Great Little Camera
The Panasonic ZS30 is compact enough to carry easily, has an incredably long, compact Leica lens, more than enough low light capability for most people - unless you are a pixel peeping nerd or a pro who has to make a living off of his/her talent as a photographer, and it has more neat features that most people will ever use. Is it a DSLR? NO. Is it a darned good compact camera? Yes. Is it an excellent, full-featured, long lens travel camera? Absolutely, yes!
Touchscreen interface, built-in wi-fi connectivity and GPS
While last years' Lumix DMC-TZ30 / ZS25 model was more of a modest upgrade rather than a radical departure from what had gone before, 2013's DMC-TZ40 / ZS30 feels like a much more significant step forward for Panasonic's wildly popular travel-zoom range. The TZ40 is veritably stuffed to the gills with cutting-edge features, while the combination of a 20x zoom, effective stabilisation system and good image quality is hard to resist.
1080p video with zooming, stereo sound and continuous AF
Impressive, but so far so similar to much of the competition. Where the TZ40 / ZS30 really differs from its rivals though is the implementations of various technologies. Amazingly it remains the only pocket super-zoom of its peer group to employ a touchscreen which genuinely enhances control and selective focusing. Of the models with GPS, the TZ40 / ZS30 is the only one with a built-in landmark database and mapping facilities.
Impressive zoom for such a compact body
The Panasonic Lumix TZ40 arrives at the same retail price as the TZ30 at launch. When you consider the added functionality - namely the connectivity features - as well as the all-round improvements to the specification, you have to say that then TZ40 is an attractive proposition.
On the whole the additions to the feature-set are successful and welcome, while the more general improvements are also positive.
Good picture quality, Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40 has all the features needed to justify its travel zoom tag. It offers ample optical zoom, great for landscapes and distance objects, as well as built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, all in a pocketable body. It's a little on the expensive side, so some of the cheaper options may be more appealing, but the features and image quality certainly make it worth the money.
Solid build, 18 megapixel stills
Looking for one simple-to-use pocket camera with a creatively versatile zoom reach that will pretty much do it all? In offering a higher pixel count than its predecessor and newly adding Wi-Fi connectivity, the 18 megapixel, 20x optical zoom TZ40 is one of the more accomplished jack of all trades.
While in some ways its additions feel like a way of playing catch up with the rest of the 'travel zoom' market, the result is a snapshot camera that ends up a cut above.
Great Camera! Love the Wireless!
I've had a number of PowerShot cameras. Really impressed with the picture quality of the camera and the overall speed. Colors and picture quality are quite good and the low-light performance is superior. The previous review focuses nicely on the picture quality, so I wil stick with the human factors.
Manual control and adjustment are simple to master, so you won't need to rely on the automatic settings. My only concern with the camera is hat the wifi settings are difficult to set up.
Finger rail grip, Better than average noise control
The SX280 HS is a compact, well designed, sturdy, and easy to use point and shoot digital camera with a 20x zoom. Compared to its competition, the biggest difference would seem to be in the resolution arena with Canon sticking with a reasonable 12-megapixels, while Panasonic, Sony, and other OEMs seem determined to push the 20 megapixel envelope. Constantly crowding more pixels onto tiny point and shoot sensors results in noticeably higher noise levels.
Quicker GPS and better image quality
Despite our quibbles with the wi-fi implementation and lack of touch-screen control, the inclusion of DIGIC 6 has brought a number of significant improvements to Canon's 2013 travel-zoom model, making the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS a real contender to the market-leading Panasonic TZ series.
Slightly superior image quality to peer group, but not by much
In short the Lumix ZS30 / TZ40 is a better-featured camera that avoids much of the annoyances and limitations of the SX280 HS, but it's also more expensive; in some regions not by a great deal, but the gap can be greater in others. If you think the limitations of the SX280 HS would frustrate you, then I'd definitely recommend you spend the extra on the Panasonic ZS30 / TZ40. But equally there'll be those for whom they're non-issues or things they can happily workaround.
20x optical zoom, Wi-Fi and GPS
What we have here is an excellent and well performing compact camera that offers lots of flexibility both to beginner users and those looking for something a little more advanced.
It would also be a good camera for anybody looking to learn a little more about photography, since you could start on the fully automatic settings and work your way through the manual options.
GPS and Wi-Fi built in, Excellent image quality, Excellent colour
The Canon Powershot SX280 HS offers a lot of optical zoom in a compact camera body and has a number of features that the traveller will find appealing including both GPS and Wi-Fi. Image quality is very good with excellent colours and good levels of detail. The 14fps high speed shooting mode will also appeal, although it would be nice if it was available in all of the modes, and could have been used for an automatic HDR mode.
Best-in-class image quality for a 20x zoom compact
The SX280 HS doesn't add much compared to its year-old SX260 sibling. We would rather have seen the addition of a touchscreen LCD and broader, more accessible autofocus options added on instead of the Wi-Fi feature which, in its current state, is just a bit of a faff to use. It will come in for occasional use though, so better to have it than not.
Powerful 20x zoom, Sharp images in well-lit/daylight situations
When it comes to compact superzooms, Canon puts together a pretty impressive list of specs with the Powershot SX280. Cameras like this show the performance and features of advanced point-and-shoots continue to evolve and there's still a place for them amidst the rise of cell phone photography, but still come with some drawbacks. However, for a user looking for a new point-and-shoot with a super zoom lens, the SX280 makes a nice choice.
Full 1080p movie recording with stereo sound
£469 / $549 is undoubtedly a lot of money to pay for a compact camera with such a small image sensor, but if the image quality meets your requirements then the HS50EXR makes a compelling argument to be the only camera that you need. Super-zooms remain one of the few growth areas in the compact camera world, and its easy to see why when cameras as good as the Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR are being released. Highly recommended!
Good viewfinder, Pleasing handling, Impressive focus performance
There a lot to like about the HS50 EXR. Not only is it one of the best-specified superzoom bridge cameras on the market, but it also has the performance to match. It has an excellent viewfinder, lightning-quick focusing system and truly ergonomic design, and is only really let down by poor video quality and a few usability issues. Although it's far from the smallest and lightest superzoom bridge camera available, at its current price it's certainly one of the best on the market.
Good colour reproduction
The Fujifilm FinePix HS50 EXR updates the HS30/35 and offers a longer 42x optical zoom lens with manual zoom control, and is quite large compared to the previous model, with other cameras offering 50x optical zoom lens, such as the Fujifilm FinePix SL1000, and Canon Powershot SX50.
Decent image quality, raw capture option
We like the FinePix HS50EXR a lot: it's an accomplished superzoom that's put Fujifilm right back up there and in the mix and shown just what this brand can do. It can hold its head up side by side with the levels of its nearest competitors, it just ought to be a touch more cost effective by comparison.
Very fast focus, AF system
The HS50 EXR is one of the most fully-featured superzoom cameras currently available, with a superb focusing system, excellent viewfinder and ergonomic design to recommend it.
Despite sub-par video quality, images are detailed and relatively noise-free throughout the range and the ability to capture and process Raw files only furthers the standard achievable from the camera.
Higher-resolution screen, and improved video quality with stereo sound
In summary the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 is admittedly cheaper than the more expensive TZ40 model, but it does concede quite a lot of ground to achieve the more aggressive price-tag, and it doesn't offer that many upgrades over the previous TZ25 model. Therefore, while the DMC-TZ35 is certainly a very competent travel-zoom, it doesn't offer enough to convince us to save the extra outlay for its big brother, or more seriously for Panasonic one of its main rivals.
Broad 20x optical zoom covers every situation in slim body
The pricing and feature-set of TZ35 / ZS25 makes sense when compared to Panasonic's 2013 models and comes Recommended if you don't need the extras of the TZ40 / ZS30, but it's well worth keeping an eye on the price of last year's TZ30 / ZS20 while stocks last. At the time of writing, the TZ30 / ZS20 was discounted to a similar point as the new TZ35 / ZS25 in some regions, yet offered a touch-screen, GPS, 1080p video and faster continuous shooting in addition to the same 20x zoom range.
Excellent image quality, 20x zoom in a compact body
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 is an excellent choice for those looking for a very versatile travel camera. It has a very respectable 20x optical zoom lens packed into a very compact body, yet is capable of focusing at just 3cm for superb macro shots.
It could be improved if it had RAW shooting and a higher resolution screen.
An excellent alternative to a SLR
Camera handles well, has many features (many of which the average user may not use), images are superb. The supplied printed owner's manual is minimal. Printing a complete manual from the included DVD takes care of that problem, however. The menus are a little confusing, but when all else fails, read the manual. The quality of the images and the associated image stabilazation make this a terrific instrument. The video is easy to use as well.
Image quality is slightly better than on the previous SX260
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is essentially the same as the flagship SX280 HS model, but without that camera's GPS and wi-fi functionality. That's a shame, especially as there's only a small difference in the price of the two cameras, but overall the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is a well-specified travel-zoom that offers the joint-best image quality in its class.
Compact metal body, Good front and rear grip
How does this product compare with main market rivals? The Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR updates the F800EXR with a new sensor with built in phase detection focus, giving extremely quick focus and shutter reponse. The camera has built in Wi-Fi for easy transfer to smartphones, or alternatively backup to PC. With the Fujifilm EXR sensor you get the benefit of extended dynamic range, although at a reduced resolution of 8 megapixels, however we feel that the compromise is worth it.
20x optical zoom, raw file shooting ability
The F900EXR still isn't quite the champion of its kind, but through the series' progressive ironing-out of bugs and shortcomings we feel it's a whisker ahead of its F800EXR predecessor. In short: it's a decent compact with plenty of quirks - some good, some bad - that amounts to a generally decent snapper.
Build quality is good
At £334 the Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 is not a cheap compact camera. However, the 50x optical zoom is currently untouched and that's worth a premium. If you're a photographer of many disciplines, enjoying a variety of styles, then this is the camera for you. Likewise if you're wanting to learn about the art of photography, the extra features will help you get there such as the external flash and RAW recording.
Fast aperture, JPEG + raw shooting
Detail is the sword by which this camera lives and dies. On paper the Fuji SL1000 is brilliant - so much so you might even question why you'd need an DSLR, if you're considering this as a backup. Both still image and video quality are fantastic. The 50x zoom is supreme. And the ability to shoot in raw format gives you more control over your images. This is a camera with a lot of manual controls that a beginner can grow with as you gain confidence.
Feature packed, Large optical zoom lens
Fujifilm have been keen producers of compact cameras with large amounts of zoom at a low price for a while now, the downside is the image quality is not generally all that good. We are pleasantly surprised to find that you can take decent pictures with the SL1000, they even have impressive detail at 50x optical zoom.
50x zoom, Low price, Raw file recording
You'll save both space and an awful lot of money with the Fujifilm FinePix SL1000's 50x captive zoom lens. Image quality could be better, but with a fairly healthy selection of manual controls -- plus raw image shooting -- it's a good choice for the more ambitious novice looking to hone their skills on a budget.
Reproduction of details in distant objects is poor
We don't see any reason to recommend the FinePix SL1000. If someone gifts it to you, regret that you didn't get the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, which is a stellar performer that you can buy for the same price. The FinePix SL1000 absolutely isn't worth Rs 29,999 considering its dismal performance and frustrating-to-use interface. 50x optical zoom aside, you can get a much better performer (in terms of quality and UI) for half the price - for example, Fujifilm FinePix F660EXR and Canon PowerShot...
Powerful 50x optical zoom, Captures in RAW, Good low-light photos
The Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 absolutely blows you away with its powerful 50x optical zoom. While it is bulky, the build is very good. In addition to the pull-out LCD, there is also an EVF that is more useful during outdoor shoots. The overall image quality is good and the colours are faithfully captured. The option to shoot RAW gives it an advantage. However, the smaller image sensor produces some noise of its own, somewhat offsetting the advantages offered by RAW photo capture.
Pretty good camera
I have had this camera now for a few days. I have taken about 400+ photos. I own a variety of different cameras; but his is my first Fuji. I have taken inside, outside, low light, bright light, fast moving subjects, macro, landscapes, etc. and the pictures are beautiful. As I get use to this cameras menu and learn the options I am taking much better photos with it. The pictures even at the furthest end of the zoom are excellent! I would highly recommend this camera.
Excellent build quality
Superzooms are treated like overpowered point-and-shoots, the happy medium between pocket cameras and DSLRs in terms of price and target audience. But they don't make everybody happy. There are photo enthusiasts (not many, to be honest) who own a nice DSLR but would fork over the cash for a high-quality, all-in-one camera if they had the choice, rather than compromising for a glorified point-and-shoot with a big lens. Fujifilm thinks these folks are mostly nature photographers.
Intuitive user interface and excellent image quality
With the new X-S1, Fujifilm have produced the ultimate super-zoom bridge compact camera, with a long list of desirable features, intuitive user interface and excellent image quality. The only real drawback is the price-tag, which puts the X-S1 up against mid-range DSLRs and high-end compact system cameras as well as its main superzoom rivals.
Rock solid, rugged build
The Fuji X-S1 is an ideal purchase for the photography nut looking for one camera that can do it all, and prepared to compromise on having image quality not quite on a par with a semi-pro DSLR that one could buy for a similar outlay. As with any superzoom, it really is about whether you need that whopper of a lens on the front. If you do, then the Fuji X-S1 is presently about the best big zoom bridge camera that's out there.
Larger than average 2/3inch sensor
The Fuji X-S1 is intended as a premium grade superzoom bridge camera. Using the same 2/3inch sensor as the Fujifilm X10, the X-S1 is capable of producing class-leading image quality within the superzoom segment. Other highlights include the manually operated 26x optical zoom, a surprisingly usable EVF, and solid overall build quality. Overall, superzoom fans will find little to complain about here, aside from the rather high price tag.
Great build quality
At around £600, the X-S1 is going to be quite an investment for the average person, so is it worth the money? Its features make it an extremely ideal option for someone wanting more than they get from a compact camera, but aren't interested in carrying around a number of lenses. With its zoom range of 24 - 624mm (35mm equiv.) and manual controls, it is very much like having a DSLR camera with the kind of lens range that would normally involve carrying a bag full of heavy lenses.
Great electronic viewfinder
The X-S1's £700 price tag is a big ask, but the camera does come with big features. It's got a great viewfinder, is wonderful to use, produces best in class images* and has an excellent, stabilised lens. But it's not perfection: despite significant improvements compared to a standard superzoom, the autofocus system won't near that of a DSLR.
Stellar dynamic range
The Fuji X-S1 delivers an excellent performance. Without being perfect, this camera is a fantastic all-in-one powerhouse. Its 12 megapixels EXR BSI-CMOS sensor and superb mechanical lens with an extremely versatile ultra-wide to super-telephoto optical zoom, plus a full set of manual controls make it more capable and versatile than any current fixed-lens camera.
Impressive zoom range
With its impressive zoom range, fast F2.8 aperture at the wide end, manual controls and custom settings, the FinePix X-S1 may appeal to advanced users who are looking for a camera that shares the shooting versatility and control of a dSLR in a slightly smaller package.
Fine detail in shots
The Fujifilm X-S1 put in a first-class performance throughout our tests, in all shooting conditions. It's a great camera and a realistic, versatile alternative to a dSLR. Well thought-out controls and great build quality mean we can highly recommend it for ambitious or semi-pro photographers.
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