Best camera for $500?

Started Apr 1, 2011 | Discussions thread
John Glover
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Re: Best camera for $500?
In reply to jungleexplorer, Apr 1, 2011

You'll not find a 30x zoom for any interchangeable lens camera, it would be the size of a howitzer...........

The best you will do for MFT in terms of a long zoom ration will be a 14-140 class lens. In terms of focal length will be a 100-300mm, which gives an effective field of view of a 200-600mm zoom in a native MFT lens. you can use an adapter to add a legacy lens such as a Tamron 200-500mm but you will lose some lens/camera functionality. And none of this will come in under $500.

As far as a megazoom goes, that is the only way you will get the zoom ration you are looking for at your price point. In good light the image quality should be acceptable, but the camera will most likely struggle in low light due to the small sensor size, slowish lens at the long end of the zoom and relatively (compared to MFt or a DSLR) poor high ISO performance. It will also probably not be the fastest to focus as well.

So what you have is compromise in both system and you will need to weigh which is more important to your style of shooting, better image quality or the long zoom ratio.

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