Best camera 2016 - Buying guide | 2 | Expert Reviews
Camera will have five basic choices:
- compact ultra-zoom,
- premium compact,
- compact system camera (CSC) and
- Digital SLR.
MEGAPIXELS - Ignore this specification!
APERTURE - More light, please
SENSOR SIZE - Lighting up
ZOOM - A big stretch
Compact ultra-zoom cameras have zoom ranges from 12x to 24x.
A compact ultra-zoom camera's lens retracts entirely into its body, making them easy to fit in a pocket.
Larger ultra-zoom models look more like digital SLRs, with a big, fixed, protruding lens, but these can have zoom ranges up to a massive 42x.
That extra zoom range is very useful for sports and wildlife photography.
Premium compacts are more concerned with wide apertures than big zooms, and so usually have modest zoom magnifications.
DSLRs and CSCs both have large sensors, and so this limits their zoom range.
Most such cameras will be supplied with a 'kit' lens, typically with just a 3x zoom.
Bigger zoom lenses can be bought, but cost around £500 for a 10x zoom.
Zoom ranges on compact cameras are often listed, as we have, in shorthand using multiplication factors;
while digital SLR cameras and CSCs list the zoom range in mm, referred to as the focal range.
The latter is usually normalised to the focal depth of a traditional 35mm stills camera, as these measurements make sense to photographers.
For example, 28mm is wide angle, which is good for landscapes; 35-50mm are good for all-round use; 70-90mm are best for portrait work; and beyond that you're into telephoto zoom territory for distant subjects.
For most cameras, you can find out the 35mm equivalent zoom range.
A long zoom for distant subjects is great, but we think this should be balanced by a wide angle at the short end of the lens.
For example, a 10x zoom with a 28-280mm range is more versatile than a 10x zoom with a 35-350mm zoom.
A typical 'kit' lens for a DSLR or CSC has an equivalent 28-90mm range.
CONTROLS - Controlling nature
Many CSCs, all DSLRs and the larger ultra-zoom cameras tend to have more physical controls.
Some people are put off by this, but there's no need to be.
These cameras still have fully automatic modes, so you don't need to understand every single control in order to use them.
Most larger ultra-zoom cameras also include an electronic viewfinder (EVF), and they are often a clip-on option for CSCs too.
SIZE - Pocket cam
...occasional users, actually prefer smaller, more convenient designs.
A compact ultra-zoom is the obvious choice if you want something you can slip into most pockets, as its zoom lens retracts.
The same goes for most of the premium compacts, though some have permanently fixed, if small, protruding lenses.
CSCs - Compact marvels
The lenses are smaller than SLRs' lenses, but CSC zoom lenses are still too big to make these cameras pocket sized.
DIMENSIONS - Size matters
...if an enormous zoom isn't necessary, then go for an SLR or CSC with a 3x zoom kit lens.
CSCs look more stylish (if that sort of things bothers you) and are generally a lot less imposing, some subjects will be less intimidated by such a camera than a big, black digital SLR.
After all that is said, SLRs still come top for image quality.
...the available ranges of compatible lenses are vast, for both Nikon and Canon models, plus there are third-party lens manufacturers.
If you plan on expanding your camera's capabilities with different lenses over time, then a digital SLR will be far, far cheaper in the long term.
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But there are two important differences to be aware of.
The first is that bridge cameras have much smaller sensors than DSLRs or mirrorless cameras, so they can't match them for picture quality.
The second is that the lens is non-removable, so although it can handle a wide range of subjects, you can't swap to
- a macro lens for close-ups, for example, or
- super-wideangle lens or
- a fast prime lens for low light photography.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72( Jessops - £ 196.00 incl. delivery)
Lumix is Panasonic's brand of digital cameras, ranging from pocket point-and-shoot models to digital SLRs.
Many Lumix models are fitted with Leica lenses (German).
Panasonic produces most of Leica's branded digital point and shoot cameras in Japan.
Some cameras are available in a choice of colour, indicated by a suffix letter: K is black, S silver, A blue, R red, W white.
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With bridge cameras you do get a lot of camera for your money, and they're a great stepping stone for photographers who want to move on from simple point-and-shoot cameras.
There are also a few now which have larger sensors and better picture quality and do get a lot closer to the performance of a DSLR.
Bridge cameras with their large lenses really come into their own for wildlife and panoramic shots, as well as sports games on large fields.
Long lenses are also great for travel shots too.
But for most day to day photos the majority of images are taken within the focal range provided by an average 10x zoom lens included on a compact point and click camera.
For most camera owners a viewfinder is a mandatory item, especially for older owners who don’t have the same close range vision as younger photographers.
This is a great benefit of bridge cameras, one of the few cameras types where a viewfinder is still included on most models.
A viewfinder makes taking photos in sunny bright conditions simple without wearing reading glasses.
Bridge cameras can be broken down into the following types:
Bridge cameras: large range of zoom options, SLR styling – ‘multi use’ cameras
Travel or Superzoom cameras: the size of a compact with almost all of the zoom range of a bridge camera
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- Panasonic Lumix TZ70 - 30x optical zoom, 12-megapixel sensor, 1.16 million dot electronic viewfinder - £ 244.99
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 - Best Features: 60x zoom / Raw format shooting, What we don’t like: No Wi-Fi or touch sensitivity / Small, low resolution EVF - £229.98/£199.00
- Panasonic TZ80 - Best superzoom compact cameras 2016: 30x optical zoom, a small inbuilt viewfinder.
The update to the TZ70, but actually not quite as good- £314.99
- Panasonic Lumix LX100 - Best High-end Digital Compact Cameras - For camera enthusiasts who love a manual experience, this is a gadget that’s difficult to top.
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 - best bridge cameras 2016. It’s the first bridge camera to offer 4K video capture, and you get much greater zoom, Very fast bridge camera, A 1-inch sensor gives this bridge camera the edge over most models.
First of all, and perhaps most importantly, is a one-inch type sensor offering 20.1 million pixels. -£579.00
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 (Bridge Camera) - F/2.8 lens is a technical triumph that will make a real difference to your photography - hand-holding a camera at 600mm and getting sharp results and blurred backgrounds has never been so easy...
- Panasonic TZ57 - include inbuilt Wi-Fi, a great price, a smart travel compact, no possibility to shoot in raw format, and there’s no viewfinder!(Best superzoom compact cameras 2016)
- Panasonic Lumix TZ100 Review (compare)
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Best Mid-range Digital Compact Cameras: - Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1
Best High-end Digital Compact Cameras: - Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 - £500
Best Compact System Cameras: - Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7,
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1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 - 1-inch sensor, Large maximum aperture, Screen not touch-sensitive, Comparatively large. The FZ1000 combines a bridge camera zoom with a big 1-inch sensor - £579.00
6. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 - 60x zoom, Raw format shooting, No Wi-Fi or touch sensitivity Small, low resolution EVF - £199.00
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Panasonic Lumix FZ100 - £444.44
Panasonic LX100- A compact masterpiece, with a big sensor, classic controls and a viewfinder. - £500
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If you are looking for a cheaper option I highly recommend looking at the Panasonic FZ45 (FZ40) that has many of the features of the FZ100, including the 24x zoom, yet is about £100 cheaper. (£250.00)
Panasonic TZ100 Panasonic's premium travel camera has a larger sensor than the rest of the range - - £549.00
Best compact travel camera 2016
Panasonic TZ70/ZS50 - Panasonic practically invented the travel camera and this is its best yet- £239.99
Panasonic FZ330 - 24x optical zoom lens from Leica - £439
Panasonic FZ200, which is the first – and at the time of writing, the only – bridge camera with a constant maximum aperture of f/2.8, which is over two stops brighter than many competitors.
Panasonic LX100 review - A tour de force, the best compact!
Canon G7 X Mark II is on course for being my favourite camera of 2016 - £487.99.
Those on a tight budget should check out the Canon G9 X, which costs around £360.
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