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AuraTodd
21-08-12, 08:04 AM
Hi I have a Fuji Finepix F60 and it's a nice camera and has good colours on the shots, but I notice it's not so good at close up etc. I was at the new Forest Wildlife park the other day and when I try to zoom in the picture blur's.

Can you please recommend an upgrade? I have an bridge, but I am looking for a compact that I can put into my pocket without the bulkiness of an SLR. I haven't used auto focus etc for age's as I tend to use AV and TV, and not the flash as it over-exposes.

I have two models in mind which are:

Canon Powershot SX240 HS (has CMOS)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30EB (has MOS)

I want it for landscapes, taking close ups of things to sell on E-Bay. I have saved up 240 and can go no higher then that. Castle Cameras have confused me and said I should go for the Sony series, is this the best lens?

Can you please recommend which camera listed I would get more for my money and be able to do more with? :confused:

I think with GPS I probably wouldn't use and I am worried Castle Cameras are trying to get me to spend more money on the Sony.

Thanks.

Chris Cool
21-08-12, 01:10 PM
Hi

I have to say that the two models you mention are right at the top of the tree for travel zooms and if video is more important than stills, the Sony too!

So, it really comes down to handling. Look at menus, LCD screen and what controls make it easy to operate the camera.

Have a look on line for your nearest camera shop or Comet, Currys and PC World and see what they have in stock and pop along and test them.

Have fun!

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-Clicky (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/) to get you started. The most useful is the Adjusting levels-Clicky (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/06_Levels/06_Levels.html) and for even more adjustment. The Curves tool-Clicky (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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AuraTodd
21-08-12, 02:15 PM
Thanks I tried the Panasonic but I didn't like the shutter as I felt it was a bit slow. In the ed I went for the Canon Powershot SX260 HS believe it or not. I hope I have made the right decision as I will be taking it on a trip to London tommorrow. Will leave feedback on what it is like. :)

Chris Cool
21-08-12, 02:38 PM
The Canon Powershot SX260 HS is a good choice and you won't go far wrong with it.

Try and keep the ISO CLICKY (http://digital-photography-school.com/iso-settings) at 100 for daylight shots as this gives noise/grain free images and no more than 400 for low light shots. Of course if it's a must have shot, then go higher.

Something I would be interested in is the video. When panning on the Panasonic there is slight jerking. I wonder if Canon can get as smooth as Sony?

And don't forget about enhancing images afterwards. Makes all the difference!


Cheers and enjoy!


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AuraTodd
21-08-12, 02:41 PM
Thanks very much. I usually use Photoshop Express when smartening up the picture's and Google Picasa 3 to finish it off. Is there a gallery for showing off photo's here please, where I can get some feedback?

Chris Cool
21-08-12, 04:00 PM
Okey dokey!

You can post in the Galleries on here - see the headings.

If you want serious critique. You can post on WDCs sister mag. forums, Amateur Photographer Appraisal Gallery CLICKY (http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/forums/forumdisplay.php?34-Appraisal-Gallery)

You'll find myself on there if you need help at any time plus others from here. Just make sure you read my How to Post Images etc sticky at the top of the forums for size restrictions etc. You can use the Private Message system (PM) on there to contact me direct.

Cheers!

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