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    Canon sx200 IS vs Panasonic dmc-fx550 - wide angle, good in low light

    I am looking for a new camera (surprisingly)
    I want to have a camera that has several manual functions so I can experiment a bit, I want at least a 30mm wide angle lens and the camera needs to perform well in poor lighting conditions, with which I mean ambient light etc...

    From these specs I am now looking at the Canon sx200 IS vs Panasonic dmc-fx550 (these camera's are not yet on the market, but will come soon, there predecessor were the sx100 and fx500)

    I have the idea that canon delivers sharper and more detailed pictures as panasonic and its colors are brighter.

    Does anyone have some comments on this or may even suggest a better option?
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    Re: struggling finding a camera

    Quote Originally Posted by loesjes View Post

    Does anyone have some comments on this or may even suggest a better option?
    First up, welcome to CiC - great to have you with us If you get a chance, pop a reply onto the welcome thread so we can give you a proper welcome!

    I don't know either of these cameras to be honest, but my experience is that the colour from all cameras is much of a muchness in that the all get tweaked to taste in post-processing (PP).

    My initial thought was have you thought of investing in a true SLR to give you a more flexible platform to work from in the future?

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    Re: struggling finding a camera

    My daughter has the FX500. It is a very solid little camera and the image quality is good. The menus are not that intuitive however but with practice you can find what you want fairly quickly. Personally I would go for something with a view finder. The LCD is big and quite bright but in very bright sunlight (which will hopefully be behind you) I really struggle to compose the frame. It feels great, a bit like the feel of a zippo lighter or an iPhone but if you want a camera where you can experiment with manual settings you will very quickly grow out of the ZX500. My daughter is 14 and she is already eyeing my discarded Finepix F7000. As too performance in poor light do not expect miracles you will get grainy images. I cannot comment on the image sharpness compared to the Canon.

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    Re: struggling finding a camera

    My initial thought was have you thought of investing in a true SLR to give you a more flexible platform to work from in the future?
    I am not looking for a SLR because I am taking pictures on holidays and when on holiday I take my camera everywhere, and I think an SLR is to big to do this. I know that compact camera's do all this processing and maybe I will buy an SLR someday, but first I want to experiment with a compact camera with some proper manual controls.

    she is already eyeing my discarded Finepix F7000
    And therefore I also do not want this kind of camera

    I know that I have a somewhat impossible combination of specs but I am looking for a camera that comes close...

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    Re: struggling finding a camera

    If you want a compact with full manual over ride take a look at the Sigma DP1 and the Canon G10
    john

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    Re: struggling finding a camera

    These camera's are really nice, but a bit out of my budget....I am thinking about buying a camera with the best manual controls and lens from about 300-400euro's....

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    Re: struggling finding a camera

    You shoul look at Canon SX110 Is, they don't have 28mm wide like SX200, the lens start at 36 but they are fastest than SX 200.
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    Re: Canon sx200 IS vs Panasonic dmc-fx550 - wide angle, good in low light

    Hi
    My wife wanted a compact that 'sort of did all the things a DSLR did'!
    After a lot of checking I bought a Canon sx200 for her.
    I've got a Samsung GX-20, but she usually gets the best pictures on her little Canon.
    So annoying.....!
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    Re: Canon sx200 IS vs Panasonic dmc-fx550 - wide angle, good in low light

    Quote Originally Posted by aertaylor View Post
    Hi
    My wife wanted a compact that 'sort of did all the things a DSLR did'!
    After a lot of checking I bought a Canon sx200 for her.
    I've got a Samsung GX-20, but she usually gets the best pictures on her little Canon.
    So annoying.....!
    Tony
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    Tony,

    Do you and your wife photograph the same subjects?

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    Re: Canon sx200 IS vs Panasonic dmc-fx550 - wide angle, good in low light

    often we do!
    what made you ask?

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    Re: Canon sx200 IS vs Panasonic dmc-fx550 - wide angle, good in low light

    I thought that would be the best comparison of both of your cameras, if you were both shooting the same subject under the same conditions. When I went to Vegas this past autumn, I took three cameras with me, my point and shoot, bridge, and DSLR. Each performed well under specific conditions. I had more flexibility with the bridge and DSLR but the compact worked just as well shooting from a moving vehicle.
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    Re: Canon sx200 IS vs Panasonic dmc-fx550 - wide angle, good in low light

    Hi
    I bought the Canon sx200 for my wife a couple of months ago. Its absolutely brilliant. I've got a (Samsung) DSLR, but usually she gets the nicer shots now! I'm very annoyed! Her little sx200 has 28mm - and it does 48x zoom - and mostly that digital zoom looks as good as optical. Say no more.

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    Re: Canon sx200 IS vs Panasonic dmc-fx550 - wide angle, good in low light

    One advantage of using a point and shoot is it is light weight and not as sensitive to camera shake.

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    Re: Canon sx200 IS vs Panasonic dmc-fx550 - wide angle, good in low light

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowman View Post
    One advantage of using a point and shoot is it is light weight and not as sensitive to camera shake.
    I would think that the lighter the camera the MORE susceptable it would be to camera shake as the lower mass would require less energy to accelerate it.

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    Re: Canon sx200 IS vs Panasonic dmc-fx550 - wide angle, good in low light

    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Southern View Post
    I would think that the lighter the camera the MORE susceptable it would be to camera shake as the lower mass would require less energy to accelerate it.
    Colin,

    For me this is not the case, I can generally hold the camera with one hand or in a moving vehicle and still get an in focus shot.

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    Re: Canon sx200 IS vs Panasonic dmc-fx550 - wide angle, good in low light

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowman View Post
    Tony,

    Do you and your wife photograph the same subjects?
    Hi
    Sorry I'm so late back on CIC
    'Yes' is answer to your question, we wander side-by-side!
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