thank you fuji.. i will buy fuji despite some flaws.
1. This fz-60 is an ultra zoom camera; not a bridge camera as dpreview.com writes. a bridge camera should be in the lines of fz-20/30/50 or finepix f100fs/ HS30EXR. neither this fz-60 can be qualified as sucessor of fz-50.
2. when there is no focus ring, there is just 30% chance of manual focussing correctly especially if you use macro lenses. the bird in tree will probably fly away by the time you correctly focus across the disturbing sticks. when mentioning 'manual focus - yes', it must be pointed out that, it is not actually ring but a crippled dial which you will slowly get used to never using.so this is not bridge camera. this is ultrazoom.
3. when dpreview.com reviews any of these bridge cameras, they should compare tele-zoom sharpness too, just like they dont stop with iso-100 there should be 25mm,100mm and 600mm. ideal would be some applet like the one in lens review comparison.
1. This is an ultra zoom camera; not a bridge camera as dpreview.com writes. a bridge camera should be in the lines of fz-20/30/50 or finepix f100fs/ HS30EXR. 2. there is no focus ring, there is just 30% chance of manual focussing correctly especially if you use macro lenses. so this is not bridge camera. this is ultrazoom. when mentioning 'manual focus - yes', it must be pointed out that, it is not actually what it should be.3. when dpreview.com reviews any of these bridge cameras, they should compare tele-zoom sharpness too, not just basic lens power at one zoom point. Like how they cameras behaved when zoomed and center focussed to some specific point in test-setup. ideal would be some applet like the one in lens review comparison.
the price $699 is acceptable, since 'two year contract agreement plans' are at least $300 - $600 more than no-contract plans.
Babya: I do miss not having the manual zoom/focus rings on the FZ200 like the FZ50 has.
extending lens construction rules out this choice?
the lens system is purely depending on projecting the lens out, and extending further and contracting back. Does this rule out a manual ring type focus and zoom?
Ben O Connor: sounds a good package. I also wish to see its "bigger sensor" competitor fujifilm XS-1 in dpreview.com
Its rather interesting, very much like a DSLR smalller sensor fixed 30x zoom. And bigger sonsor than these super-zoom guys. with a huge price tag on it , that let all consider a DSLR instead !!
Fuji spoils everything in the name of 'rearranging color array' bringing crude, unnatural output. Panny is beating the bush with 2.8 F, 1/2.3", which won't be as good bokeh or as sharp as a 5.6F 2/3 ".
Thakur Dalip Singh: Great Achivement by Panasonic for F2.8 at 600mm. I wonder why not manual zoom ring? Electronic zoom ring is not liked by serious photographers, it is not precise, not quick.
I don't know what is a 'electronic zoom ring'. Focus ring is much more useful than zoom ring. It was very difficult to focus with a macro add on, with fz150's focus dial.
Stephen McDonald: I'd like to know just what "engineering feat" Panasonic performed to make it possible to have F2.8 at 600mm. For many of my longrange shots, I wouldn't want an even more shallow DOF at 600mm. I'd have to manually stop-down the aperture, slowing the shooting process. If the aperture stayed wide in video mode at high zoom points and couldn't be manually controled, that would be bad. For many sports and wildlife videos, I'd want maximum DOF.
No, 2.8 f is good as wild life shots will be subjects isolated. But I guess this FZ200 will need to be stepped down anyway, to be sharp at tele end.
jcmarfilph: Prolly you need to stop down the lens to f/5.6 to get the sharpest image =D
Dmitry,True, but jcmarfilph says that in a funny note, see the smiley. His point is absolutely right, as I see NO POINT in buying a camera since it saves you a 1 step down aperture. I already own FZ150 and FZ200 is useless.
photo nuts: Somehow I prefer this shot to the winning entry. :) Wonderful capture
Zisun_ahmed: breath taking !!
The Mick, you cannot wear out the FZ-100 soon.. my FZ-20 is 150,000 shots done, twice went to coma and recovered by itself and doing fine.
In FZ-100, it is extremely difficult to focus with a macro lens (since manual focus ring is absent). you did a great job.
cool shot, excellent motion blur
the frog jumped and hanged on to the white crane until it reached the pond that still had water
firstly you don't get a pond without ripples often.secondly with a warm yellow sunlight, and a skimmer, and a mirror like reflection enabling to see top and bottom of the bird.. great shot
superb... my country
I ordered one blow up of my photo in fotki, and that turned out sharp picture with good colors. Then I ordered seven blow ups. All are mushy with dull colors. When contacted fotki, they rudely replied "we are no longer working with the printing company that did your first order. So it won't make sense to compare". I said bye bye to them.
excellent noise control!!
boar: Excuse me dear host...I've a beautiful photo of a cow...Can I enter the challenge? :D
generally cows are accompanied by flies, pests or bees. so you can enter a cow for sure.