Superzoom shootout

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Jock Elliott, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    I am currently evaluating two cameras.

    Here are two sets of pictures, taken under identical conditions. Do you see any reason to prefer one camera over another? If so, why?

    Cheers, Jock

    Camera A:

    Camera_A_001_Medium_.JPG

    Camera B:

    Camera_B_001_Medium_.JPG

    Camera A:

    Camera_A_002_Medium_.JPG

    Camera B:

    Camera_B_002_Medium_.JPG

    Camera A:

    Camera_A_003_Medium_.JPG

    Camera B:

    Camera_B_003_Medium_.JPG

    Camera A:

    Camera_A_006_Medium_.JPG

    Camera B:

    Camera_B_005_Medium_.JPG
     
  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I would say too close to call. Are there any important differences besides IQ? Does one have faster lens or more reach? They are so similar it makes me think they are the same maker. Are you comparing the FZ200 against your FZ150?
     
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  3. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
     
  4. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Set 1 B - although more shadow detail in A I prefer b sharpness on door frame

    Set 2 A

    set 3 B

    Set 4 - Neither
     
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  5. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    I generally prefer camera B. Exposure and details seem a bit better in B and I definitely see on CA from camera A in the first set.
     
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  6. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    for me its':
    Set 1 B
    Set 2 B
    Set 3 neither
    Set 4 B
     
  7. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Chris
    Jock, have you considered an m43 camera with the Panny 100-300 lens? More expensive than a superzoom, but you'll get the 600mm FOV like on the FZ150/200 plus the image quality benefits of a larger sensor.
     
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  8. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    A seems to have better IQ, and B seems to be more saturated and contrasty. B's images pop more because of it, but A's seem to have better info in the darker areas. Harsher tones in B make for more dynamic images, but that isn't always the look you want. The last shot especially, there's so much more detail on that lamp switch with A. B might have the detail in it, but it's so tarted up that you'd never know. -shrug-
     
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  9. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Okay, Jock... are you ready to identify the two cameras?
     
  10. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Revealed . . .

    Camera A is the FZ150; Camera B is the FZ200. I tried to make sure that the setting were identical on both cameras when taking the shots (ie, no Vivid, no boosted sharpness, etc.f)

    Thanks to everyone for your help!

    cheers, Jock
     
  11. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
  12. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Then you can tell Fuji changed things behind the scenes, because the newer version renders VERY differently.