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FZ150 -- the power of a bridge camera. 1249mm?

Discussion in 'Superzoom Salon' started by Jock Elliott, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    I am still exploring the capabilities of the Panasonic FZ150, so I ran a little experiment today. I switched on all the stabilization and digital zoom capabilities, stood in one spot and shot some pictures.

    1X/ 25MM equivalent:

    FZ150_experiments_013_Medium_.JPG

    10X/ 265MM:

    FZ150_experiments_014_Medium_.JPG

    20X/522MM:

    FZ150_experiments_015_Medium_.JPG

    24X/599MM, the limit of the optical zoom:

    FZ150_experiments_016_Medium_.JPG

    50X/1016MM, digital zoom:

    FZ150_experiments_017_Medium_.JPG

    199X/1249mm, digital zoom:

    FZ150_experiments_018_Medium_.JPG

    Admittedly, the last one is pretty rough, put still good enough to identify a bird.

    All shots were hand held.
     
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  2. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    That is pretty darned impressive, you'd be able to identify most birds before you reached the limits of your last shot. The results at the extremes are not top quality photography but more than useful for clinching an id.

    Barrie
     
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  3. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    that 50x shot looks pretty nice. If you crop that one similar to the 199x shot I think it would be cleaner. Superzooms are supercool.
     
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  4. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Luke,

    I'll give that cropping a try. I remain astonished at the performance of this camera.

    Now, if the good folks at Panasonic would just produce a version that is weathersealed . . .

    In the meantime, I carry a small shoulder pouch with a ziplock bag inside.
     
  5. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    Barrie - I have just bought a Fuji HS30 EXR for exactly that - it has a 30x optical zoom, up to 720mm, then twice that with the Digital zoom

    I wanted to use it for bird ID ........... at the limits of the zooms, i.e. 720mm and x 2 of that, 1440mm, it will just not spot focus fast enough and sometimes it will just not spot focus at all in anything other than very good light

    Jock, how quick does the FZ150 spot focus?
     
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  6. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Good point Bill, as with everything, there are pros and cons, certainly an important consideration with record type shots to confirm bird id, even more so since they often are to be found in less well lit places than the tip of that conifer.

    Barrie
     
  7. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Bill,

    The spot focus is quick, about .1 sec according to most of the reviews I have read.

    This photo, taken in mixed light, was taken at long range with lots of zoom and snapped into focus very quickly.

    Peebles_Island_008_Medium_.JPG

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  8. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Lili
    Impressive!
    Panny does good super zooms
    cannot beat the versatility.
    I have a great of fun with my HS30EXR:)
     
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  9. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    The zoom ranges of these types of camera are pretty darn impressive.
     
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  10. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Yup. Pretty impressive. At it's clear that up to 1000mm equivalent is completely usable.
     
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