Sony HX200V Review

Photography blog have reviewed the new Sony superzoom / bridge camera the Sony HX200V which has an unbelievable X30 optical zoom (27-810mm equivalent), and a 18Mp 1 2/3″ CMOS sensor.

This camera is intended to take on the probably market leader, the Panasonic FZ150.Now I have tested the Sony HX100V last year and was mighty impressed with it, so does the HX200V continue in the same vein. Well here’s photography blog’s conclusion:

From photography Blog:
“Undoubtedly the biggest recommendation we have with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V is that, by daylight, we were able to achieve sharp results shooting handheld with it with greater consistency than we have been able to achieve with pretty much any super zoom camera to date. The hand-held twilight mode selectable from within the scene modes also comes in very useful by night. Simply put, if you line up a trick-sy shot there is more chance of you actually pulling it off with this Sony, which many would agree is worth the admission price alone.

Nikon D800 (A medium format alternative?)

The Nikon D700 was a fantastic camera and even with me being a Canon DSLR owner I had to admit to a healthy respect for the D700. Well Nikon’s update is a truly potential ground breaking camera because the Nikon D800 offers a hardly believeable 36Mp full frame sensor which potentially puts it on a collision course with hugely expensive medium format cameras. The spec’s of the Nikon D800 are a studio photographers dream.

Dpreview conducted one of their very extensive tests and came up with an impressive conclusion.

“The D800 combines swift operation and well-designed controls with outstanding image quality that is particularly impressive at high ISO settings. Expanded video capabilities hold appeal those who need to produce both stills and video while on assignment. The camera’s 36MP sensor allows for class-leading resolution in a 35mm format camera…if you’re prepared to hold your technique and equipment to the highest standards”.

Even I can appreciate the Nikon D800 opens up new avenues for both loyal Nikon owners as well as new full frame wannabes.

Canon Powershot SX240 /260HS Compact Travel Zoom (The new king?)

Its no secret that the Panasonic TZ range of compact travel zooms have lead the way for some time. I tested a Panasonic TZ30 the other month and concluded it was probably still the best in class. Well Canon’s latest offering the SX240 HS and SX260HS travel compacts may just be about to change that.

Two full tests by Dpreview and photography blog have both suggetsed that the new SX models may just edge the Panasonic TZ range.

A comment from Dpreview:

“All things considered, the PowerShot SX260 HS is a solid choice for those looking for a travel zoom camera. It’s not particularly fast (especially in the AF department), nor is it loaded with bells and whistles like landmark databases. The bottom line is that the SX260 gets the job done in nearly all situations, and produces photos of higher quality than competitive models”.

Am hoping to test a SX240/260 HS in the near future and look forward to the the result. One thing is for sure if your in the market for a pocketable travel compact zoom there’s a couple of excellent models to choose from.

Various Internet Reviews of the Canon EOS 5D Mk 3

Increasingly the Canon EOS 5D Mk3 is being reviewed on various sites.

This latest full frame addition to the hugely significant 5D family has certainly caused debate of late and it faces some very stiff competion from the Nikon D800s. Both Dpreview and photography blog have posted reviews. As a Canon EOS 7D owner myself I was curious to see if the much touted full frame superiority over APS-C cameras is real. From both reviews I have read it certainly seems so:  Photography blog’s conclusions regarding the Canon 5D3:

“The Canon EOS 5D Mark III builds on the success of its popular predecessor with a series of improvements that add up to a much better all-round camera for stills and video alike.While the 22 megapixel sensor doesn’t sound like a big improvement on the 5D Mark II’s 21 megapixels, in conjunction with the Digic 5+ processor it results in seriously impressive low-light performance, with an almost noise-free range of ISO 50-6400 and perfectly usable 12800 and 25600 settings”.

Very impressive stuff. Dpreview has an even more extensive review / test check it out.

Panasonic FZ150 Superzoom Review

Recently Dpreview published a full review of Panasonic’s FZ150 and pretty positive it was. As someone who has tested several FZ models I have always been impressed by the various models, amongst the conclusions reached by Dpreview:

Really useful 25-600mm (equivalent) lens range

Very good JPEG image quality, with provision for shooting in Raw mode

Lens impressively sharp with generally good sharpness at all focal lengths

Effective image stabilization

Good high ISO capability for its class (and much better than FZ100)

Excellent video specification and good, detailed results

Effective built-in mic (although stereo separation could be better) and provision for external mic

Although the FZ150 faces stiff competition from the new generation of megazoom compacts announced this year, it is still one of the best cameras of its type on the market. It combines an expansive feature set, great performance, and enough still and video options (and quality) to keep enthusiast photographers and casual videographers happy.

The FZ150 is a solid and capable superzoom camera that boasts impressive image quality considering it’s 24X optical zoom range. Sharpness is high, aberrations are well-controlled, and its capable optical image stabilization system makes working at its extreme effective focal lengths relatively pain-free

As you can see the Panasonic FZ150 probably holds onto the “Superzoom Crown” and at its current price its a bit of a bargin.