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Help me choose camera (confused)

by sitz58 / April 2, 2011 3:06 PM PDT

Plz help me to choose a "NON-SLR" camera...
I have gone through many reviews, now confused very much... So I am expecting help from you guys..
My requirement:
1)10+ MP (better if pixels are not crowded in same old sensor)
2)Optical zoom 14x+
3)Should have reasonably fast shutter speed
4)Should have atleast some manual control
5)HD video recording
6)Picture quality should be excellent
7)Should perform well at higher ISO (should perform equivalent to other cameras, should not be worse)
8)Price around $400- $500 (Its ok if it is little more than that)

Main requirement is picture quality, n should not be too slow...

I know there are no cameras matching my all requirements, plz tell me the cameras which fulfills most...

Thank you

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Super zoom cameras
by PistonCupChampion / April 2, 2011 9:56 PM PDT

The group test was from last year, so newer models have come out. However, the new models only add features; they do not produce better quality images. All super zooms start to compromise image quality at high ISO (above ISO 400). They are no worse that compact cameras, but definitely worse than SLR and other interchangeable lens cameras.
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Super zoom cameras
by sitz58 / April 4, 2011 2:03 PM PDT
In reply to: Super zoom cameras

Which one would u suggest?
Canon Powershot SX30 IS or Nikon Coolpix P500

Some reviews say Nikon coolpix P500 images are soft, not that sharp, any idea how soft it is, is it atleast as good as compact... Where can I get images taken with those cameras?

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Sample Image Comparison
by PistonCupChampion / April 4, 2011 2:26 PM PDT
In reply to: Super zoom cameras

You can use this tool to compare a few sample images from both cameras, and look at them side-by-side:

Keep in mind that you will more difficulty seeing softness, graininess, or other faults unless you view the images at full size. So if you never print beyond 8 x 10, or view photos sized to fit a 15-20" computer monitor, image faults are much less objectionable.

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by sitz58 / April 4, 2011 5:02 PM PDT

Oh thats a nice advise... I might not be requiring sharper image... I'm just anamateur hobbyist.... n thanx for that site... its really nice to compare the images.. I guess i ll give Nikon Coolpix P500 a try (the problem I felt with Canon Powershot SX30 IS is shot to shot delay is very long)...

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