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Old Jan 13, 2013, 3:49 PM   #1
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Default Panasonic FZ200 vs. Nikon P510

Which would you pick - and why? I bought the Nikon - but am very tempted to return and get the FZ200 - would love some opinions.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 4:48 AM   #2
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If I was after a whopping zoom(say for birding),I'd probably go for Canon's SX50hs.
If I was shooting moving subjects I'd go with the Panasonic FZ200,due to its fast AF and fast aperture lens.
Is there something that's troubling you with the Nikon...?
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 9:20 AM   #3
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Is there something that's troubling you with the Nikon...?
Yes - the fast moving subjects (AKA - my children) - I always seem to get blurry pics - maybe I just need a crash course in settings on the camera for the Nikon. I have to return the NIKON by tomorrow if I'm going to.....and I missed the FZ200 when it was $499 - now I think it's up to $549 - either way - I need to either return the Nikon by tomorrow.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 10:36 AM   #4
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With speedy subjects you need fast AF and fast shutter speeds- and the Panasonic is strong in the AF area. Fast shutter speeds can,of course,be selected by the Nikon- though not much use if the AF is struggling to keep up. The Panasonic's f/2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range also enables the use of lower iso settings(all else being equal) which will yield crisper/cleaner shots.
Before junking the Nikon however, try these settings-
Shutter Priority,1/500th sec shutter speed, auto iso,center area AF(make sure the subject stays in the middle..!) and try center weighted metering or Multi.
The P510 also has tracking focus- though I don't know how effective that might be..?
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 11:39 AM   #5
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learning to speed up your shutter speed is a big part of non-blurry moving pics. that being said, i loved the fz150, and with a wider aperture, i can't wait to try the fz200. after reading the reviews of the P510, i admit i didn't bother with it. dpreview said it had a "small, poky electronic viewfinder" and "Noise levels increase noticeably at ISO 800 and above". cnet says "trouble focusing at the telephoto end and its low-light/high-ISO photo quality has room for improvement."

and while i always take what they say with a grain of salt, snapsort gives these results when comparing the two cameras
http://snapsort.com/compare/Nikon-P5...umix-DMC-FZ200

using the dpreview studio comparison tool, at ISO 100 the fz200 sweeps the floor with the P510.
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/stud...000267&x=0&y=0

and if you change the dropdown to ISO 1600, the panasonic pics look much better. try both and click around the pic to compare.
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 8:22 PM   #6
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Very peculiar because if you go to this site

http://www.2cameraguys.com/camera-image-compare.cfm

overall the P510 appears to be better.

The only problem that I have with my P510 is that sometimes colours may not look as vibrant as they should, other than that it is an excellent and versatile camera.

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