Which super zoom bridge camera would you recommend and why?
Im a part time pro and I have a FZ200 that i use for travel when i dont want to lug around pounds of dslr. it does quite well, and no one has mentioned its a very capable video shooter with good battery life.
Camera labs has a review of the Panasonic FZ70
I agree. People only tend to emphasize the super tele end but not the wide angle end. I have the Canon SX50 and wished it was wider. Hopefully the Canon SX60 will have a wider view with wifi and GPS.
About a year ago, my stepson showed up with a Panasonic FZ150. I was able to take a picture with it, through a gap in the trees, of a little airplane flying several miles away out over the ocean. It locked focus immediately. Impressive.
He has children, and has found the FZ150 just fine for photos of the kids playing, birthday parties, all that. All the telephoto is perfect for going to the zoo, getting up close with that tiger.
There's probably a newer model out by now, and I'd certainly check it out!
Jonathon Donahue, San Diego, California
I own a Sony SLT A55 and a NEX, but the super telephotos and cost prohibitive for me right now. I simply can not afford a long range Lens for the Sony...
If you are used to these, you may have a hard job finding a bridge camera to suit you. Maybe you could look for suitable lenses on the second hand market.
I'm considering the Nikon P520, the Sony HX 300, or thee Panasonic Lumix FZ 70, which one would you choose? Or do you have another brand that is better in your mind?
I would exclude the Sony HX 300. There are two many comments about over-processing in the camera, here as well as on YouTube.
I should say I'm leaning towards the Panasonic because it can capture raw files, but this isn't a big sticking point to me.
I can't have two new cameras, and my actual requirement is for a light-weight long zoom pocket P&S. For recording our Morris gig videos, the camera gets mounted on my accordion. Extra weight causes extra whiplash, and the larger size focusses public attention on me instead of the dancing. Sandra has agreed that I can have the Olympus SH-50 iHS.
But for a bridge camera, I also lean towards the Panasonic FZ 70. You have a range from 20mm to 1200mm, which covers interiors for rental advertising right up to moon- and bird shots, AND for video the sound focusses with the lens. I just wished for more FZ 70 postings over on the Panasonic forum. They have too much pre-occupation with the FZ 200 for my liking.
The Sony SAL500F80 mirror lens is a great lightweight xbd compact 500mm telephoto for the A55. I used this combination a lot.
If you still want a quality bridge camera there is the new Sony RX 10 to consider also.
Bridge cameras are not DSLRs or MILCs (mirrorless), but if used within their limits they can produce beautiful photos. Their main limit is due to their small sensors and relatively slow lenses (except the f/2.8 lens of the FZ200) which limit their performance in low light. That's why I recommend getting one that takes an accessory flash that can be used for bounce flash.