Archive for the ‘ultra zoom cameras’ Category
__SPACER__ The massive 18x built in zoom lens on the DMC-FZ18 means that it has only 2 rivals: Olympus SP-560 UZ, Fujifilm Finepix S8000fd.<p /><p />The problem is that you can barely put a cigarette paper between the features on these three cameras. Since they are all new, one may end up being an obvious winner, but for the moment, it looks like a toss up.
__SPACER__ There are three contenders for the non-slr super zoom crown: this, the Panasonic DMC FZ18 and the Olympus 560 UZ.<p /><p />Its difficult to separate these cameras on what they promise feature wise, the differences are minor, the Fujifilm seems to have no RAW support, for example. Ultimately it will be down to what people start saying about them, when they get their hands on them.
__SPACER__ The predecessor to the 560UZ, which was announced in Aug 2007 had the same unblievable 18x Optical zoom but some technical glitches.<p /><p />Its $500, but if it truly does sort out the minor problems of the 550 then this is the puppy you want if you need the maximum zoom without going to an SLR.
__SPACER__ At about the same $400 price range as the S5 IS, the TX-1 offers many of the same features such as face recognition, but in a compact form the size of the classic Digital Elph.<p /><p />Cons: The feature set isn't as impressive as some of the bulkier alternatives, but then again those cameras don't quite offer what an SLR does, if you don't care about size.