Panasonic is 'doing a Canon' here, and manages to spew out a flagship that ranks a bit lower than its predecessor, the FZ150. How on earth did they accomplish that? The sensor size is unchanged, and according to their marketing blurb the new one is better than the old, in every possible way:
"With an Overall DxOMark Sensor Score of 37 for the Lumix DMC-FZ200, compared to 40 for its predecessor the FZ150, this latest Panasonic Bridge camera maintains the good image quality of the DMC-FZ line. Despite the slightly lower score than its predecessor a difference of only 3 points equates to less than -1/3 of a Stop overall and in real world terms there’s no difference. The FZ200 also boasts some impressive specifications, the most notable of which is the fixed f/2.8 maximum aperture. If you’re after a compact style camera for sports and wildlife photography this is significant as it enables you to use lower ISO settings for better quality images when fully zoomed in. . . . read more
This is the follow-up to Ron's RX100 review from a week ago:
"I like the RX100 and feel like it makes great images. If you do a comparison of the RAW images you’ll quickly find that it has great RAW images that are hampered by fairly poor in-camera processing compared to the other cameras I’ve tested. At low ISO’s it’s not an issue and they are quite good, but as the ISO’s climb the poor in-camera noise reduction really hurts. As a result, my “always keep your raw images” applies more for this camera than any of the others I’ve tested.
This review has all the hallmarks of a DC Resource Page review: There's Mickey, the night shot of the
Frisco San Francisco Skyline, Melinda's Amarillo hot stuff, and Jeff's red eyes, its all there, wrapped in the hi-tech environment of DPReview:
"For photographers who just can't get enough telephoto power, there's the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS HS. This camera packs a whopping 50X, 24 - 1200mm lens, which is more than you'll find on any other super zoom on the market (at least for now). While having all that telephoto power sounds appealing, keep in mind that you'll need to either use a . . . read more
"Our photo tests gave much less cause for concern. Canon cameras rarely falter when it comes to automatic exposures and colour processing, and with the help of the relatively large sensor and bright lens, it delivered excellent results throughout our tests. However, while brightly lit shots were a cut above cheaper compact cameras' output, they didn't quite have the clarity in fine textures as CSCs and SLRs that use significantly larger sensors. . . . read more
"If you're looking for a balance of size, image quality (even in low light) and direct control, we'd recommend taking a long hard look at the Sony Cyber-shot RX100, the Olympus Stylus XZ-2 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7. The Sony RX100's 20MP sensor gives it an advantage when it comes to resolution and the size of the sensor keeps it competitive in low light. There are some compromises to be made in terms of size and lens range but these models offer a compelling degree of versatility, especially if this will be your only camera. . . . read more
"With the PowerShot SX50 HS Canon clearly had one aim in sight - to outdo every other super-zoom manufacturer in the market with a longer zoom range. It has succeeded and then some. To put it in context the SX50 HS's 24-1200mm equivalent range gives it more scope in terms of available focal lengths than most DSLR owners have in their bulky and heavy camera bags. There's virtually no situation it doesn't equip you for.
The addition of RAW shooting is a smart, if belated move, Canon having finally woken up to the fact that its absence . . . read more
"As the flagship Canon ultra-zoom, the Canon Powershot SX50 HS sports the longest optical zoom ever built into a digital camera. With an equivalent focal-range of 24 to 1200mm, the SX50 HS is king of zooms. Even with this 50X zoom ratio, the SX50 HS is not the biggest ultra-zoom. To make this lens so compact, Canon had to limit the maximum aperture to F/3.4 at the wide-end and F/6.5 at the long-end. This makes a tripod more necessary than with any other ultra-zoom. Compare the SX50 with other flagship ultra-zooms here. . . . read more
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 3.12.52 Updater:
- Supports images taken with EOS 6D.
- Supports new lens (EF24-70mm F4L IS USM).
- Supports read-in of Picture Style files (.pf3) created in Picture Style Editor 1.12.2 and later.
- Corrects shooting date error in other manufacturer`s image files when sent to Easy-PhotoPrintEX from Digital Photo Professional via plug-in print.
Changes in Canon RAW Codec 1.11.0: . . . read more
Nphoto is a Chinese site, so maybe Google transgarbler didn't get it right this one time. It is a well laid out review with many side-by-side images and for any owner of the G12 pondering on upgrading to the latest, and maybe bestest Powershot:
"G15 greatest characteristic is in terms of the wide-angle end, or the telephoto end has a larger aperture can be used, for shooting indoor, night scene with low light conditions are quite favorable, especially shooting restaurant food photos, as long as the sensitivity slightly improve some will be able to significantly improve the success rate of the shooting. G12 with G15 . . . read more
"A lot has changed since the Canon G12 was first debuted, and it's a shame that more excitement couldn't have been allocated to the Canon G15. For instance, a touchscreen, GPS and Wi-Fi would have been a welcome addition. Instead, it feels a little as if the G series has stagnated a little. Since the sensor inside the much smaller Canon S110 is exactly the same as in the Canon G15, but it does include some of those exciting optional extras, it'll be interesting to see how many consumers decide to opt for the much bulkier Canon G15." . . . read more
"The G12 has been sitting at the top of our best serious compact cameras article for some time now and we were expecting great things from the G15 and we certainly aren't disappointed. It's scored almost exactly the same, just missing out on value for money as it is more expensive than the G12 was at the time of review, although the price is bound to drop before too long. So if your budget can stretch this far you'll be extremely happy with your purchase. . . . read more
"In this short article, we've selected five of what we think are the best zoom compacts on the market right now, spanning the market from point-and-shoots to Raw-capturing high-end cameras. By 'zoom compact camera', we mean cameras with non-interchangeable zoom lenses, regardless of size. Of our top 5 selection we've summarized their major strengths, with links to previously-published content, including samples galleries. Here are the cameras we've selected (in alphabetical order). You can click to go directly to the camera you want to read about or just start at the top:" . . . read more
"The loss of articulated screen will annoy some people but it's not all bad as it means you get a slimmer camera with a larger screen. The G15 feels indeed more pocketable and compact than its predecessor but there's no doubt that a swivel screen offers more flexibility when shooting from high or low angles.
Overall, despite the removal of the ISO dial the G15, like its predecessor, offers one of the most extensive sets of . . . read more
"The trouble is, in many places it's similarly undercut by the Samsung EX2F, and that's where the real competition lies. It has a fractionally higher resolution on the same size sensor, but improves on the maximum aperture (it's f/1.4 on the EX2F) and has both a fold-out screen and built-in Wi-Fi, all of which greatly enhances its appeal.
The G15 is a good, solid camera, but not the best you can buy. Over time, though, as its price inevitably falls, the proverbial . . . read more
"With so many advanced compact cameras now available, the Canon PowerShot G15 may not hold the lofty position among enthusiast photographers that its predecessors did. That is not to say it isn't an excellent compact camera, though, as it is certainly equal to, if not better than the competition. The new 12.1-million-pixel CMOS sensor performs well, and the camera's build and handling are as good as ever. However, the decision to remove the articulated mechanism on the screen is an odd one, despite the few millimetres it saves. . . . read more