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Advice on which of these Superzoom/SLR-style Cameras to buy....
Hi everyone - newbie here seeking some advice!!.

I know there's a similar thread already on this subject but thought I'd start my own anyway!.

I was initially in the market for an entry level D-SLR to take better pictures with when I'm away travelling - my compact just doens't do enough. Lack of wide angle and zoom, plus slow shutter speed. I missed so many wildlife shots on my last trip..

But the more I thought about it the more I didn't like the idea of carrying around extra lenses or the added expense of the lenses. Plus my budget is less than 300($600).

So I decided the best bet would be to get a 'bridge' style camera - like a Superzoom or SLR style..

After a bit of research I think my choices are for the following:.

Canon Powershot S5 ISPanasonic Lumix FZ50Samsung Digimax Pro 815.

Comparable spec here:.

Http://www.dpreview.com/...dmcfz50%2Ccanon_s5is%2Csamsung_pro815&show=all.

Anyone got any of these? Or advice on which is the better camera?.

I just can't decide - I'm swaying towards the Canon mainly becuase it's the smallest, cheapest and lightest. But that said I really don't know enough about cameras to know if the other two are actually any better or not. The Canon lacks RAW so I read in a review but I haven't a clue what that is or whether I need it - I really am a Newbie!!.

Any advice greatly appreciated!.

Conrad..

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Conalex wrote:.

Hi everyone - newbie here seeking some advice!!.

I know there's a similar thread already on this subject but thoughtI'd start my own anyway!.

I was initially in the market for an entry level D-SLR to take betterpictures with when I'm away travelling - my compact just doens't doenough. Lack of wide angle and zoom, plus slow shutter speed. Imissed so many wildlife shots on my last trip..

But the more I thought about it the more I didn't like the idea ofcarrying around extra lenses or the added expense of the lenses. Plusmy budget is less than 300($600).

So I decided the best bet would be to get a 'bridge' style camera -like a Superzoom or SLR style..

After a bit of research I think my choices are for the following:.

Canon Powershot S5 ISPanasonic Lumix FZ50Samsung Digimax Pro 815.

Comparable spec here:.

Http://www.dpreview.com/...dmcfz50%2Ccanon_s5is%2Csamsung_pro815&show=all.

Anyone got any of these? Or advice on which is the better camera?.

The FZ50 is more like a DSLR than are the other two. It has:* Non-extending zoom lens.* Zoom and focus rings on the lens barrel.* 1/1.8" sensor - larger than the S5 IS, slightly smaller than the Pro 815* RAW mode - the S5 IS does not* Articulating LCD* Image stabilization. Pro 815 does not.

* More powerful flash. Guide # 722.9 ft. compared to 17 ft (S5 IS) and 12.1 ft. (Pro 815).* Superb Leica lens is clearly the best of the three..

I just can't decide - I'm swaying towards the Canon mainly becuaseit's the smallest, cheapest and lightest. But that said I reallydon't know enough about cameras to know if the other two are actuallyany better or not. The Canon lacks RAW so I read in a review but Ihaven't a clue what that is or whether I need it - I really am aNewbie!!.

When the camera takes the picture data from the sensor it does a lot of processing to it. Among other things, it applies adjusts the white balance, contrast, sharpness, etc. I applies some noise reduction, and then compresses it all into a JPEG file. The FZ50 and Pro 815 gibe you the JPEG file and a RAW file, which is the (uncooked) data straight out of the sensor. Your computer has more processing power and can take more time to do the same processing. Hence, the computer can often do a better job of it..

Any advice greatly appreciated!.

Conrad.

Joel Orlinsky.

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Comment #1

Ok, so the FZ50 sounds like the better camera. Thanks for the reply...

Thanks for the explanation on RAW files too, one further question about that though. Will there be software with the camera to develop/process the RAW file once I've got it on my PC? ie will I be able to use the RAW file?......

Comment #2

The short answer is no. You will need a dedicated application to convert those RAW images.Regards,PJGhttp://thoroughphoto.com.

'Remember there's a winner in every race.'..

Comment #3

Conalex wrote:.

Ok, so the FZ50 sounds like the better camera. Thanks for the reply..Thanks for the explanation on RAW files too, one further questionabout that though. Will there be software with the camera todevelop/process the RAW file once I've got it on my PC? ie will I beable to use the RAW file?.....

That may depend on the camera. The FZ50 comes with Silkypix which is a high quality, full featured RAW developer. It is an excellent program, once you figure out how to use it. The documentation for it does leave something to be desired.As for the other two cameras that you are considering, I don't know,.

If you are using Photoshop CS2 or CS3 or elements, there is a free Photoshop addin for developing RAW files.Joel Orlinsky.

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Comment #4

Why don't you take any of the Fuji's into consideration? They have got great bridge-cameras, too...

Comment #5

Which Fuji's should I be looking at? I'm open to any kind of suggestions....

Cheers - Conrad..

Comment #6

Which Fuji's should I be looking at? I'm open to any kind ofsuggestions....

S9600 or S6500fd (named S9100/S6000 outside Europe) are quite similar to the ones you mentioned..

I own the S9600 and like it pretty much. It's High-ISO performance is better than other non-DSLRs due to it's S-CCD. But I often read, that S6500 is even better at HighISO because it it's got less MP. Both have got the same lens and a manual zoom..

The lens is 28-300 (equ. 35mm). The main reason, why I chose S9600 is the wide angle. I use it very, very often. And 28mm or 35/38mm as beginning focal-length is a huge difference..

The things I hate most: Slow AF (but I don't know whether it's faster/slower than your favorites); manual focussing is very difficult, an electronic viewfinder is not an optical viewfinder; You don't mechanically change the focus, the focus-ring is connected to a motor, that adjusts the lenses. There is no TTL for external flashes..

I never really tried the other ones you mentioned. But I know, that there are comparisons at least for FZ-50/S9600, just search a bit on dpreview and/or google..

If you can, go to a shop, where you can take the cameras in your hand. It's no use buying a camera which doesn't feel comfortable in your hands...

Comment #7

I'll give a thumbs-up for the Fuji 9100/9600 too..

If interested in seeing what it can do, please click on the "back to the bridge camera" link below..

John.Please visit me at:http://www.pbase.com/johnfr/backtothebridgehttp://www.pbase.com/johnfr/digital_dartmoor..

Comment #8

Just found a thread about fz50/S5 IS/s9100, while searching for something:.

Http://forums.dpreview.com/...forums/read.asp?forum=1012&message=24705355.

And anotherone: fz50-s9100http://forums.dpreview.com/...forums/read.asp?forum=1012&message=23631902..

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