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Old 11-09-2013, 04:43 PM   #71
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The Nikon P520 arrived today and so far I am more than pleased with it - can't believe they can sell these things for the price they do. Here is the very first picture I shot with it - thru the window glass, so far from optimum.
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Old 11-09-2013, 08:46 PM   #72
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It's only a guess, but I'm sure that even moderately priced cameras are better than the cameras in phones (in part due to the total lack of optical zoom in phones), and that the sort of hardware we have been discussing is vastly superior. On the other hand, the phones are good enough for most people, most of the time, so another round of consumer camera manufacturers failing seems inevitable.
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Old 11-09-2013, 09:09 PM   #73
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And, nobody looks at the pictures anyway..
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And, nobody looks at the pictures anyway..
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An old saying goes, "the best camera is the one you have with you."
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:26 AM   #76
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Another quick test of the P520 this morning. Cedar Waxwings are migrating thru, and I shot them hand held with the 42x - the birds were about 80 feet away. I wanted to see how well the image stabilization worked at full telephoto.
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:43 AM   #77
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For anyone considering a superzoom, here is a series of 4 pictures, hand held all from the same location and in the same direction. They show the range of the Nikon P520 from wide angle to full optical zoom. The light was very diffuse, not a good photo day by any means.

It is along the Mississippi as Tundra Swans are migrating through. (For some reason the last one is uploading as lower res than the other 3 even though I exported them all the same )
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Old 11-19-2013, 03:49 PM   #78
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The EXIF information tagged in the image files for the above includes:
  • DSCN0049: 4.30 mm (like 24 mm in a 35 mm camera) 640x480 resolution
  • DSCN0050: 17.80 (like 100 mm in a 35 mm camera) 640x480 resolution
  • DSCN0051: 71.30 (like 400 mm in a 35 mm camera) 640x480 resolution
The last photo (DSCN0052) is 639x479 resolution, and contains no EXIF information, suggesting that is not directly from the camera, and that camera-supplied information has been lost in an editing step. The JPEG compression is also greater (quality 75 instead of quality 100), so it has been changed in some software, although that software kept the original timestamp. I was hoping that the EXIF information would supply the camera's focal length and other data to explain the difference with this image, but no such luck.

42 times 4.30 mm would be 180 mm, or about the same field of view as a traditional 35 mm film camera (or "full frame" digital equivalent) with a 1000 mm lens. Indeed, that's what the Cedar Waxwing photo's EXIF data shows. This would be a great capability to have in an all-in-one camera, and the swan photo sequence illustrates that well.
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They were all exported out of iPhoto with the same settings - strange that the last one came out as lower JPEG quality. ISO of the first 3 is 80, last one is 400, but not sure why that would reset the JPEG quality, unless that high an ISO won't allow the same JPEG compression quality? When I look at them exported and as I uploaded them they all show their EXIF data, must have been stripped in the upload.

Shutter speeds are all 1/250 or 1/500. f/3 on #1, f/4.1 on #2, f/4.8 on #3 and f/5.9 on #4
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I have received my Canon SX50 HS.

We are leaving for Hawaii to try it out! I am feeling a bit reluctant about leaving the 7D (plus two of my lenses) at home, though I will not miss the bulk of them. As we are staying a night on the USS Missouri (12/6) and have been told space is limited, I will leave the large stuff at home. I would rather have had a chance to test it first, or bring both.

Barely got it in time for the trip. Last night I got the battery charged up and took a few preliminary shots. Pretty impressive, but not a DSLR. It looks like noise will be an issue in low light, but the Topaz plug in for photoshop can clean that up pretty well. The wide end of the lens should be pretty nice for interior shots.

More when we return.
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