why is that eyes have differet colors? i hate photoshopping even in these simple things.
Van du Nord: yes ZAnton, that is true. Some years ago the trend was as many pixels as possible until the pictures became worse. Today they supply crazy zooms, do you really need a 800mm on a small camera? Why don't they focus on the lens- and sensor quality itself instead of breaking stupid marketing records.
@condor,Surely, you are not a fanboy (or funboy in your terminology) and I agree with you, to my eyes SX230 photos look better than both panny FZ100 and Sony P500, HX100V.
But your view is too strict and too narrow. Though the purpose of super zoom camera may seem to be tele-zoom, think on this line: why does SX230 has wide angle? 24mm or 28 mm ? it can well start with 36 mm, or in your taste, 100 mm - 600mm that would make the camera 6x zoom and far better quality one with less elements, less distortion, less refraction inside.
So please understand, ultra zoom means "short - tele" zoom. It should cover a little bit wide angle too, at least 36mm.
John McCormack: Sure wish the Panasonic FZ150 was available to compare against. Hint, hint.
@ Mr. Butler,thank you for writing to us.Please add some zoom shot comparisons too for ultro zoom camera.
Jarda_Houdek: why putting in 16 mpix, when all the detail is smeared and actual resolution is lower than say G12? Oh, Sony, they never learn
@Jarda,A lot of people buy Sony for the legendary name in Electronics say TV or music system. They like numbers too. 10 years back people say "sony 2 lux.. can take video in darkness". now they will say 16 MP. Sony will sell more by saying 16MP than saying IQ at iso800.
Ajlan: why panasonic or other brands insist not to use 1/1.6 or 1.7 sensors within these models? Are there any techinal imposibilities to implement this ? ı really wonder why..?
Yes, practically not feasible.To get "enough light" to a bigger sensor requires bigger aperture and bigger lens.
So the internal zoom, internal focussing lens will be big, double the size of what we have now.
But still they can bring one such camera with say 6x - 8x zoom and provide 1.7x converter lens.
But Panasonic seem to believe such camera will cannibalize GH series.
jotor: No mention of GPS--a killer for me.
@Steve Hoge,please avoid talking as if people are fools. I am not saying every time you press shutter camera will try to locate satellite. at sometimes it will happen. within a football ground if you move by 10 meters, your camera will try to find position. if it is unable to locate, it will take time. you may well miss the shot you attempted by moving 10 meters. not always a problem, but sometimes it can be. I have seen it happening.
the videos taken by dpreview are frustrating. none of the videos are intended to show how the camera handles when pointed to light from shadow or from short focus to tele focus or heavy zoom.
patcam7122: the ISO 1600 samples are full of noise and the few details evident are smeared. There hasn't been a Panasonic yet that can produce a decent photo at anything above base ISO without extensive noise reduction and other Photoshop work. No progress seems to have been made on this front for years.
patcam7122,i think you are confused. the performance at 1600 is superb. have you seen iso400/800 in FZ50? this is several times better.
If we need "clean" iso600 photo, we must go for bigger than 3/4ths size sensor.
This tiny sensor has noise, extreme noise at iso1600. Panasonic has done very good job of reducing it, removing it partially. But whatever they do, they won't be able to fix all noise in all colors (especially in dark greyish colors). Remember panasonic does mere fix. by nature, the sensor is noisy.
why a gps is must? it will slow down the camera speed.
panasonic says : "you want flip LCD and RAW? ok.. take this FZ150 and get hell out of here.. no manual focus or manual zoom..no FZ60. Such manual zoom, manual focus FZ60 will screw sales our G series. We prefer G sereis getting screwed by Fuji HS30 "
Maxfield_photo: I'm in the market for an underwater camera, and being a Pentax shooter, I naturally was considering the WG-1, and out of all of them, I still think it's the only one that deserves to be called "rugged", but after this review I may also have to check out the Panasonic. But, how can an underwater camera that doesn't work underwater win a silver award? To me that's a glaring design flaw.
Well said Maxfield_photo.
The Sony should have been disqualified because of this reason or should have put in last.
it is a very nice shot.. it shows that if you are dumb like a goat, even a monkey will take you for a ride..
But i did not vote this shot up since I don't see food unless explained.
good photo... you missed to give light for her long hair.. very nice girl..
firstly my high appreciations for the photo. WOW. The efforts, attempts you must have put to comeout with this is amazing and fully deserves this top raninking. (assuming not photoshopped).
I am bit surprised a ISO 800, F4.5 for 12 hours have not been affected by sunlight (for 12 hours)..
canon 1D or canon powershot whatever, this photo shows the photographers skill, perspective, imagination.
chicago provides plenty of opportunity for photography.. on a single day, you can be in a old street, forsaken south side, millenium park, top of trump tower, lincoln park zoo and Bahai temple.
BBsLX5: Isn't Panasonic just admitting that the price spread is just getting smaller and smaller between the small sensor/long zoom "prosumer fixed lens" w/ (now, formerly) RAW capability "bridge cameras, and --> more expensive mostly larger sensor-ed "dumbed-down" for the sake of size and price ILC cameras where the real money for manufacturers is in the lenses and not sensor technology, and the --> again, more expensive, what are now called "entry-level dslr's" solely for considerations of size and (again, sadly) the missing "dumbed-down" features? Really sad to see this groundbreaking at the time line of cameras biting the dust, being replaced by no doubt crappier more expensive interchangeable lenses w/ the accompanying inevitable dust on the sensor problems.
BBsLX5,your first sentance is too long and has 100 words. like packing 3 lenses, macros, filters, flash in a single bag.
We want good quality camera, which needs no lens cleaning and no labour,no demanding care, no headache. On the other hand, if we must do lens cleaning, lens carrying, we will well do it for Canon, which has unlimited lens options.
I am worried and frustrated by panny. I want to create a campaign asking panny to provide FZ60.
soumy you rock.. the photo is really nice, with mood creating tones and strong colors... the small size of photo stands for the class
N Shafkat Choudhury: How can this camera "boast the world's longest zoom in a compact camera"? To the best of my knowledge, Nikon Coolpix P500 also has a 36x optical zoom and it was launched quite a few months back!
Dpreview.com did not say this camera made Nikon p500 worse. It just said 'longest zoom' which is true. If they had said "first 36x zoom ever" then that would have been wrong.
how this is related to 'be veg?'
Jelly fish will not be stable for 1/8 of second to capture like this. they will always move by pumping and waving tentacles.