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Old Aug 11, 2016, 10:48 AM   #1
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Suggestions please for 700-gram zoom camera My camera is broken. I have to buy a new one.
My main use of a camera is this: I go into a church and take photos of the architecture from all kinds of angles: maybe 50 shots in as many minutes.
No flash. No tripod. No changing lens. No choosing different settings or modes or scenes for different shots.

This is what I use now:
Fujifilm Finepix HS10
Effective pixels 10m
Zoom 30x; 35mm format equivalent 24mm-720mm
Image Stabilisation
Shooting Weight 730g (ie 26oz)
Dimensions 131x91x126 mm (ie 5.1x3.6x5 in)

All that works fine for me. I am content with the photos I get.
But the camera is broken. It canít be repaired, and the model is discontinued. So I need a new camera that I can go on using in the way Iíve described.

Having more pixels isnít important. The 30x zoom and image stabilisation are indispensable. I find the above weight and dimensions pretty near perfect; if they were much different I couldnít hold the camera steady enough.

What models should be on the short list for my new camera?
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Old Aug 11, 2016, 11:52 AM   #2
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Fujifilm HS-50
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The Canon SX60 HS is a good superzoom.
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Bart150- If you like your old Fuji- and was happy with the way it performs, maybe the later Fuji- the HS50- would be the logical way to go...
If you could forgive a slight drop in zoom (24x)- I'd go with the Panasonic FZ200 or the later FZ300/330 if budget allows....
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Thanks very much, gjtoth, rudimaes and simon40.

Unfortunately the attractive Fujifilm HS-50 is not on sale in my country, the Netherlands. (One dealerís site even goes as far as stating that it will NEVER be in stock. Maybe people have been pestering him for it?)

Starting out from the remaining three mentioned above, Iíve found two more products that seem to be direct competitors. So I have a shortlist of five, in ascending order of price:
Panasonic FZ200; Canon SX60HS; Sony HX400V; Panasonic FZ300; Nikon B700.

All have a zoom range that I find entirely satisfactory. All have a satisfactory weight. Iíd happily pay more if that bought me higher optical quality or better image stabilisation. But would it? I donít want to spend extra just for such things as multimedia features etc which donít interest me. Any thoughts?

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The Panasonic FZ200 is an excellent camera, despite it's age (2012).
The FZ300 is more recent and has the same lens and sensor as the FZ200.
But it has more features.
Of the other cameras the Canon SX60HS is the best choice.
In have the Panasonic FZ1000 (next to the FZ200). It's one of the best bridge camera with a much better IQ
than the ones mentioned.
It has an excellent Leica zoomlens. It's only 16x zoom. But with a feature called iZoom, you can double that reach without noticeable deterioration.
Here you find a few suggestions:
http://www.cnet.com/topics/cameras/b...eras/megazoom/
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Thanks Rudi.

Iíve decided to tear up the shortlist in my previous post and go for the Panasonic FZ1000.

I said before that I was content with the performance of my present camera, and yet Ö It seems certain that the FZ1000 with its larger sensor will give better quality pictures in gloomy churches. I will pay extra for that.

Unfortunately no dealer in the Netherlands has the FZ1000 in stock at the moment. But they are all advertising it, so I hope I wonít have to wait too long.

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Thanks Rudi.

Iíve decided to tear up the shortlist in my previous post and go for the Panasonic FZ1000.

I said before that I was content with the performance of my present camera, and yet Ö It seems certain that the FZ1000 with its larger sensor will give better quality pictures in gloomy churches. I will pay extra for that.

Unfortunately no dealer in the Netherlands has the FZ1000 in stock at the moment. But they are all advertising it, so I hope I wonít have to wait too long.

Bart
I think you'll be very happy with the FZ1000. I've had it about a year and it continues to surprise me.
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De FZ1000 is sold out in most shops.
You have to wait until september,
before you can buy it.
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Thanks Rudi
If I know it will be September, that is much better than waiting for some undefined period of time.
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