Should I replace Ixus 500? If so with what - HX5 or TZ7.
I currently own a Canon digital Ixus 500 which is about 5 years old, and I am thinking of buying a replacement point and shoot, that hopefully will also have some manual controls, a proper LCD screen (the Ixus screen is paltry) and a minimum 10x zoom.
The camera is used mainly for taking shots of the children, either in the garden, out and about, or in the house, and when inside the camera seems to struggle with the light.
I have pretty much nailed my choice to either the Sony HX5 or the Panasonic TZ7. Both seem (to my untrained eye) to have a very similar spec, and the large zoom is tempting.
If I go for the Pana, I can also get a Gorillapod and decent memory card for the same cash as the Sony camera on its own. So, my questions are -
1 - will I see any difference between pictures taken with these two cameras, and -
2 - will I necessarily see any difference between either of these and my Ixus anyway?
Any help would be gratefully received.
Iíll tackle your questions in reverse order if thatís ok. With regards to whether either camera will be better than your current model, the answer is most certainly yes. A year is a long time with regards to compact camera development, and therefore in five years the market has moved on miles.
The first question is slightly trickier. The HX5 is the better camera, owing to the fact that it boasts a whole host of new features and technologies Ė for example, it has a handheld twilight mode, aimed at getting crisp images in low light, itís sweep panorama mode is a joy to behold.
However, the Panasonic TZ7 is by no means a bad camera. It scored just 1% less than the HX5 when tested, though that was a year previously. The offer of a Gorillapod and memory card for the same cash is a fair sweetener as well.
All in all, I would have to say that the HX5 is the right option, unless you really need the memory card and Gorillapod.
I hope thatís of some help,