EmirPilot5
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I Need Your Opinion For A Zoom Camera.

Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:30 pm

I live on a building flat and I always see airplanes going on my balcony becouse there is a route for them.Yesterday,I saw an A380 on a high altitude and I was able to see it clearly with my binoculars.I was wondering to buy a camera that can peform an extreme zoom so I can see them clearly.I was searching on the internet and I found that people use Samsung HMX-H200 and Panasonic maxzoom cameras,but I want to see your opinion for that kind camera.

Thank you for reading!
 
dazbo5
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RE: I Need Your Opinion For A Zoom Camera.

Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:06 pm

Quoting EmirPilot5 (Thread starter):
people use Samsung HMX-H200 and Panasonic maxzoom cameras,but I want to see your opinion for that kind camera.

It depends what quality you expect from the cameras. The high zoon bridge cameras are good at what htey do for the money, but don't expect the image quality at the high zoom end to be all that great. As the lenses are operating over a large zoom range, they are a compromise and tend to be rather soft the extreme end. As these cameras use a small sensor, image quality isn't that great and will often produce quite noisy images. If you want good quality results, you'll need a dSLR with a large prime lens. Atmospheric conditions will also play a part in image quality.

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EmirPilot5
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RE: I Need Your Opinion For A Zoom Camera.

Wed Oct 31, 2012 3:34 pm

Today I did a little more research and I found out abaut Nikon P510.It looks amazing,and it has a high quality zoom but its too expensive,do you prefer something cheaper?

P.S.:In the evening its a clear sky,and you can see them very well and I want to film them at that time.
 
nickh
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RE: I Need Your Opinion For A Zoom Camera.

Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:31 pm

If you are not in the market for a DSLR proper, and just want a smaller camera, I would recommend the Canon "G" series - the latest is the Canon G12 (aside from my DSLRs, I also own a Canon G11).

The fixed lens provides a lot of zoom, but it also has a Telephoto attachment that you can buy as well as a Macro attachment add-on. And a 2x doubler also, if I remember correctly.

The nice thing about the Canon G series is the ability to do full manual control, exposure bracketing, etc., and it is reasonably fast enough and has an ample capture/pre-processing buffer to allow to shoot the 'next' image very shortly after taking the first one. It is compact enough to throw into a small bag and take it with you, even with an extra battery.

I am an engineer myself, but I have been involved in my family's photography business since the early 1980s, and a lot of the professionals that I have talked to recently, like the G series for quick and simple (good quality) shots with a good amount of manual control, if they should choose. It does a good job even in full Program mode.

The cost for my G11 was USD$499 when I bought it - when it first came out, but it has gone down quite a lot. The G12 is in about the USD$400 range now, check B&H Photo and KEH (and Amazon).

I hope that this helps.

-Nick
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