I'm disappointed that there is no mention of digital zoom, no samples, assessment of performance at extreme zoom, and that Nikon is not slammed for the anemic 2x digital zoom (the canon has 4x).
I am often amazed at what I can capture with the 4x digital + 35x optical zoom on the SX40.
Why digital zoom versus just taking a picture at full optical zoom and cropping?
Because: Even though the resolution is not improved, digitally zoomed, the focus and exposure can be much improved as the camera is only figuring out how to get the best image of your subject, not a full frame of other stuff.
Finally you should include a "moon shot" with these super zooms. It really lets them "strut their stuff" versus the normal P&S and DSLRs with sub 800mm lenses.
And still no Canon SX40 love?????????????
The SX40 outsells the P510 and has been out 4 months longer than the Nikon. When can we expect a review of the SX40?
So all of the cameras in the published serial number range have this defect, but canon won't do anything until the camera actually fails?
Shame on you canon. Do the right thing and fix cameras with the problem.
I paid top dollar for the best of the best, not something more likely to fail in certain environmental conditions.
An S95 with a larger sensor and faster AF? What's not to like?
CameraLabTester: There is just so much limited QUALITY that one can cram into a typical1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) SENSOR that camera companies use (Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung, etc)
The selling points are then waged on features, menus, bells and woots.
For a sensor size of 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm), the best balance is just 5 to 7 Mp!
But because camera companies have zombied buyers into thinking more Mps is more good, they don't DARE do a 5 or 7 Mp modern camera.
A 5 Mp or 7 Mp P&S with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor can set outstanding standards, but they won't do this... (maybe Leica, because they think OUTSIDE the mirror box...)
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Thanks for giving me a good laugh. The guy is using a budget Olympus, notorious for their bad IQ, to prove his point that MP are bad. All he's proving is that budget Olympus P&S cameras are bad.... we all already know that.
cheenachatze: According to the Canon specs, shots taken at Fine quality are about 3MB in size, and shots taken at Superfine quality are about 5MB in size. Were the studio shots taken at Fine quality or Superfine quality?
Wow! The return of superfine? I thought canon dropped superfine to help diferentiate mainstream cameras from raw capable cameras a couple of years ago? I don't think my 2011 S100 or SX40 have superfine so it's sort of notable that the SX260 does.
Regarding shooting in fine versus superfine: "fine" is the default setting and Superfine is not offered in all modes. Superfine is only available in Program, Shutter, Aperture, and Manual. If the tests use another mode such as AUTO superfine is not available.
Peiasdf: Just checked out Pentax's lens line up and I cannot find a single fast normal prime. The cheapest "50mm" is 35mm f/2.4 at $180 while the fastest is 31mm f/1.8 at $1,000. Where is the cheap f/1.4~f/1.8?
Good cameras, weird ass lens line up.
"The cheapest "50mm" is 35mm f/2.4 at $180 while the fastest is 31mm f/1.8 at $1,000. Where is the cheap f/1.4~f/1.8?
Good cameras, weird ass lens line up."
How is this weird? Canon seems to do fine without a modern affordable "normal" FOV prime for their APS-C cameras?
It's disappoining that casio has given up on the high end american market. Once they had class leading cameras such as the EX-Z750/850, FH100, FX1. Today they flood the U.S. market with "me too" point and shoots and fashion accessories such as the tryx.
The ZR100 was pretty bad, but we never got try out the ZR200 and I doubt we will ever see the ZR300.
I've given up on casio (ZR750/850, P505, Z80, ZR100 owner) but I really wish someone would copy some of their features.
I love the past movie mode, also called prerecorded video, and have yet to find anything to replace it. Smugmug's camera app has tried to copy it, but I wish other vendors would too. It's the only reason I've purchased my last two casio's and put up with their shortcomings.
Love the flip up screen. Perfect for self portrait with the kids.
Did anyone actually want this review over a SX40?
Given the SX40 has dipped as low as $250 it's hard to see the point of reviewing (or buying) this camera.....
Otaraka: Im not convinced RAW is a must have for white balance any more, you can adjust JPG's in PS, Lightroom, or even Picasa.
Its really intended as a snorkelling camera and casual use with that depth rating and auto settings. Pity, the fisheye in particular sounded interesting.
Edit: The S90. S95, S100 series canon cameras have 2.0 lenses. Most people would probably prefer those with an underwater housing to whats on offer for more serious underwater photography.
40 ft is great, most of these cameras (Canon D20 etc) are only good down to 33feet. I'm not sure anyone snorkels to 40 feet deep, and if you dive you can get a housing to take you down to 140 feet.
It's really cool it appears to have a pressure meter and warns when you are getting too deep.
I have the Canon S100. An OK camera for the price (I payed like $300 for mine new). At $299 MSRP ($219 amazon) the housing is a tough sell for the beach/pool/snorkling. I'd much rather put that into a tough camera I can throw around and not worry about and save the S100 for land.
"Another forget it camera"?
What other (affordable) UW camera has F2.0?
Look at the brand new Canon D20 and Nikon's AW100. They all start at a glacially slow ... F3.9????
Even the top of the heap, the numero uno Panasonic starts at F2.7
And adapters for a point and shoot? An actual fish eye to take pictures of fish?
IF (and it is a big IF given the past record) Olympus has decent IQ this will class leading UW camera and something to remember until the next one comes around....
OK who got my DCResource in my DPreview?
What's going on guys? Why is Jeff writing for dpreview when he has his own great site?
actually nikon had wifi like 5 years ago in point and shoots. I'm not sure why it has not caught on. Perhaps it's in the implementation.
IcyVeins: DPR Please stop reviewing 8-month old cameras, especially compacts, when there are newer cameras that need to be reviewed, if it's not an important enough camera to review when you first get it then just move onto the newer ones and skip it. This camera is probably going to be obsoleted by a newer version in the summer anyways.
I think it's timely enough, but it's confusing why you picked this "also ran" not so super zoom with all of the other options on the market.
I know "you can't please everyone" but the last Canon Superzoom you reviewed was the SX1 and you've never reviewed a nikon superzoom.
With the much more affordable SX40 ($250 for my new one), the much more zoomy P510 and HX200 all out and generating a lot of buzz why this panasonic? What sets it apart and makes it dpreview worthy?
keeponkeepingon: I may have missed it but I was very surprised you wrote this article ignoring the cheaper Canon SX40
Also you say it compares well with the Sony/Nikon competition but neglect to mention the severe lack of zoom compared to the rest of the field (600 versus 800mm+ equivalent).
You may think it does not matter but ask a birder which camera they rather have......
It would not be a big deal if the difference was not so huge but to say "compares well" and not mention how poorly Panasonic compares in actual zooming is negligent:
Zooms on leading compact telephoto cameras:
FZ150: 23XSony HX200v: 30XNikon P510: 42XCanon SX40: 35X
"the combination of lens quality/sensor/focus at the extreme end resolved just as much detail, in direct comparisons available on the internet."
You are claiming that at 23x the 6 megapixels from the FZ150 sensor are equivalent to 12 megapixels from the SX40 sensor at 35X?
I can't find any source that claims the canon is that bad, to the contrary the sensor in the SX40 is normally ranked above the FZ150, especially at high ISOs.
Regarding "unsable zooms" most SX40 owners in the canon forum would argue that the 35X is very useable. There are some fairly stunning pictures on the forum at full zoom that I don't thiink could be captured with the FZ150.
I may have missed it but I was very surprised you wrote this article ignoring the cheaper Canon SX40
Ross Murphy: you can find good ones for free at Adobe and around the web or make your own for free
which ones are the good ones though? There is so much garbage ou t there it would almost be worth spending $16 on something decent.
I just tried to download iPhoto for my 3GS and I got the error:
"This app is incompatible with this iPHone
This app requires a front facing camera"
What the heck apple?????????
It's like Light Room saying it won't install because I don't have a webcam?????
Has academic pricing been released yet?
$59 for LR3, $50 for Photoshop CS5.5
With the declining prices can we assume $30 for LR4 student and teacher?
Ah I just googled and it's $79 for the student eddition.
I think it used to list at $99.
Odd that the Retail version gets a 50% price cut and the student version gets a 20% price cut.