Which bridge camera you recommend?

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Herman, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator

    Jul 11, 2010
    The Netherlands
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    Replies are welcome, thanks in advance!

    Best regards, Herman
  2. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
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    Hi Herman,

    I've owned 4 superzooms this year - Nikon P510, Canon SX50 HS, Fuji SL1000 and Fuji HS50 EXR.

    I disqualified the Nikon because it did not shoot RAW. Here are my thoughts from April:

    I'll update my thoughts with this: the Fuji HS50 exr, when shooting in "Dynamic Range" mode, offers the best image quality, although it's only 6 MP. The big issue is that you cede miuch control over the other parameters - you are basically at the mercy of what the camera "thinks".

    All 3 Fuji's I owned were either defective on arrival, or broke within a month or so. Very disappointing.
  3. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
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    I'd be recommending the Olympus Stylus 1 or the Sony RX10 now.
  4. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY

    I don't have experience with the other superzooms, but I own both the FZ150 and FZ200. I am a fulltme freelance writer and II use them professionally to illustrate the stories that I write.

    I found the FZ150 to be very capable, and the FZ200 is even better. Both of these camera will work even better if you shoot raw and use DXO Optics Pro 9 for raw conversion and noise reduction.

    I suggest you check out the FZ200 image thread here: https://www.photographerslounge.org/showthread.php?t=20949

    The FZ200 offers 24-600 equivalent zoom and a constant f2.8 aperture. Leica optics as well.

    I have not used the Stylus 1 or Sony RX10, so I can't comment on the image quality or ergonomics, but on paper they don't have nearly the reach of the FZ200.

    I guess a key determinant would be how much reach do you need.

    Hope this helps.

    Cheers, Jock
  5. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
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    +1. If weight is no object, the Fuji XS is really cheap right now. The 2/3 sensor is that same as the x10 and performs very well. If I could afford the RX10 I'd get that, else the Stylus 1 looks like a really fun camera.
  6. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
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    I love my HS30EXR