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Help choosing a Bridge Camera.
show user profile  FX
In short I've spent the best part of this week looking at all the Bridge cameras on the market.

The Canon SX60 is the perfect Bridge Camera for me except one area...Image quality.

I haven't been able to try one out yet, I've read so many conflicting reviews I don't know what decision to make.

Feature-wise this thing has the lot, I don't know If the image quality is down to user experience, bad settings / methods etc, or really is as bad as it looks in some reviews.

Noise can be fixed in post to some extent, but some of the darker images I've seen look awful.

Any advice form a seasoned photographer ?

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9/28/2015 5:34:04 PM (last edit: 9/28/2015 5:34:20 PM)
show user profile  FX
nm, I've lost patience and gone for a refurbished one, it''ll do, image quality is good enough despite the small sensor and it has most of the features of a £300 camera.

Good enough for reference shots, 2048 x 2048 textures, and to learn the basics about photography.

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9/28/2015 8:45:58 PM (last edit: 9/29/2015 2:27:46 AM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
It's like anything these days mate there are 1001 options to bamboozle consumers but it boils down to some simple stuff.. There are not many bad cameras out there tbh and its all about what you can do with it. Some of the greatest photographers used surprisingly modest kit. Obviously if you want to start shooting birds 1km away at 4 fps you have to be a bit more specific about your choices but that will come later..

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9/28/2015 10:45:34 PM (last edit: 9/28/2015 10:45:34 PM)
show user profile  FX
It's been driving me round the bend for days, I started last Monday, thought I'd buy a camera for basic reference and textures etc....

...I've been bouncing around reviews and spec sheets for over a week :P

edit: but yeah, it's the man behind the tool that matters.

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9/29/2015 2:24:41 AM (last edit: 9/29/2015 3:57:48 AM)
show user profile  FX
I grabbed a refurbished Fuji FinePix SL1000 (12 month Warranty)...there's one left : £139

All the standard features of a 1/2.3-inch CMOS bridge camera, I picked it for the 50x zoom, (perv central) RAW ability & 902k viewfinder & tilting monitor.

Of the 3 milllion reviews I read on bridge cameras they all were missing one feature or another:

Cannon SX60, waaay too much noise with low ISO settings.

Sony's HX400, HX300, no RAW (wtf) I gave up on all the new models, and went for a refurb.

..anyways, not the best out there (no manual focus) but good enough for a starter to learn the ropes.

...arrives thursday..can't wait.

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9/30/2015 12:59:50 AM (last edit: 9/30/2015 1:00:14 AM)
show user profile  FX
I'm still fumbling round the settings but the zooms pretty impressive, this is from 2.6 miles away, it's Castle Hill. about the only "feature" of this landfill town.

50x optical and 50x digital:

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10/3/2015 6:02:12 PM (last edit: 10/3/2015 6:02:12 PM)
show user profile  joelr
Oh i highly recommend you NOT using the digital zoom unless you really have to.
It just downgrade your image quality and its exactly the same as zooming afterwards in photoshop.


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10/3/2015 10:24:31 PM (last edit: 10/3/2015 10:24:31 PM)
show user profile  FX
I know but I had to use it to try it, it's ok for observation, I'm surprised there's so many disposable image features on this style of in "things you can do easily in post", maybe popular with the point and shoot market, but I'm sticking with manual mode.

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10/3/2015 10:49:00 PM (last edit: 10/3/2015 10:49:00 PM)
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