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ultra zoom and image quality question
I'm super frustrated by trying to make a decision. There are so many considerations. It seems that most folks say that getting something like an 18x zoom really compromises on image quality. Would it be better to get a camera with less zoom, maybe 10x or 12x than to make these compromises?.

Is it possible to compare apple for apple pictures like on the imaging-resource website? Would that be a good way to determine a good camera for my purposes...landscape, nature, clouds, rocks, pets?.

Also, would I need a really high ISO for nature pics?.

I know the dSLR's are so much better, but they just seem to be out of reach for me financially..

Any suggestions.I'm leaning toward the Panasonic F18 if I go with the ultra zoom...

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JoannH wrote:.

I'm super frustrated by trying to make a decision. There are somany considerations. It seems that most folks say that gettingsomething like an 18x zoom really compromises on image quality.Would it be better to get a camera with less zoom, maybe 10x or 12xthan to make these compromises?.

Any zoom is a compromise. Pro zoom lenses usually don't go over 3x. You could always take a memory card into a store and try out some models you are interested in and take some images on the card and look at home on your computer to compare at different focal lengths. A camera with 18x zoom may produce reasonable results when it's not at it's extremes..

Is it possible to compare apple for apple pictures like on theimaging-resource website? Would that be a good way to determine agood camera for my purposes...landscape, nature, clouds, rocks, pets?.

Are the images resized for web? If they are they won't be much for critical comparison..

Also, would I need a really high ISO for nature pics?.

Not unless you are taking pictures of a cheetah near dusk. Sunny days you will do fine with ISO 100 most of the time..

I know the dSLR's are so much better, but they just seem to be out ofreach for me financially..

Any suggestions.I'm leaning toward the Panasonic F18 if I go with the ultra zoom..

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Comment #1

I am also like you...I will tell you my undrestanding but I dont know how much correct this oneyou need to do some cross check...

1.Higer the optical zoom will help you to capture distance object.....

This is achive in SLR camera with Tele lenes.... In P&S it can done with Higer optical zoom... But if you go for higher zoom in P&S you have to look IS Image stabilization (Antishake or vibration) If shoot some pic with higher shutter speed then You will get poor quality of PIC without IS but you can get a good PIC by enabling the IS once again you will loos the shutter speed If IS is enabled (It will reduce the the shutter speed 4 times (aprox) lesser).. I dont know how it will achive in DSLR..

2.ISO rating indicating their level of sensitivity to light.

Means if you are taking a pic in low light that time you need to look the ISO if you go for Higer ISO you can get a good picture in low light( Some problem is also there if higer ISO once again it will increas the noise as well so we need to check how much ISO will good to take a pic with a camera I think that se need to check the Camera features).

I heard like SLR having good ISO I dont know how it will be. Any have you can resolve this by adding external flash but you need to select a cam such a way...

Comment #2

I was looking at these cameras as well... IMO, the photos are quite grainy on ISO 400 on that Panasonic you mentioned. There is a sample gallery of that camera here, so look at the pics & judge for yourself..

The image quality is not much if any better than a std compact P&S. Just about all the sensors are the same size: small!'OOOOOH, they have the Internet on computers now!' Homer J. Simpson..

Comment #3

Kmac1036 wrote:.

I was looking at these cameras as well... IMO, the photos are quitegrainy on ISO 400 on that Panasonic you mentioned. There is a samplegallery of that camera here, so look at the pics & judge for yourself..

The image quality is not much if any better than a std compact P&S.Just about all the sensors are the same size: small!'OOOOOH, they have the Internet on computers now!' Homer J. Simpson.

Hey,.

Here are the pics I took with my new Sony DSC-H50 at a baseball game. I was shooting on Auto ISO which I did not realize. The camera set most of the pics to ISO 400. I think the pics are great and not very grainy..

I must say this camera takes excellent pics and I would not totally discount the Sony H-series cameras without checking them out..

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/26175691@N03/sets/72157604945375060/.

Chad..

Comment #4

JoannH wrote:.

I'm super frustrated by trying to make a decision. There are somany considerations. It seems that most folks say that gettingsomething like an 18x zoom really compromises on image quality.Would it be better to get a camera with less zoom, maybe 10x or 12xthan to make these compromises?.

An 18X zoom is comprimising the IQ. does this mean it is bad or unacceptable? NO. it simply means that is you had an 18X zoom and at the 18 position, full telephoto, and it was equal to say 500mm. then you could get a better image withn a pure 500mm telephoto OR a zoom lens on a camera of say 100-500mm or a 5X zoom. all things being equal the 5X zoom would outperform the 18X zoom. but is any of this saying the 18X is going to make bad pictures? no way.

Though you would loose convienence and zoom range..

Is it possible to compare apple for apple pictures like on theimaging-resource website? Would that be a good way to determine agood camera for my purposes...landscape, nature, clouds, rocks, pets?.

Comparisions on the web are a bad idea except for general purpose comparisons. you are always limited to the quality that the web can produce NOT the camera..

Also, would I need a really high ISO for nature pics?.

Only if you insist on taking you nature pics in dim light conditions. at any midday light conditions, high iso is not needed at all. high iso could be needed indoors or outdoors in the 1/2 hour before sunset and after sunrise, when you do not have full daylight..

I know the dSLR's are so much better, but they just seem to be out ofreach for me financially..

Any suggestions.I'm leaning toward the Panasonic F18 if I go with the ultra zoom...

Comment #5

Thanks for all the input. I am leaning away from the Sony H series because I really don't like the memory stick. It costs more. Also I think the Panasonic has a wider angle on the lens..

If anyone has the Panasonic fz18, I'd like any input. Pros and Cons of any ultra zoom would be great!..

Comment #6

Compare to Fz18 I feel Cannon S5IS is better.Advantages:Max shutter    1/4000External flashAA Battery.

Disadv: I think 6x optical zoom your loosing in this but In S5IS you can add external lens also if you are really required.....

You can have a look on Fujifilmn FinePix S9600 Which have a very good features but the sizes bit bigger comparatively the above..

Comment #7

What criteria do those who review these cameras use to determine the top picks? Most reviews have the FZ 18 above the others including the Canon. Why do you think this is? Are they looking at image quality or features? Is there a secret formula?thanksJoann..

Comment #8

BA baracus wrote:.

Also, would I need a really high ISO for nature pics?.

Not unless you are taking pictures of a cheetah near dusk. Sunny daysyou will do fine with ISO 100 most of the time..

Just be aware that on a bright sunny day a bird in a tree and they usually sit in the shade will see a shuter speed of under 1/100th of a second at 100ISO which is too slow to effectivly shoot a moving bird. Same goes for any animals in the shade. If they arnt moving much should be OK..

In generall though a superzoom is a very cost effective way of getting decent wildlife shots..

Comment #9

I hear you. Unfortunately, there are compromises in P&S cameras, some better than others. I finally decided that I did not want to lug a camera bag and three lens in the wilderness of Yellowstone, but I wanted to give up a little of the zoom range as possible. I ordered the Panasonic FZ18 this week. Two things sold me - the zoom range and the lack of distortion on the telephoto. Although the in camera correction has a lot to do with the lack of distortion when shooting jpg, I felt it was quite an accomplishment for any lens with that range.

However, those two negatives were outweighed by the great shots I have seen. In the end, that's how I made my decision.*********.

So, this is what Christmas has become? That we have to ask for stamps by demonination?..

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