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Old Apr 29, 2012, 12:45 PM   #1
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I'm trying to decide on a bridge camera. Currently looking an Canon SX40 and Nikon P510. For me picture quality in low light, good zoom and good video quality is critical. I played with Nikon and am not happy how it goes out of focus when you zoom in while taking a video. Any ideas or suggestions?
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I've seen one or two video's taken with the P510 and as you say,sammita,the AF is flaky- at best..!
I own an SX40 and find the AF to be more than adequate in video mode- though I only use the VGA mode- and not very often. Overall IQ is pretty good in all conditions.
Panasonics FZ-150 video capabilities are probably the best of all bridge cameras- with excellent AF,a variety of exposure adjustments and the option to add external microphones. It also doesn't lack in the image quality department.
Sony's fairly new HX200v seems to have pretty good autofocus across the zoom range- and youtube have quite a few examples of this.
I cannot comment on image quality as yet though, with few reviews out there.
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Old Apr 29, 2012, 4:17 PM   #3
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You are not going to get good low light photos with any of the cameras mention. They are tiny sensors. And are only good to 400iso, and ok at 800iso. The 1600iso and higher is marketing. On top of the tiny sensor they do not have large aperture lenses adding to poor low light ability.

If you want low light and good video, you will have to give up on a long zoom lens for digicam. You will need to lock at the panny lx5, olympus xz1, canon s100, Gx1 with short zoom ranges and larger aperture lenses are a little larger sensor.
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Darn it, technology is not there yet apparently. I'm not looking to get professional level pics in low light, but something decent, with minimal noise, something that can be kept instead of deleted. I'm by no means a professional photographer and just want to upgrade to something more versatile than point-and-shoot, but not quite ready for DSLR yet.
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for a point an shoot camera for low light the ones I mention are about the best out there.

The interchangeable lens camera are better, but they are a much higher investment with lenses. They are smaller then a dslr.
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Here's some examples of some lower light shots- all taken on bridge camera's of one kind or another... some with a Fuji S9500,Some with a Fuji S200exr and some with a Canon SX40...
I think they're more than acceptable given the price of the equipment...
Do you sammita..?
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All the band/music shots and inside the Church were at iso 1600- lower iso and longer exposures for the night shots...
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Yes, and there is stage lighting, which helps out. especially the hand shot.
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And at the long end of the zoom I might add....
Hardly conducive to acceptable indoor shots- which I think these are.
All I am doing is illustrating what one can expect from a bridge camera...
It's up to others to decide if they're acceptable or not...given the meagre cost compared to a DSLR system...
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