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Bridge cams. closest to DSLRs?
Which bridge cameras are considered to be the closest to the operations and results of DSLRs? I'm still considering lightening my equipment load by ridding myself of my DSLR gear. If I do this, what cameras are on your list for cameras I should be considering? A 10X-12X optical zoom would need to be an important requirement.Thanks for your input...

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Right now I would have to say by far that the fuji finepix S100FS is the best bridge cam on the marketFUJI FINEPIX S100FS, S9000http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=12031129733.

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Comment #1

Other than the electronic viewfinder and fixed lens, this is about as close as you get to an entry level DSLR. The quality in good light (either daylight or flash) is terrific. See the South Dakota Vacation Pictures on Flickr (taken with an FZ30)RegardsJim.

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Jim,.

That would have been my gut reaction as well if it wasn't for the poor press that Panny gets once one starts climbing up the ISOs..

Bob..

Comment #3

I have an FZ30 that I really like. It's not a perfect camera, but it is a very good camera given it's feature set and size. If having DSLR-like features and getting it in a single lens package is a priority for you, the FZ50 is a hard camera to beat..

The only thing I would warn you about is that the camera is over two years old since announcement, and many of us FZ30/50 fans are hoping for a upgraded model being announced soon. Of course, we've been hoping for over a year, so it may never happen. Being older technology is NOT a bad thing ... I think the FZ50 is better than other manufacturer's bridge cameras that are less than a year old. The Leica lens, 35-420mm, F2.8-3.7, with optical image stabilization, is excellent. When it was reviewed by dpreview it received a "Highly Recommended (barely)"..

The FZ50 is a great camera if it fits your priorities..

Good luck,.

- Simon.

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Comment #4

BobT wrote:.

Which bridge cameras are considered to be the closest to theoperations and results of DSLRs?.

"Operations" is kinda personal...depends on what you're doing. But "results"...that answer is easy. Other than the Sigma DP1, my personal opinion, based on the images I've reviewed, is that there are no fixed-lens consumer cameras that come anywhere near the results of a DLSR...

Comment #5

A Sony Apha 350 DSLR + Tamron 18-250 lens combination would weigh in at 1062g whereas a Fuji s100FS (best of today's bridge cams) would weigh almost as much at 918g (around 2lbs). The advantage of this combo is to retain DSLR control and noise advantages togther with Image Stabilisation..

Say you don't care too much about IS, then if you were to put that Tamron 18-250 on a Nikon D60/Canon450 then the combination would actually be just 50g more than the bridge camera. No doubt with the even lighter new entry level Canon the weight would be the same.All you'd need to do is tell yourself to pack no additional lenses.Makes sense??.

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Graystar wrote:.

Other than the Sigma DP1, mypersonal opinion, based on the images I've reviewed, is that thereare no fixed-lens consumer cameras that come anywhere near theresults of a DLSR..

The Sony R1 and it will beat the pants off the DP1..

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GodSpeaks wrote:.

The Sony R1 and it will beat the pants off the DP1..

Probably true. But this aint history class. The OP wants to buy a camera. And while you can get find a used R1 on ebay for 500-600 bucks, a new Canon XSi for a hundred bucks more is a better camera with a good lens...

Comment #8

The Panasonic FZ50 is a sweet camera, and as others have said, it is great in good light at lower ISO, but is not the greatest at high ISO..

However, NONE of the other bridge cameras are any good at high ISO, either..

Perhaps you should do what I did..

Keep your DSLR for the high ISO, and use a bridge like the FZ50 for those other times that you just don't want to lug a camera bag full of lenses around..

The FZ50 is the closest camera in operation and function to a DSLR than any other digital camera out there..

J. D.Colorful Colorado.

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Comment #9

How does anyone feel about the Panasonic FZ8? It might not have a few of the bells and whistles as does the FZ50 or suggested Fuji cameras, but I've seen some mighty "tasty" images from that camera. Where might the FZ8 fall out of contention?..

Comment #10

While the FZ8/FZ18's might look like mini-dslrs in thier pictures they are very different than something like the FZ50..

The FZ50 largely looks, feels, performs, and handles like a DSLR. It has a fixed lens (but with a large zoom range), an Electronic viewfinder, and a small sensor that limits high ISO performance but otherwise competes with entry level DSLR's..

The FZ8/18 are largely P&S camera's with P&S feel, performance, and controls. They have some manual features that allow for more "DSLR like" flexibility but they in no sense feel or perform like a DSLR..

Both can capture fine pictures..

RegardsJim.

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Comment #11

Pixel density is a good rule of thumb (but not perfect) in predicting higher ISO performance. Most bridge cams and super zooms use similar size sensors with similar resolutions so none of them are ever going to be great at high ISO's..

Often reviews imply "Model A is terrific and modle B is terrible". While there may actually be some difference in performance, often it's minuta that the average user would be had pressed to see a difference with in real world shots..

I've learned to pretty much ignore any reviews comments with respect to high ISO noise but I will use my own judgement comparing their test photo's. Often while the differences are visible in the test photos, they are within such a small range that a) I would not notice a difference in most real world shots, and b) The performance looks much better in most real world shots..

RegardsJim.

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Comment #12

If price is an issue, the Fuji S100fs is probably best, with very decent images up to ISO 800 (check the reviews). If price is less of an issue, then something like a Canon 450D with Tamron 18-270mm IS lens would be much better with very little addition to size or weight (not to mention flexibility for future lens additions)...

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Is there a price range that you are limited to?..

Comment #14

Graystar wrote:.

A new Canon XSi for a hundred bucks more is a better camerawith a good lens..

With a good lens, I suspect it would more than a $100 more ..

Might want to wait until after Photokina to see what gets announced there..

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Comment #15

GodSpeaks wrote:.

Graystar wrote:.

A new Canon XSi for a hundred bucks more is a better camerawith a good lens..

With a good lens, I suspect it would more than a $100 more ..

Nah...the XSi kit is $700 at Amazon and comes with the EF-S 18-55mm IS, which isn't a bad lens at all...certainly good enough to let you take advantage of the better camera you'd get by going with the XSi...

Comment #16

Go with the Fuji S100fs, it's the best value and DSLR functions,also very good IQ photos. Use a flash for low,low light as mostall cameras are not too different. All hi iso shots will be grainy onall cameras, even DSLR's..

Keep on shooting memories.....

Comment #17

1eyedjack wrote:.

Go with the Fuji S100fs, it's the best value and DSLR functions,also very good IQ photos. Use a flash for low,low light as mostall cameras are not too different. All hi iso shots will be grainy onall cameras, even DSLR's..

I dunno ... look at some the comments on Flickr - (from the owners).

- Strong chromatic aberrations, difficult to control even working in RAW format. Loss of sharpness at the edges of the image..

"Overall the S100FS has a lot of features but the poor quality of the wide angle lens and the low resolution EVF - would make me think twice spending this kind of money again. If I were do do it over again,.

For $ 700 ?? !!.

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Bw100 wrote:.

...comments on Flickr - (from the owners)- Strong chromatic aberrations...- Loss of sharpness...for $ 700 ?? !!.

My thoughts exactly...

Comment #19

BobT wrote:.

Which bridge cameras are considered to be the closest to theoperations and results of DSLRs? I'm still considering lightening myequipment load by ridding myself of my DSLR gear. If I do this, whatcameras are on your list for cameras I should be considering? A10X-12X optical zoom would need to be an important requirement.Thanks for your input..

For output (pictures) I think the current crop of cameras has been a downgrade from the bridge cameras of 2 or so years ago... Cameras like the Kodak P880, Oly C8080, or Nikon P8800 could take some very nice pictures in nearly anyone's hands....

My current camera (oly sp570uz) "Handles" like a dSLR, when it is in EFV mode. Manual controls for A, S, M modes are easy and quick ot ajust - seems oly uses nearly the same controls and menus on the SP as it does on the E-5x0 cameras... However, in my hands, the output is not close to what you get out of a big sensor camera... There are some folks on the Oly forum that are getting outstanding pictures out of the 570, which tells me I need to learn more about how to take good pictures before I worry about upgrading...  .

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