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fuzzyowl
04-07-12, 08:52 AM
I"m going to buy a 'bridge' camera for a fjord cruise trip to the arctic this winter and am looking for some advice on which one. I hope to be getting shots of the aurora borealis (and video potentially) but will also want to take shots of scenery and wildlife. The key issues for me seem to be:
* Low light performance (image quality and focusing)
* Zoom range
* Video capability

I've narrowed down to the Panasonic FZ150, Nikon P510, Canon SX40, Fujifilm HS30 and Sony HX200

All seem to have pros and cons so any help deciding would be gratefully received.
Also does anybody know if there are likely to be any new contenders before Dec 2012??

Thanks

wave
04-07-12, 10:00 AM
Hi one thing to check with these cameras is do they have exposure compensation you may well need this if taking pictures in the snow. have a good trip

Chris Cool
04-07-12, 04:09 PM
Top of range Bridge is the Panasonic FZ150 Read about it here (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/panasonic_lumix_dmc_fz150_review/)

There should be a 'scene' mode for snow but you can adjust the exposure as well.

None of them have good low light performance as the sensor is too small. However, with the use of a pocket tripod to rest against structures and the 2 second timer, you should get reasonable results.

Bridge cameras have smaller sensors than 1/3"
The Panasonic GF3 has a 4/3"rds sensor - massive difference!
http://www.digicamhelp.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/digital_sensor-sizes.png

If you want good low light capabilities then you need something like a CSC system. The Panasonic GF3 with much larger sensor is one of them Read about it here (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/panasonic_lumix_dmc_gf3_review/) Remember, if you are not producing large prints. You can crop the centre of an image, so don't need a massive zoom.

Beginners DSLR, CSC or Compact tutorial to get you on the right track!
Totally new to photography and just got a new DSLR, CSC or compact? Then take a look at Canons basic tutorials and learn how to use them. In Part 2, find out about ISO, Exposure, Depth of Field, Aperture priority, Shutter priority etc in picture form this applies to all makes of camera.
Click for tutorial (http://web.canon.jp/imaging/enjoydslr/index.html)

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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fuzzyowl
05-07-12, 04:16 PM
Thanks all
I've already got a DSLR but wanted something smaller for the trip - also don't want to be messing about changing lenses if I can help it. So the Panasonic FZ 150 may be the one to go for.