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 Post subject: FYI - New magazoom camera on the market.
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:14 pm 
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Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my Cannon's and it will take a lot to pry them out of my hands :) but I came across this Fujifilm and thought it might be exactly what someone is looking for, seems to have a HUGE range with some pretty decent glass, I must be honest and say that I have never used a "superzoom" or "megazoom" camera but it would be nice not to have to shlep a bunch of lenses everywhere you go, anyway I just thought that someone might find this useful.

http://hothardware.com/News/Fujifilms-Beastly-XS1-Offers-26x-Optical-Zoom-Major-Power/

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 Post subject: Re: FYI - New magazoom camera on the market.
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:38 am 
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As with all of these monster bridge cameras; the trade-off for 'convenience' is typically image-quality.

There's a good reason why professional-class lenses don't go beyond a 4x or 5x zoom-ratio; the technology behind the glass construction just doesn't exist (yet) to handle massive zoom ranges...

But, the proof will be in the using when some real-world samples get onto the web; but a 26x zoom-range in a compacted lens has to suffer some degredation! Right now, all the 'so-called' reviews are based wholly on the specs alone, so should be read with a good degree of suspicion!

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 Post subject: Re: FYI - New magazoom camera on the market.
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Also considering one of these
A few important factors i have found readind many test reports
1) Above ISO 400 is still with a lot of noise (200 is best)
2) Only use optical zoom. digital zoom only creates more noise
3) If possible with RAW
4) filming with these megazooms seems to be quite good
(one of the reasons for me to consider a compact megazoom )
btw, thinking of the Panasonic Z150

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 Post subject: Re: FYI - New magazoom camera on the market.
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:44 pm 
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EOS_User, I agree that you wont get the same quality as a hi-end camera with a good lens but its not far off, and for less than the price of one half decent lens it's pretty appealing, but as I said I will not trade my Canon equipment for this camera but at $25000+ for my Canon gear Its not a fair comparison.
Here are some pretty impressive images

http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital_cameras/x/fujifilm_x_s1/sample_images/

bert, I couldn't find anything shot at ISO 400, all these are shot at 100 but here is a bit more info on the camera

http://www.dpreview.com/products/fujifilm/compacts/fujifilm_xs1


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 Post subject: Re: FYI - New magazoom camera on the market.
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I just bought myself the Canon Powershot sx40, so far I have been really impressed with the camera and I cant wait to test it out in 2 weeks in Kruger. :mrgreen:

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I bought myself a Canon SX30 IS just before our trip to KTP in May this year. Although it has a few quirks and you really need to get to grips with all the functions I did manage to take some really nice pics with it .... a couple of rubbish ones to but that was mainly the photographer. The zoom was really good and as I only have a 300 the extra reach did help. When using the zoom you really need support, as you would expect, but because the camera is so small I found that I was forgetting to use it!!!! I did a lot of research between this and the Fuji and am still not 100% sure I chose the right one - eventually it came down to fit and as I have small hands the Canon was a more comfortable fit for me. For the amount of money this is not a bad little camera!

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 Post subject: Re: FYI - New magazoom camera on the market.
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Icurrie, I am so haapy to hear that 8)

I have one too.

It is a bit like riding a motrorbike. The magnification is grand, but you do need to aim tight. Like a motorbike, if you spill, fall, make the wrong move, it does take a bit of time to get up.

I am just a bit concerned about the steadiness of my camera on my next trip. I have been looking at beanbag threads.. and just thinking.

I would love a bit of advice here :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: FYI - New magazoom camera on the market.
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MM I used a small window mount and although that was not easy to get to grips with when I did use it I got some very sharp pics! Have just bought myself a V shaped beanbag to 'hang' over the windowsill - I'm hoping that this will help me get those steadier pics!!!!

Relieved to know I'm not the only one finding this camera quirky!!!!!! ;)

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Icurrie,

it is a lovely camera, but slow.

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I have enjoyed many pictures, but I have realised that this is not the Richard Branson of camera land. :lol: I also know that because of the fine tuning, the extra magnification, you are not let off the hook.

I would love to have a secure beanbag, tripod and .. non female brain :whistle:

I think that the potential is wonderful, but the challenges are real.

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 Post subject: Re: FYI - New magazoom camera on the market.
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Absolutely agree MM - one of those "sounds too good to be true" moments BUT still a lot cheaper (and lighter) than a bazooka lens lol, so I'll use it until the bank balance allows me to stop salivating and invest in a proper zoom lens :).

To those of you out there who are looking at acquiring one of these new breed of superzoom monsters all I can say is do your homework and then do some more homework!!!!! ;)

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