Compact superzoom cameras are getting more advanced these days, and gaining the features of their bigger, 'bridge' camera cousins. So here is my rundown of the compact superzoom TZ10/ZS7 and the 'bridge' superzoom camera FZ35/FZ38. Hope it helps someone make a decision between these two
, more compact, able to fit in a large pocket
25-300mm (slightly wider wide-angle image but shorter 12x zoom
Shorter battery life (what if with GPS turned off?)
Bigger 3" LCD with 470k pixels
, location info embedded in EXIF
, need to be carried in a special pouch, and requires a lens cap (and maybe filter as protection? - highly subjective)
27-486mm (longer 18x zoom
Longer battery life
Smaller 2.7" LCD with 230k pixels
Similarities to note:
1. Sensor size is the same, so essentially there'll be no significant difference in image quality.
2. Both has HD video recording.
3. Both has full manual controls over exposure, aperture.
My conclusion is that the main factors in deciding between both cameras is the size
compression, and zoom range
I'm finding a hard time deciding between a true compact superzoom TZ series and the bigger superzoom FZ series. I've been waiting for the GPS feature in cameras for a while now, and I like that it is small enough to be carried around without a pouch. On the other hand, I'm not sure if I'll miss RAW compression (never really used it, but I'm just starting to get into digital photo-editing) and the extra zoom is certainly a bonus. Looks like for now I'm sticking with the FZ series only because I don't like compact cameras (used to bigger cameras
Anyone else has any comment or question, or if I had any info wrong just post a reply