I searched on all websites regarding this cameras and all are really good in almost all aspect.
My requirements are as follows
- Great image quality
- Fast Response (Shutter Times)
- Good indoor and outdoor photos
- Maximum extended zoom without distorting.
- A bit easier too use though this is not major criteria.
- Doesn't disappoint me during occasions.
If you have any other ultrazoom camera in mind please feel free to include in this shootout.
The prices of above are within budget. So help me decide.
I had thought about p80, but its performance is too slow to be able to capture those magical spontaneous moments so i left it out. and in shootout versus fujifilm s8100fd it looses out quite substantially
I have been going through various websites and forums regarding each camera but everything i decide on one, i get some disadvantage about it that is not suitable to me. That is why i got even more confused.
I was atleast able to bring down to three choices - olympus 570 (great features, good quality images, 20x opt zoom, above average response), sony h50(great quality images, high iso capability, 15x only, fast response), fujifilm s8100fd (good manual control, control over shutter speed, 18x, good quality images, good battery life).
canon s5 has only 12x zoom, so less interested and its on slow side. and i am not too sure about buying a panasonic fz18 as a digital camera as i don't know much about their history in digital camera.
Guys i've ordered the below package. I don't know the SD card or the charger brand its a whole package. I still haven't got it but ordered and will get delivered next week to my friend in US i shall get once he comes back this month end!
hey gopz, that of 2007, right now in mid of 2008, more ultrazoom cameras have been added, like olympus sp 570 with 20x, fujifillm s8100fd with IS, so the competition have heated up and what might be true for 2007, may not hold true for 2008. It not like panasonic is not a good camera, its a worthy camera for its price and features but others are still not far behind.
But guys, i still haven't got ur opinions on which one should suit my needs best. Please let me know about it.
Its not an assumption Samurai...just like you read a review,
But there is a difference, I was referring to dpreview's review.
Anyway, sorry about that. I reacted looking at your best image comments since it is impossible to tag that term to any ultra-zoom or ultra-compact. I myself got a Lumix FX-35 last week, but I knew the image quality was so-so even before I bought it. It comes with the territory for UZoom and UCompact cameras.
It is better to rely on reviews from independent camera reviewing sites like dpreview, camera labs, imaging-resource, etc. Other sources (magazines and newspaper sites) usually are not that accurate.
You will find that all of these review sites have their share of lovers and haters. I would say read up ALL the independent reviews that you can, and also read up the various user opinions. Net Result = You would have now confused yourself even further! At which time you will say "to hell with it" and buy what you always wanted to buy in the first place, or pick up what you feel the 'majority' has done, or drop the idea all together
I rediscovered my old hobby of photography with some gusto late last year. I quickly plumbed the limitations of my D40 and was scouting around for an upgrade in a few short months (looking through posts on this thread from April might throw up some details). After pondering over options from Canon and Olympus, I decided to stick to Nikon. Unfortunately, Nikon's low-mid lineup consisted of the D80 with upgrades rumoured to be imminent. I decided to bide my time and make do with a used D70 - something that allowed me use a wider lens set than the D40 would
Time passed and I was happy with my decision whilst eagerly awaiting the D90. My lens collection grew and I began to get in touch with my old skills and also begin to understand the new digital only tweaks. June arrives and I get an unexpected financial windfall. Like most such gains, I decide to spend this one too. However, the D90 hasnt arrived and my lens needs are limited.
There is a ray of hope however with an imminent announcement from Nikon. The announcement comes in the form of a D700, but still no D90. I realise that even if it is announced in a couple of months, availability on the D90 would remain limited for some time, . So I look to the more expensive line - the D200 and the D300. The choice is to spend the entire budget on the camera or get a slightly cheaper camera with a UWA lens (something still missing in my bag).
After a few nights thinking things over, I am as confused as ever. So finally I take the money in cash and go to my favourite camera store with a view to deciding there. I spend half an hour playing with each the D200 while the shopkeeper arranges for a D300 for me. I'm pretty convinced that the D200 is the camera for me and that I should spend the extra money on the lens. Then the D300 comes. One look through the viewfinder and I'm hooked as I get reminded of the bright viewfinders of my old film cameras. The WA gets forgotten for the moment, as does the D200 as I spend my entire budget for the D300 (with an extra battery). I'm reasonably sure I'm going to miss the UWA, but that can be remedied at a later date.
p.s. lets see how long this one lasts before I start hankering for a full frame .....