SLR+ long lens v Bridge camera

Started Sep 11, 2013 | Questions thread
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Re: SLR+ long lens v Bridge camera

Anderton wrote:

Hi Tim,

Bridge cameras have come a long way in the last couple of years in adding PASM modes and +1000mm focal range.

You can use the Clear Image zoom or Photoshop to extend the zoom further with a slight loss of image quality, though less if you would use digital zoom.

The Sony a65 will have a slight edge in image quality due to sensor size.

Actually the difference in IQ is quite major, especially as you go up in iso. Clear zoom is useless as you can do the same thing by cropping (I tried clear image with my A65 and was quite unimpressed). A camera like the A65 has clean 24 mp so you can crop to 100% with good results. The super zooms have lenses that are not sharp and their tiny sensors don't allow much cropping before smearing from noise reduction becomes obvious. You can get better quality from an A65 with 300mm lens cropped to 1000mm equiv than you can get with any superzoom pushing 1000mm. If IQ means anything the best place for a super zoom is in the trash can.

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