Cameralabs Review: FZ200 v.s. SX50

Started Jan 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
Ken53
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Re: Cameralabs Review: FZ200 v.s. SX50 ...For the record...
In reply to kenn threed, Jan 27, 2013

kenn threed wrote:

Hi all,

First, I'd like to say that Temple and I have admired several FZ150 images, and that the FZ200 feature set is interesting to us also. We still hope to try these models ourselves, and I posted some comments about this in another recent "Pany vs Canon" thread here: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50578268

We've also seen some very good shots from the Nikon P510, and although we didn't keep ours, we do have several P510 images in our galleries. Some of you may also know that I use a Fuji S100fs, and though the SX50 and SX40 are our primary tools right now, we still have and use several older Canon superzooms as well (S3-IS, S5-IS, & SX30). This recent post includes images from each of these cameras.
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50695632

Of course we've seen plenty of real stinkers taken with all of these (and every other small-sensor superzoom ever used to photograph a bird). It's not difficult to find poor (even ghastly) images posted from any of them. Many people shoot these cams in their various Auto modes, at high ISOs, using default or even increased jpeg settings, maximum digital zoom etc, and will get sooc snapshots which still amaze both themselves and their facebook friends. And that's ok, because they are afterall intended to be point & shoot cameras designed mainly for casual use. But enthusiasts and more experienced users can optimize settings for specific applications, shoot to the cameras strengths, skillfully process and produce high-quality superzoom images which may surprise even those using high-end gear.

The endless debates and arguments over which brand or model of camera is better will undoubtedly continue to convince some and infuriate others. But everybody has different criteria for choosing the best photographic equipment for their own needs, and we all have valid reasons for selecting or rejecting various competing models. In truth, while we all do want a better camera, most of us already own one.

With superzooms, a lot of folks like to use bird photos to measure, assess, or even prove the IQ of any given model. But getting close enough to a lovely wild bird to get the shot, framing that sweet fleeting pose with the so beautiful light and background, then actually capturing and processing it with the maximum image quality the camera is capable of producing... these are the hard parts. The best camera money could buy can't do any of that without a photographer to wield it. And we've all seen ample proof that these small-sensor cameras produce both very good and very bad images, depending mainly on how they are used. Simply buying the camera which another photographer used to create stunning images certainly does not assure anyone of getting the kind of images that photographer produces with it.

Improving our skills with whichever model(s) we do choose however, ultimately has far more positive impact on our results than the specifications, features, model, or brand of any chosen gear... Becoming a better photographer is the least expensive and most effective upgrade we can make. And it's the best way to avoid the otherwise inevitable disillusionment which comes from not achieving the results another photographer gets using the same gear.

Peace, and good shooting everybody.

Kenn

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Very well explained Kenn. Thanks.

Ken

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