Camera advice

  alB 13:49 07 Mar 2012
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I've decided it's time to upgrade from my Canon A570 compact and I want to move up to a "bridge" camera, I've narrowed my choices down to two, the Canon Powershot SX40 and the Panasonic Lumix FZ150, both are very similar in price and specification, the biggest differences I can see are the Canon has a better zoom, the Panasonic has a bigger screen and a few more built in effects etc, online reviews seem to be pretty much even for both, any thoughts or help will be greatly appreciated ...alB

  wee eddie 15:06 07 Mar 2012

I have no idea of the advantages of either of these cameras but, if you are going to take your photography seriously, go for the camera that delivers the best picture.

If you wish to fiddle with that picture then do it on your PC, when you get home, using dedicated Software,

Swiss Army Knives can do almost everything, almost, as well as the real tool for the job.

  caccy 16:49 07 Mar 2012

My wife has a Canon A70 and also a Canon EOS500D. The facilities on both are are so similar that if you are familiar with one then you will be with the other one.

  daz60 20:58 07 Mar 2012

Visit this site both cameras are tested.

I visited this site for a comprehensive review of the NEX 5N i intend to buy.

Then visit a local dealer to get a feel of both cameras.

  john bunyan 21:51 07 Mar 2012

alB If you domt mind I shall watch and wait your replies as I am considering exactly the same two! With a bit of luck, hssutton will comment!!

  john bunyan 21:54 07 Mar 2012

PS just noticed the Canon does not have a RAW option, will check on the Lumix

  john bunyan 21:57 07 Mar 2012

As the Lumix does have the RAW mode, I incline towards it as I have Photoshop CS5 and believe RAW has advantages.

  alB 17:14 08 Mar 2012

Thanks for all the comments, I've been and had a look at both today at Currys and I have to say they are both very nice cameras, the Canon feels the better of the two for holding but the small screen lets it down and it feels slightly heavier than the Panasonic. I'm going to go and have a chat at Jessops over the weekend and get their opinion of both. I do most of my editing using Photoshop so that's another consideration, also the point alan14 has made about low light situations is one I need to ask about, will report back as soon as ...alB

  rickf 14:58 10 Mar 2012

Have a lumix g2, very pleased with it so far.

  muddypaws 15:54 10 Mar 2012

alB One small point ( and I'm sure it wont apply to the cameras you are considering) make sure the noise of the zoom motor doesn't come out on the videos. I bought a Fuji S1600 bridge and videos are ruined if you zoom.

  alB 11:47 21 Mar 2012

Apologies for taking so long to respond back, I've talked over both cameras with the guy in Jessops and while he wasn't too enthusiastic about either model he did seem to think that overall the Panasonic is the better of the two, I'm still undecided which one to go for, there's a really good camera shop in Colwyn Bay that I use so that's my next port of call in the next couple of weeks, again I will post back with the outcome, thanks again all for the comments ...alB

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