SX50 or m4/3rds? Dilemma.

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BobT Forum Pro • Posts: 12,780
SX50 or m4/3rds? Dilemma.

I'm really torn between the SX50 and one of the earlier PEN cameras.  I have a DSLR with a minimum of lenses, but good ones.  Do I need another ILC?  Or is the convenience of the SX50 a better choice?

I keep seeing outstanding images captured with the Canon superzoom.  Yet, knowing that the PEN has a bit larger sensor, it too can capture quality images.  But.....is the difference all that great?  This is what I don't know.   I suppose I could always use the DSLR for those critical situations.  Yet, being an older retired guy, I had hopes of reducing gear and especially gear size/weight in the near future.

I'd appreciate your thoughts on what I should do.

Thanks.

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ehazera Senior Member • Posts: 2,309
Re: SX50 or m4/3rds? Dilemma.
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BobT wrote:

I'm really torn between the SX50 and one of the earlier PEN cameras. I have a DSLR with a minimum of lenses, but good ones. Do I need another ILC? Or is the convenience of the SX50 a better choice?

I keep seeing outstanding images captured with the Canon superzoom. Yet, knowing that the PEN has a bit larger sensor, it too can capture quality images. But.....is the difference all that great? This is what I don't know. I suppose I could always use the DSLR for those critical situations. Yet, being an older retired guy, I had hopes of reducing gear and especially gear size/weight in the near future.

I'd appreciate your thoughts on what I should do.

Thanks.

You should be able to answer your own question, You have had both cameras.

John McCormack Veteran Member • Posts: 5,076
Re: SX50 or m4/3rds? Dilemma.

BobT wrote:

I keep seeing outstanding images captured with the Canon superzoom. Yet, knowing that the PEN has a bit larger sensor, it too can capture quality images. But.....is the difference all that great?

Depends on what you do with your images. Frankly, I print less than 6 images a year. The SX50 can output pretty large prints from what I've seen. And the price is dropping on the SX50 as the holidays approach.

This is what I don't know. I suppose I could always use the DSLR for those critical situations. Yet, being an older retired guy, I had hopes of reducing gear and especially gear size/weight in the near future.

I'm also an older retired guy. Hauling around a DSLR and lenses is not my cup of tea. The SX50 for birds and wildlife in good light and the G15 for low light fit my style nicely.

If you want to see what the SX50 can produce in the hands of a talented amateur take a look at cybertony's gallery on SmugMug. Click here .

I'd appreciate your thoughts on what I should do.

Thanks.

ehazera Senior Member • Posts: 2,309
Re: SX50 or m4/3rds? Dilemma.

John McCormack wrote:

BobT wrote:

I keep seeing outstanding images captured with the Canon superzoom. Yet, knowing that the PEN has a bit larger sensor, it too can capture quality images. But.....is the difference all that great?

Depends on what you do with your images. Frankly, I print less than 6 images a year. The SX50 can output pretty large prints from what I've seen. And the price is dropping on the SX50 as the holidays approach.

This is what I don't know. I suppose I could always use the DSLR for those critical situations. Yet, being an older retired guy, I had hopes of reducing gear and especially gear size/weight in the near future.

I'm also an older retired guy. Hauling around a DSLR and lenses is not my cup of tea. The SX50 for birds and wildlife in good light and the G15 for low light fit my style nicely.

If you want to see what the SX50 can produce in the hands of a talented amateur take a look at cybertony's gallery on SmugMug. Click here .

I'd appreciate your thoughts on what I should do.

Thanks.

He already HAS an SX50.

BobT OP Forum Pro • Posts: 12,780
Re: SX50 or m4/3rds? Dilemma.

Thanks, John.

I like your working combo of the SX50 and G15.  Both are lighter than the DSLR gear, and both serve specific needs....which seem to be most everything.

I do like to print my images.  In fact I don't like to keep them on the computer.  So I print most every image that I like.  The better images often get the bigger prints.

I do have a Oly XZ-1 for a smaller P&S with a f1.8 aperture.  It delivers great images.  So combining that one with a SX50, and I just might be a happy camper.  I will certainly give that some serious consideration.

BobT

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sderdiarian Veteran Member • Posts: 3,930
Re: SX50 or m4/3rds? Dilemma.

John McCormack wrote:


If you want to see what the SX50 can produce in the hands of a talented amateur take a look at cybertony's gallery on SmugMug. Click here .

This thread was worth it just for this link, now bookmarked. Thanks, John.

Amazing what this $329 (Amazon) little wonder can do in the right hands, only a matter of time before I give in.  Can't rationally justify it, (I have a larger sensored E-M5 w/75-300mm (150-600mm 35mm equivalent) lens), but that extra reach really grabs me.

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Britney Elvis Veteran Member • Posts: 5,038
keep the dlsr and get the sx50

Keep the dlsr with the good lenses for the lowlight stuff and for difficult shooting situations.
And get the sx50 for the good light / long zoomers and really nice macros...
If the Pen has this kind of range without changing lenses... by all means go for the Pen...

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Greynerd Senior Member • Posts: 5,531
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I have had an EPM-1 and a EPL-2 and the sensors punch well below their weight especially at high ISO. If you are going to get one get an EPM-2 or EPL-5 with the new Sony sensors. You will not get an improvement over the SX50 proportional to sensor size with the old Pens unless in good light and focal length and aperture of course is far more expensive as the sensor size increases.

BobT wrote:

I'm really torn between the SX50 and one of the earlier PEN cameras. I have a DSLR with a minimum of lenses, but good ones. Do I need another ILC? Or is the convenience of the SX50 a better choice?

I keep seeing outstanding images captured with the Canon superzoom. Yet, knowing that the PEN has a bit larger sensor, it too can capture quality images. But.....is the difference all that great? This is what I don't know. I suppose I could always use the DSLR for those critical situations. Yet, being an older retired guy, I had hopes of reducing gear and especially gear size/weight in the near future.

I'd appreciate your thoughts on what I should do.

Thanks.

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Olympus TG-310 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 Olympus Stylus XZ-10 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Olympus OM-D E-M5 +9 more
Sactojim Veteran Member • Posts: 4,703
Re: SX50 or m4/3rds? Dilemma.

Greynerd wrote:

I have had an EPM-1 and a EPL-2 and the sensors punch well below their weight especially at high ISO. If you are going to get one get an EPM-2 or EPL-5 with the new Sony sensors. You will not get an improvement over the SX50 proportional to sensor size with the old Pens unless in good light and focal length and aperture of course is far more expensive as the sensor size increases.

BobT wrote:

I'm really torn between the SX50 and one of the earlier PEN cameras. I have a DSLR with a minimum of lenses, but good ones. Do I need another ILC? Or is the convenience of the SX50 a better choice?

I keep seeing outstanding images captured with the Canon superzoom. Yet, knowing that the PEN has a bit larger sensor, it too can capture quality images. But.....is the difference all that great? This is what I don't know. I suppose I could always use the DSLR for those critical situations. Yet, being an older retired guy, I had hopes of reducing gear and especially gear size/weight in the near future.

I'd appreciate your thoughts on what I should do.

Thanks.

I've taken some decent shots with my Oly E-PL3 with it's 12MP sensor. Very good camera IMO.

Oly E-PL3 with a Panasonic 45-200 lens

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sderdiarian Veteran Member • Posts: 3,930
Re: SX50 or m4/3rds? Dilemma.

For ultimate IQ, mFT with the Sony 16MP sensor is the way to go, but no matter how you slice it, significantly more $$ then the SX50, which currently sells for $329, a true bargain.

Adorama has the E-PL5 with 14-42mm and 40-150mm lenses (equivalent to a 28-84mm and 80-300mm in a 35mm camera) plus carrying bag and 32GB SD card for $499, a good deal on a very good mFT camera.  But if you want a true long zoom for birds/wildlife, you're still looking at an Olympus 75-300mm (150-600mm equivalent) zoom for another $550.  And the E-PL5 doesn't include an EVF, another $200 or so for that.

Given this, is the E-PL5 with 75-300mm zoom and EVF to make it more comparable to SX50 features worth an additional $850-900 for its edge on IQ?  Depends on your intended usage.

Or, to put it another way, I have about $2500 invested in mFT equipment, which I'm very happy with.  But I'm now also strongly considering spending a combined $429 for an SX50 and a pair of Celestron 8-32mm DX compact binoculars for bird spotting, a great bargain sure to bring me many smiles.

Take a look again at Tony Britton's site to see just how capable this camera is:

http://tonybritton.smugmug.com/Other/Canon-SX50-HS

Gives us all something to shoot for.

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