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Quenching a GAS attack, Superzoom/Bridge vs. High-end compact?

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Warren T., Jul 27, 2011.

  1. Warren T.

    Warren T. SC Regular

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    Apr 8, 2011
    San Francisco
    I happened to be checking out the merchandise store of my frequent flyer mileage program, and I saw some interesting offerings in the store. Of course, this resulted in a horrible GAS attack :biggrin:.

    So my question is: Which do you think would be more fun, a Nikon P100/P500(superzoom), or an Olympus XZ1(high-end compact)?

    Some background about me:

    - almost 40 years in photography, used everything from box brownie to Hasselblad in the film world, in digital, I have used many different camera types since the beginning of the digital era.

    My current, most used gear:

    - Mu-43: G1, GF1, 20mm, 14-45mm, 45-200mm (75% of my current total usage)
    - apc-c: Nikon D100
    - film: Nikons: F4s, F3HP, F2s, Leica M3, plus a huge selection of film lenses from 15mm to 500mm

    I shoot all genres: cityscapes, landscapes, portrait, abstracts, street.

    I've never had the pleasure of owning a modern superzoom, and I've been eyeing a high-end compact lately (XZ1, LX5, etc.) Unfortunately, the merchandise store didn't have the LX5, otherwise the decision might have been easier since I have had a positive experience with Lumix :smile:.

    This new toy would not replace anything. It will just be another tool in the arsenal, so to speak.

    --Warren
     
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  2. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    I have never tried either but the Olympus XZ-1 seems to be pretty nice by the looks of the pictures.

    A good gas attack is a seemingly free gas attack.:biggrin:
     
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  3. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    I'd probably go for the XZ-1 and then buy the superzoom later if the Oly is not what you need :wink:.
     
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  4. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Go the XZ-1, it might not have the reach of the Nikon but from what I have seen here, the reproduction from it is magnificent. You won't get anything like that from the Nikon. I had a P100 and sold it because it just wasn't up to scratch (my FZ100 is about to go the same way). I don't think Nikon does small sensors very well, overall. Its a bit like Pentax which isnt very good at them, either.
     
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  5. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Lili
    If you go Super Zoom try the Fuji HS20...but my money would be and is on the XZ-1.
     
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  6. Penny

    Penny SC Veteran

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    Aug 26, 2010
    Outside Liverpool Uk
    I had the Nikon p100 for about 6weeks and sold it; it didn't have Raw if you need it (I didn't) but I just didn't like the general results from that camera, I also had a Panasonic super-zoom some years ago quality at the lower end was fine but the Zoom end it never looked very good.
    There's a big difference between the compact ZX-1 and any super-zoom; they have their advantages as an 'all-in-one' camera, see if you can try one out first would be my advice.
     
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  7. Warren T.

    Warren T. SC Regular

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    Apr 8, 2011
    San Francisco
    Thanks for your opinion's, everyone. Mal's recent thread about his new Canon SX30is caused my GAS for a superzoom:smile:. His sample shots were very nice. As a long time Nikon system user, I have always hoped for a good Nikon P&S/tiny sensor camera, but it seems that I may have to continue my wait. I'm not in a hurry so I'll continue to mull it over. I have also been very impressed by the XZ1 shots posted here on SC. I appreciate your input. --Warren
     
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  8. Warren T.

    Warren T. SC Regular

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    Apr 8, 2011
    San Francisco
    I should also mention that I currently have a Canon SD300 and Canon A570is. The SD300 is nice because it is shirt pocket-able. I inherited it from a friend who upgraded. It is a very convenient size, and even though it is a few generations old, it still takes decent snapshots. When I take it out, I carry it on a compact belt holster. A few years ago, I chose the A570is because is seemed like the best combination of features and performance at the time, and it also has a built-in optical viewfinder. Very unfortunately, my A570is developed the dreaded low-battery warning problem where it will flash the low battery warning and shut itself off at inopportune times. We once went on a cruise to Mexico and I brought only the A570is and a Yashica T4 loaded with Tri-X. That was a refreshing change from lugging my D100 kit along (it was before the invention of Mu-43).

    --Warren
     
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