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3-4 weeks of research comparing TZ60/HX60/SX700 and it seems SX700 was the wrong decision, sadly
on 11 August 2014
I've Just had this camera for 3 days, 500 photo's... and well, I'm just not impressed.
I have a Canon DSLR (70D) and love it, and thought I'd change my compact to Canon. I shied away from the SX280 because of battery problems..... and to be honest the SX700 is just appalling for battery life... 500 pictures, 8 minutes of video and I've used 3x full batteries....
I've had Sony HX5 (brilliant), HX20 (great, stolen from me), HX50 (Gave it back after 2 days, terrible picture quality)
I've also had the TZ40 x2 as I broke the screen on one, great little camera... and now I was looking for a longer zoom compact
Anyway I write this for all of those that have had the dilemma whether to go TZ60, HX60, or SX700 (or other).... I want to like the Canon, I really do, it's robust, zoom is great/quick and focus peak is very useful... fast autofocus... when it focuses that is
.... but the problems are battery, you can't take more than 8-12 mins of video (after taking 40-50 pics) and you get the red flashing battery warning). My Sony's and Panasonic's batteries are good for 300-400 shots and 20-30 mins of video easily before you get near any dead batteries
... and picture quality, great when it works, but you have to really work at it.... it does not focus at near range when zooming (like the Sony/Lumix's do well at), the Macro double beeps to focus, but it has not focused (1/4 times it might)...
So I'll give it a few more days, hope there's a firmware fix or some gem of wisdom, or I will be giving it back and getting the TZ60, despite the reports that the SX700 image quality is better.... it is NOT better than my TZ40, so the TZ60 can only be better than the TZ40.... I'm sad, because it is well made and solid....
I am an 'experienced enthusiast' and strive for the best settings and trial every possible tweak, so I don' believe I'm not getting the best this camera can give.... I do hope I can be proven wrong