As the rest of his articles, this one is very informative and superbly illustrated by examples. I like that it also remarks the many difficulties such an action involves.In short, a top professional work.
I like Fuji: they launch simultaneously 42X ,44X and 50X super zooms, so that the Fuji fans can choose the EXACT super zoom they wanted!
As just a hobbyist, my opinion is that many people that can afford to buy this technical jewel don't know how to use it, and I'm saying this because I wasn't impressed at all by the samples of the forum, but the samples of the Korean review recommended below were actually jaw-dropping!
Nice kitty! The cats usually play the "H&S" game as a part of their exceptional hunting instinct!
Stunning image and composition! Congratulations!
Two problems: the first, VERY IMPORTANT, is that the images lost their former clarity and it's only a zoom in step; the second, of secondary importance, is that in the "Recent forum activity" appear the messages but not the forum name to which they belong.
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Valterj: Overall a good camera!
But there are some things that could be better:
Video is not the best - Sony DSC-HX100V is much better!
GPS takes around 1 minute to be active!
42X optical zoom for seascapes is like digital zoom!!!
Night shots with high ISO are too noisy.
No accessories, like macro lens adapters...
You can fit perfectly to it Raynox DCR-150 and 250, which come with an adaptor...
qwertyasdf: Hi Theano Nikitas and Barnaby Britton,
"The P510 is a very useful portrait camera towards the long end of its zoom"You guys really hv my curiosity going here, can you please show me a portrait using 1000mm, it's something i'll never accomplish in my lifetime.
Here is a sample at 180mm (1000mm equivqlent):
How do you like it?
keeponkeepingon: 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.
An example about SX30 vs SX40 here:
By the way, Nikon P510 has also such absurd limitations in the M mode, contrary to my old "toy" Canon SX210IS, where all parameters (aperture, shutte rspeed and ISO) are independent on the entire scale, as they sholud be!
Moon shot? That's a child play! But what about SATURN?! Please search in the forum "P510 Visits Saturn" by Nightwings and think again...
I'm not saying SX40 is not a good camera, although it seems that SX30 was better (general "canonists" opinion, I own neither), but the optics of P510 is quite outstanding.
Barbu: Nothing unexpected, it's a nice camera (of course, if you're in the market for a supemegazoom).But one thing was just mentioned in the review: the VR system. The author said only that „it's very good”, which seems more like an opinion than a true test.A while ago reviews here meant testing and showing results, not just... „it's nice, just believe us”. Where have gone the graphs with the percentage of usable pics at max zoom?
I got an Oly SP-810UZ and I was skeptical (like you and everybody else) about the P510 VR at the telephoto end. But, nice surprise, it's incredible good! Besides, the digital zoom (2X) is also usable (at Oly it wasn't).Please see at the forum lots of good shots with hand held camera at the telephoto end.All the best (toate cele bune),Augustin
Frankly I can't understand this "war" between us, the users, in criticizing or defending a camera or a brand: more than often cameras of the same brand can be excellent or not so good. What is the purpose in defending a faulty camera or in criticizing a good one? I hope neither of us is an employee of a camera making company, thus for us the competition is benefic because we have more possibilities to choose that camera we like the best.
Very good shot, only... it seems to be a fly, not a wasp!
Very good shot, I would vote it on the first place! Poor cat...
Kwick1: I don't know how to quantify this. The High ISO samples look good, but all of the samples look very "digital", with bland colors, low contrast, etc. I didn't find them appealling at all compared to any of the Olympus cam JPGs or the Fuji X100.
I'm VERY happy you said this as a professional because I didn't dare to say it as a simple hobbyist, but actually I'm not at all impressed by the samples.
daddyo: Error is Shutter Speed Specs.
The maximum shutter speed listed in this announcement is wrong -- according to the Olympus website, the max shutter speed is 1/2000 Sec.
That makes a bit more sense :-)
Today I've received another answer with apologies and an important correction: the value is 1/1400!
I hope, but I didn't find it anywhere. More than that, an Olympus staff member answered to my mail that is definitely 1/850!
JesperMP: Small and light, and no EVF.That will make it quite difficult to get a stable image at the longest tele end of the zoom.Even with optical image stabilisation, you need to hold the camera very still, something that an EVF helps with when you put the eye to the viewfinder. Almost every other superzoom that I have seen has an EVF, for this reason I believe.
I have the SP-800UZ and never take a tripod with me, just prop the camera against something solid (a pole, the back of a bench, etc.) and take 4-5 shots: always one or two of them are usable and sometimes even surprisingly clear.
Something it's wrong: in the review it states: 4.3 - 154.8mm and f: 2.9-5.7, which seems to be correct. However in the image we see: 4.9-147mm and f:2.8-5.6, EXACTLY like on SP-800UZ, although with red it's written 36X optical zoom.
mpgxsvcd: Small sensor cameras are great for super zoom lenses. That is what this camera is for. If you have the need to take REALLY long distance shots it will get those with a few compromises for not much money.
To get 800mm in m4/3s with auto focus you have to buy the $600 100-300mm. And then you still have to crop to get to 800mm.
These compact super zooms are actually quite good for shots of the moon. It costs many thousands of dollars to get moon shots with large sensor cameras.
If you want wide angle with large apertures then a small sensor camera should not be your first choice. If they must put a small sensor in the camera then it should have a longer focal length just by nature of the crop factor.
Quite right: I tried to shoot the Moon with my SP-800UZ. It's here:
Thank you for watching.