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Old 11-20-2013   #1
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I would like to buy a camera for use while traveling. One that is easy to use, light, that will shoot RAW, have tele-zoom lens, a reasonable sensor size, and at a reasonable price.

What I am not sure about is the importance of pixels, resolution, type of screen (articulated, tilting or not?), point and shoot or mirror-less.

I already have a good quality Canon EOS camera and lenses but they are too heavy for travelling. Am I better to remain within the Canon family?

All information and/or make/model recommendations would be appreciated.

Amnon

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I would get Panasonic FZ200 and call it a day.

FZ200| B&H Photo Video
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I would get Panasonic FZ200 and call it a day.

FZ200| B&H Photo Video
Ditto that.

I have the FZ200 and am very happy with it.
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After lugging my Nikon D7000, four lenses, and assorted other stuff on a vacation to China (18 days), I decided to try one of the light, super zoom cameras. I looked hard at the Leica V-LUX 4 and the FZ200. I had concerns that the clarity of the extreme zoom lenses in combination with such a small sensor would produce blurry pics. The sensor size comparison is: V LUX (FZ) 8.8 x 6.6 mm vs 22.2 x 14.8 mm C MOS. That's a lot of difference. After reading all the customer reviews about the FZ being a close cousin to the Leica, (FZ $449 vs $899 for the Red Dot), I became really concerned about noise and blurry pics. I've been a Nikon guy since my first "F" purchased in 1965. I started looking at the Coolpix P520 on Amazon for $347: 18.1MP, 24-1000 zoom [35 eqiv], articulating LCD screen 1080 video, etc. What closed the decision for the P520 was that it had every bell and whistle that my D7000 had except shooting in RAW (which I don't use much). After purchase, I shot several shots side by side with my D7000 w/Nikon & Tokina lenses with tripod and with 100% blow ups. Here's what I found, If you are very careful, you can get superior results with the smaller sensor cameras . Focusing is slow and you must wait until the camera has finished it's hunt. Second, I use the 'P' setting @ 400 ISO for almost all my shooting. At my age, I'm not steady so a faster speed helps along with VR. Third, I post process my good shots in PSE11, levels & sharpen along with a look at NIK Viviza's structure adjustment. That said, a 16 x20 enlargement can be processed with great color and clarity. I've done it. In summary, any of the three cameras mentioned are capable of amazing results in a light, small package. It only takes patience and a little know-how. I feel sorry for reviewers who expect perfect results right out of the camera. If that camera exists, I'll buy one.
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Hi Bob ,

The Perfect camera does not exsist imho, yes compacts can produce real good images too , but if the sensor is smaller (wich is 8/10 the case) then noise kicks in sooner or later . The advantage of smaller multizoom camera's is that they offer reach in a carryable package .

I do however have my thoughts about the reach of the Coolpx 520 24-1000mm
camera's wich such a big reach lens easily tend to slow responses since first you have to extend the lens and get it ready for action , the longer the lens the more time it takes .

yeah with a tripod and a non moving object all camera's can make a superior shot once the guy or girl behind the camera has framed the shot . out of the hand it is a heck harder, because vr has to work extremly hard at 1000mm or you must be a surgeon when you can produce a shot at 1000mm without vr .

why go for 400 iso always , i tend to shoot at low iso pretty all the time and only increase it if nescessary. i rather longer the shutterspeed with the help of vr than raising iso

i too shoot mainly at P+ only when i want to blur backgrounds i use A or when i want to play with shutterspeeds S. I am mostly a Nikon user too
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Before Xmas I finally settled on a Fuji X-E1. It's very different, and much slower, from my full frame Canon 5 D II. But I got a good deal and am in the process of learning how to comfortably use it.

Thanks for all the advice and Happy New Year to all.

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Thank you for your kind thoughts. I'll continue to play with the P520 with your suggestions in mind.

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