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In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2013 17:06:22 BDT
Bob Smith says:
I was the same as you looking for a decent point and shoot with a viewfinder. I thought that the X10 had a zoom which was not quite big enough but the guy at Jessops pointed out that the X10 has an Intelligent Digital Zoom feature which doubles the Zoom with very little loss of quality as many digital zooms do. I bought it and found this to be true the digital zoom is a little tricky at first to find but set the custom button and it becomes easy. I have taken several shots to compare the quality and honestly cant find any difference until I blow up the image to stupid proportions. I think the X20 has the same feature also. The Nikon D90 is back in the box and I take the X10 everywhere.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2013 17:13:36 BDT
Williams says:
Yes, many cameras have this kind of digital zoom/cropping nowadays. As well as my X20, my SonyA57 and SamsungNX1000 have it. It does impact on the image quality somewhat but, as you mention, only when the image if further magnified. It can limit the amount you can crop a picture in post and still keep the image acceptable when magnified or printed large, but generally it is a very useful feature.

Posted on 10 Aug 2013 16:04:44 BDT
Joe Bloggs says:
The new Sony pocket sized compact DSCH50 has a x30 zoom an an optional electronic viewfinder which can be attached to the hotshoe. The is also the option of fitting a viewfinder to the LCD screen to any camera .this can be attached via a frame and the magnetised viewfinder can be quickly removed when not being used

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Aug 2013 20:22:11 BDT
Williams says:
Add the Sony EV1MK evf to the HX50 and the price jumps to nearly £700. That will buy you a lot of camera, such as a Sony NEX6, or a NEX3 or Panasonic G3 with a small selection of lenses.

Does it make sense to pay more for a viewfinder than for the camera? Not to me.

Posted on 20 Jan 2014 18:52:09 GMT
Only Me says:
The new Panasonic TZ60 seems to be just what I've been waiting for, only problem is it's £400 at the moment. It has a viewfinder, 30 x optical zoom and it's nice and compact:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60EB-K Compact Digital Camera - Black (18.1MP, 30x Optical Zoom, High Sensitivity MOS Sensor) 3 inch LCD (New for 2014)

Posted on 21 Jan 2014 15:21:58 GMT
Zelazowa says:
Looks like it could be...

Posted on 21 Jan 2014 23:55:48 GMT
it's a massive zoom range and very densely populated sensor........

Posted on 22 Jan 2014 17:28:26 GMT
Zelazowa says:
Interesting point Dr G. The sensor on this camera is probably only slightly larger than the average smartphone sensor? Add to that the hit and myth of megapixels...

Posted on 23 Jan 2014 09:10:57 GMT
Hit and myth hoho :-)

Posted on 23 Jan 2014 20:09:52 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Jan 2014 20:12:53 GMT
T.J.Byford says:
This is expensive for a compact, but its price won't be reflected in the best of image quality that you will find in other compact cameras around the same price, but don't have a superzoom. The downside to the majority of superzooms is the small sensor that inevitably is necessary to keep the size of the whole package down to manageable proportions.

What you are paying for here is the 30x zoom, and which on paper is very impressive for such a small body. The electronic viewfinder, EVF, unfortunately has very low resolution and having experienced similar low res EVF's in the past, it is barely adequate. It is too coarse to accurately focus manually with, and consequently you will have to rely 100% on the camera's AF capabilities as you won't be able to tell if it has hit the focus point or not.

I'm not anti-Panasonic, quite the contrary in fact, still owning their last proper dslr, the LC10 from 2005/6, the LX3 from 2009, and the current FZ200. On the way to the FZ200 I had the FZ7, FZ8 and FZ38.

If the physical size of the camera wasn't an issue, I know you are looking for a travel camera that of itself denotes a small form factor, but at less than the price of the TZ60 a much better bet would be the FZ200, which is a bridge camera, but this boasts a superb 24x zoom at a constant f2.8 aperture, and will be far more versatile and its EVF has roughly 6x the resolution of the one on the TZ. It's downside for you is likely to be its physical bulk. It isn't that heavy, buy you certainly won't fit it in a shirt or jacket pocket.

Given the projected price of the TZ60 I'd certainly wait until you can read up on some reviews before jumping in and getting it, as it is expensive. Also, if possible, see if you can get a "hands on" to get a feel for how it handles.

I know many of us reading this forum would trade the zoom for a much higher IQ than this model is likely to be capable of. But it's not out yet, so I may be made to eat my words. :-)

Posted on 24 Jan 2014 00:06:35 GMT
I think these are wise words from TJ - wait for reviews. How did the TZ40 perform?
I would be worried it was a Jack of all trades camera - i.e. master of none. Does anyone really need a 720mm lens on a compact? I'd rather have fewer pics of greater quality myself. How ever did we manage with prime lenses on film compacts?
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