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daconway
13-06-12, 09:40 PM
Hello,

I'm looking to buy a high end compact or travel zoom as a gift and would really appreciate some advice on the top of the range/latest cameras in the market.

I've read all the reviews and comparisons but would really like some first hand advice :)

most important criteria are an impressive zoom (+10), image quality, good rechargeable battery life and manual controls. Looking for an optical viewfinder but doesn't look like an option!

Budget not really a restriction, I've suggested a CSC/DSLR but not looking for something with a bulky lens so that also rules out bridge cameras unfortunately.

Looking at the TZ30, SX260, HX9V...any others that top these??

Thank you in advance!

travelbug
14-06-12, 07:34 AM
Hello,

I'm looking to buy a high end compact or travel zoom as a gift and would really appreciate some advice on the top of the range/latest cameras in the market.

I've read all the reviews and comparisons but would really like some first hand advice :)

most important criteria are an impressive zoom (+10), image quality, good rechargeable battery life and manual controls. Looking for an optical viewfinder but doesn't look like an option!

Budget not really a restriction, I've suggested a CSC/DSLR but not looking for something with a bulky lens so that also rules out bridge cameras unfortunately.

Looking at the TZ30, SX260, HX9V...any others that top these??

Thank you in advance!
Hi daconway, I have just purchased the TZ30 and it is a little "gem" !, it has 20x optical zoom and 40x intelligent zoom, quality good, manual controls but no viewfinder, battery rechargeable but I am looking to buy another as a back up as I feel it does not last that long and there is GPS, The TZ30 feels great in the hand and it fits in your pocket or your handbag(if you use one!) Hope this helps, I'm afraid I'm not that technically minded so I will leave that to the more experienced Members!..Caroline

Chris Cool
14-06-12, 09:56 AM
I would have to second that. My brother has bought one and it feels great. Love the touch screen!

Review here (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/panasonic_lumix_dmc_tz30_review/)

I now have his TZ10 to go with my TZ7 :)

And don't forget. Post processing is an important part of photography and should be used to sharpen and enhance pictures taken with your camera. If you don't have an imaging editor, then use the one in my signature below. There are 32 video tutorials to get you started. The most useful is the Adjusting levels (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/06_Levels/06_Levels.html) and for even more adjustment. The Curves tool (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/07_Curves/07_Curves.html) is a must (it's my favourite all-in-one adjuster). My Resize-Crop-Sharpen tutorial below, will get your pics ready for the internet or whatever :cool:

Cheers!


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Mark43
15-06-12, 05:29 PM
I was interested to come across this post as I'm looking for a compact camera with a decent zoom and was considering the TZ30. I've taken a look at the linked review and it sounded great, but then I read all the comments people had posted and it didn't sound good.

Are they being overly harsh? There seems to be a suggestion that some of them are unfairly comparing to a DSLR, but some of them are saying that isn't the case and the picture quality should be better for a compact.

However none of them really seem to suggest any decent alternatives. I like all the features on the TZ30 but I guess picture quality is still the most important thing, are there any better alternatives?

(sorry if I'm hijaking a thread here for my own question)

Chris Cool
15-06-12, 07:10 PM
Hi and welcome.

The beauty of digital is that you can always enhance them in post processing afterwards. Just a few simple tweaks will work wonders.

Have a look at these samples Clicky for 33 samples (http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/reviewsamples/albums/panasonic-lumix-dmc-zs20-tz30-review-samples) Click on them and scroll down and choose 'original size' and see what you think. For a fingernail size sensor, they look fine to me for images that are straight out the camera and have not been tweaked!

Here's my usual blurb...
And don't forget. Post processing is an important part of photography and should be used to sharpen and enhance pictures taken with your camera. If you don't have an imaging editor, then use the one in my signature below. There are 32 video tutorials to get you started. The most useful is the Adjusting levels (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/06_Levels/06_Levels.html) and for even more adjustment. The Curves tool (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/07_Curves/07_Curves.html) is a must (it's my favourite all-in-one adjuster). My Resize-Crop-Sharpen tutorial below, will get your pics ready for the internet or whatever :cool:

Cheers!


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Mark43
16-06-12, 09:59 AM
Thanks, they do look pretty good and I think I'd be happy with such images. Obviously when you look at them at full size its not perfect, and I realise this is normal but I'm not sure how good its supposed to look, so I might have a little look around at some samples from competitors first, but will probably stick with this one.

Whichever way I go I'll definitely take a look at your links, in the past this isn't something I've bothered with, I've just taken the photos and accepted them as they come out. I think I'm probably missing out on a lot.

Chris Cool
16-06-12, 12:15 PM
The idea with the 'original size' is to print them out at the size you would normally print at. For the web and 6"x4" prints, any camera will do lol.

Tweaking of images.

Taken with Panasonic TZ7 with EV (Click for definition) (http://www.ehow.com/about_5465537_camera-ev.html) set at -1/3 to allow for bright skys.

Before
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/ab218/siuyagraphics/train1.jpg

After
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/ab218/siuyagraphics/train2.jpg

Cheers!

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Mark43
16-06-12, 01:27 PM
Ah sorry, yeah I realise that. I just figured original size might be a good way to compare different cameras. I'm probably over thinking this anyway considering the type of pictures I take, just looking to get the best for my money. As far as 6x4 prints go, to be honest I was always pretty happy with the results from my 10 year old camera.

Thanks for the tweaking example, it makes quite a difference.

Chris Cool
16-06-12, 01:46 PM
Ah sorry, yeah I realise that. I just figured original size might be a good way to compare different cameras.It is a good way to determine picture quality, but not so good with small sensors. Pixel peeping at 100% can be off putting. The real test is to print an A4 sheet at around 240 dpi (dots per inch) and see if it looks OK to you.

Another thing to look out for is smearing or painterly effect. Do look at others though. I don't work for Panasonic lol.

Here is a test I did with the TZ7. There is one at 100% and it's what I would call acceptable, but no wow factor Clicky (http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?71760-TZ7-zoom-range-%287-images%29&highlight=zoom) This compact was given the highest rating when it came out...

Cheers!

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Mark43
16-06-12, 08:23 PM
Thanks again for the advice. I'll try to post back once I've made a purchase to say how I got on.

I just came across a review that had samples comparing no zoom to 20x zoom. I had no idea quite how far 20x was, pretty excited about that considering my last camera had 4x. :)

daconway
18-06-12, 05:27 AM
Hi,

Thanks for the replies before things went off on a tangent! :-)

I've narrowed my search down to either the canon sx260 or the Sony hx9v/hx20v??

Could people please suggest their preferences and a quick why??...I'm all reviewed out! Thanks!

Mark43
19-06-12, 06:27 PM
Hi,
Thanks for the replies before things went off on a tangent! :-)


Sorry, it looks like I killed your thread. Sorry for the hijack. :(