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 Post subject: Advice: Point to Shoot Camera purchase
Unread postPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 9:30 am 
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Hi

Looking to buy a point to shoot within next few days. I had a Nikon Coolpix 500 and P 80 before (both disappeared).

In general from specs it seems Canon SX50 HS is better than Nikon Coolpix P 520. I think the Nikon Coolpix feels better in my hands though and due to this I might tend to go for it. But both seem older models by now. Anything new coming out soon ?

It will be used for general quick photography (when I don't want to carry my Nikon D3100 along), wide angle landscapes and quick bird photography before they fly away (and my D3100 is setup). Zoom is important but I think both will do although it seems Canon has slightly stronger zoom ?

Any advice for me ?

(Don't mind going a totally different route/brand but know nothing about them.)

Thanks for any help

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 Post subject: Re: Advice: Point to Shoot Camera purchase
Unread postPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 1:18 pm 
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I bought a Nikon Coolpix S9500 for exactly the reasons you stated and I'm very happy. Great to walk around with and always ready for wide or zoom.

http://www.sacamera.co.za/product/1034761/nikon-coolpix-s9500-black/

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 Post subject: Re: Advice: Point to Shoot Camera purchase
Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 12:56 am 
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I have the cannon sx50 . Great camera and very useful for the purpose you mentioned.
I looked at the nikon and at the time the cannon seemed like the better option. I also use it for video clips.

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 Post subject: Re: Advice: Point to Shoot Camera purchase
Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:34 am 
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Nikon have just announced new bridge cameras. Maybe worhtwhile waiting a while if you like the feel of the P520. Doesnt look like RAW is supported thought (if that is important to you).

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2014/02/07 ... =title_0_6


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 Post subject: Re: Advice: Point to Shoot Camera purchase
Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 10:36 am 
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Thank you for ALL your feedback, exactly what I was looking for.

Moobox ... the write up is extremely interesting. All these 3 cameras sound stunning ... but now I have to wait AND make a difficult choice ..... unfair .....

Thanks !

Nicole


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 Post subject: Re: Advice: Point to Shoot Camera purchase
Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:58 pm 
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just remember
When using maximum zoom general advice is to support the camera with a bean bag
Especially in low light
And dont expect ISO miracles
They all start to show pixels from 400 iso.

btw, its also worth looking a Panasonic or Fuji.
DMC FZ200 (still the best camera around, according to most reviews) or the FZ72
Fuji is somewhat cheaper,but scores a little less on videocapture
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/fujif ... 9#Handling

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 Post subject: Re: Advice: Point to Shoot Camera purchase
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 12:58 pm 
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I still haven't bought a camera, was waiting for new models to come out to then buy cheaper old ones and then forgot about it. So, back to square one.

I was trying to look for prices on Orms website for Nikon S9500 and S9700 but it seems they don't even stock them ?

I am looking for a small camera with excellent zoom, mainly to have on me all the time for quick bird photography for identification purposes etc. Any latest advice on this ?

Thank you


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