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A question of features, canon vs. panasonic?
I'm new to all of this and have read various features certain companies offer. I know the canon offers color accent(switch colors on camera live), & anti blur when taking a picture in motion. I'm specifically looking for a camera that will autofocus on birds in the distance(also a superzoom camera), and when the subject is moving remove the blur, does panasonic offer these features? Does canon? Does any superzoom camera?..

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Pauw wrote:.

I'mspecifically looking for a camera that will autofocus on birds in thedistance(also a superzoom camera), and when the subject is movingremove the blur, does panasonic offer these features? Does canon?Does any superzoom camera?.

Image stabilization (IS/VR/ whatever you want to call it) is useful to *help* dampen camera shake. Both Panasonic and Canon have IS capable cameras. They will not eliminate subject motion - thats what a fast shutter speed is for (amongst other things). Almost all cameras, with enough available light (sunlight), will have fast shutter speeds..

Birds are an extraordinarily tough subject matter. Are you capturing stationary birds? Birds in flight? What size of bird (finch? swans?)? What distance?.

My experience with superzooms is that they are much harder to hand-hold and aim while fully zoomed than a comparable long-lens SLR. This is of course primarily due to position (holding in front of you, looking at LCD vs close to the body viewfinder) and size (smaller telephoto lenses are easily handholdable)..

I've shot with a borrowed Panasonic TZ5 before, which is a great little camera, but trying to track birds in flight would be near impossible with it. Its never going to focus fast enough, fire fast enough, nor do you have enough smooth control over panning handholding. It could do a decent job on nearby perched birds though...

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I'm looking to be able to capture a bird for example slowly gliding overhead in the sky reducing blur, being able to zoom up close to it. I'm also looking for AF servo (new to this using website learn glossary) for focusing on the subject or bird. Also, if I was in a moving boat for example and saw a stationary bird in the distance, I'd like to be able to take the shot of the bird while the boat is moving and reduce blur as much as possible. Thanks for your thoughts!..

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I had a Canon S5 IS, which is an ultrazoom with stabilization. But I think your bird shots from a boat will require a very high performance DSLR..

Kelly Cook..

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I suspect anti blur is High ISO which = noise..

Pannys do have intellegent ISO which is supposed to detec movement and up the ISO and therfor allow higher shutter speeds but more noise...

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Theatrus wrote:.

Pauw wrote:.

I'mspecifically looking for a camera that will autofocus on birds in thedistance(also a superzoom camera), and when the subject is movingremove the blur, does panasonic offer these features? Does canon?Does any superzoom camera?.

Image stabilization (IS/VR/ whatever you want to call it) is usefulto *help* dampen camera shake. Both Panasonic and Canon have IScapable cameras. They will not eliminate subject motion - thats whata fast shutter speed is for (amongst other things). Almost allcameras, with enough available light (sunlight), will have fastshutter speeds..

Birds are an extraordinarily tough subject matter. Are you capturingstationary birds? Birds in flight? What size of bird (finch? swans?)?What distance?.

My experience with superzooms is that they are much harder tohand-hold and aim while fully zoomed than a comparable long-lens SLR.This is of course primarily due to position (holding in front of you,looking at LCD vs close to the body viewfinder) and size (smallertelephoto lenses are easily handholdable)..

I've shot with a borrowed Panasonic TZ5 before, which is a greatlittle camera, but trying to track birds in flight would be nearimpossible with it. Its never going to focus fast enough, fire fastenough, nor do you have enough smooth control over panninghandholding. It could do a decent job on nearby perched birds though..

Getting a bit sick of telling people there is no need to hold many superzooms at arms length.the do have veiwfinders you know..

Mainissue I have with tracking with my super zoom with tcon and EZ enabled is the same reson they fit finder scope to telescope..

If you got a DSLR with the equivelent of 1200mm of lense I think you would have trouble lifting it let alone tracking a bird..

The wider the field of view the easier it is to track but you would have to do some serios cropping.

Focus and exposure is definitly slow though..

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