Superzoom design

Started Jun 22, 2014 | Discussions thread
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MarioV Veteran Member • Posts: 6,705
Superzoom design

Sony had a lot of buzz with their RX10 and Panasonic later followed up with their FZ1000.

Nikon and Canon only seem interested in what each other are doing - which doesnt appear to be much, other than some silly rumours that have died down. ie Canon SX60 with 100x zoom and Nikon P700 with 1" sensor in a 1.3kg body, 24-2000mm f/3.5 – 8.5 - which sounds very specific to be a rumour.

Both have novelty value. Both are probably not that practical, even though they sound like fun.

The FZ1000 seems perfect for those who dont care much about zoom.  But for sport events and wildlife, it probably falls short.  Great for almost everything else though.

So shouldnt there be something in between?  Or is 1" the minimum sensor size that gets people excited?  Is that what the manufacturers think?  No consideration for anything smaller?

A 1/1.7" sensor is capable of pretty good output at ISO 1600 and usable at 3200.  Even better if a 2/3" sensor could be used for slightly cleaner output.

My suggestion for the next superzoom:

22-880mm (40x)  f/2.8-f/4.5 with 1/1.7" 18MP sensor, high quality sharp lens throughout, in a body of around 700g and cost around $799. Include usual stuff like 1080p60 video, high res evf and lcd, macro/telemacro, hotshoe, gps, wifi, filter thread, raw.

I think this would cover most shooting requirements.  I know birders would be wanting a lot more zoom. Perhaps the camera can come threaded to fit a 1.7x or 2x TC.

What does everyone think?

 MarioV's gear list:MarioV's gear list
Nikon Coolpix P900 Canon G3 X Panasonic ZS100 Nikon D5200 Canon EOS M100 +1 more
Panasonic FZ1000 Pentax Optio P70 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
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