expected...
http://www.photographyblog.com/revie...500_hs_review/
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Old Mar 16, 2012, 10:20 AM   #4
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I guess I hadn't done my research thoroughly. Since I want (at least) 10X zoom, I should be deciding beteween the Canon Powershot ELPH 520 or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10. I'm most concerned with image quality.
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Since I want (at least) 10X zoom, I should be deciding beteween the Canon Powershot ELPH 520 or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10.
Have you considered the Panasonic DMC-SZ7?
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No, I hadn't. Why do you think that's better?
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Old Mar 16, 2012, 12:32 PM   #7
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I just checked and the DMC-SZ7 is $390 on Amazon while the ZS10 is $233. (And the ZS8 is $180.)
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I guess I hadn't done my research thoroughly. Since I want (at least) 10X zoom, I should be deciding beteween the Canon Powershot ELPH 520 or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10. I'm most concerned with image quality.
Just beware that a high zoom compact is compromised by its size- and stellar image quality is a long shot.
The longer zoom you get- the smaller aperture you get- and less light- which means slower shutter speeds- not ideal for moving subjects or less than ideal light. And cranking up the iso setting is less than ideal on the small sensors- necessary for long focal lengths in a compact body.
To be honest,something like a TZ8(ZS5 in the US),with its 25-300mm f/3.3-4.9 lens is as far as I'd go in a compact(or the TZ10/ZS7 if you want a larger screen,GPS,HDMI port and longer video recording).
Zoom ranges longer than this,in my opinion,is a step too far in a compact- with the minuses outweighing the pluses.
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Old Mar 16, 2012, 5:07 PM   #9
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Yeah--I don't need 16X optical zoom. But you're saying image quality is still good in these 12X?
Why is the ZS5 (TZ8) SO much less expensive than the ZS7 (TZ10)? Both have 12X zoom, both are 12 megapixel. Is it those other 4 features you mentioned?
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Basically yes- if you can do without those extra toys(I certainly could),then it's a far cheaper alternative.
As far as IQ goes,I think the TZ8/10 was better than the later model TZ18/20- probably due to its lower megapixel count.
The new TZ25/30 had apparently addressed image noise concerns over its previous model- though at a pretty high price- and a pretty slow f/6.4 at the long end..!
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