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Old 10-04-2017, 11:55 AM
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It's an interesting area. I think the EVF view will be in real time - dependent on the refresh rate - but usually it is near enough live - same as the live view on the rear LCD panel of any camera from a smartphone to a dSLR, is it not? I think (I'm no expert here) that your view is blacked-out in order for it to switch the feed from the viewfinder to recording it?

Your nice new dSLR will certainly black-out your optical view through the viewfinder every time it takes a shot, as it has to flip up the mirror to take the shot and as soon as it does it cuts off the light going to the viewfinder.

I just checked what my dSLR does in live view mode (very much a real time view) - and it still blacks-out the display on the LCD screen while it is recording each exposure.

Video - that's surely giving you a live feed and recording at the same time?

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Yes I agree cap'n. It's the EVF that is the problem, though my son in law has a canon bridge and does not get the same problem. I think that you are correct and it's down to processing speed. By real time I meant using a simple optical viewfinder so no electrics to gum up the works. Certainly the DSLR mirror has to flip but it is so fast that I don't see it. Burst mode is a real joy compared to the Fuji...................BN
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Another option is the Nikon P900. Previously, I used a Canon DSLR for wildlife photography and a Panasonic Lumix with 20x zoom for when I was out fishing. I was persuaded to buy the P900 and it's a revelation for wildlife and general photography, such that I rarely use the Canon these days. It has an 83x zoom which gives incredible close ups of birds, etc. However, it's not a compact, so when out walking the riverbank after trout I still take the Panasonic and increasingly use the camera on my Galaxy S7, which is also first rate. If I'm in the mood for taking a rucksack then I will take the P900 along. I will also add that reading of the manual is essential to get the best out of it.
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Old 18-04-2017, 04:30 PM
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Another option is the Nikon P900. Previously, I used a Canon DSLR for wildlife photography and a Panasonic Lumix with 20x zoom for when I was out fishing. I was persuaded to buy the P900 and it's a revelation for wildlife and general photography, such that I rarely use the Canon these days. It has an 83x zoom which gives incredible close ups of birds, etc. However, it's not a compact, so when out walking the riverbank after trout I still take the Panasonic and increasingly use the camera on my Galaxy S7, which is also first rate. If I'm in the mood for taking a rucksack then I will take the P900 along. I will also add that reading of the manual is essential to get the best out of it.
I checked out the sample images on DP Reviews for your P900. Quite impressive IQ for such a massive superzoom - and not a particularly pricey bit of kit. If I was looking for a bridge, I'd certainly give it serious consideration... it would get me a closer shot of the peregrine's eyrie on the flour mill than my 100-400 plus 2x TC can.

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DC-TZ90 Superzoom Cameras - Panasonic UK & Ireland

I want one! (well I think I can convince myself I NEED one )
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Old 19-04-2017, 10:11 AM
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DC-TZ90 Superzoom Cameras - Panasonic UK & Ireland

I want one! (well I think I can convince myself I NEED one )
The only thing I would say about that advert is that it's a very poor selection of sample images. They are all silhouettes, night shots and high contrast images that could have been shot with any half-decent camera. I'd want to look at some larger examples with less contrast, more detail and 'better' lighting.

But, that is the sort of camera I'd be looking at for a 'take anywhere with you' type. My compact is very long in the tooth now - nearly 10 years old. However, as I don't think I took a single shot with it in 2016, it's hard to justify a replacement.

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Thing about superzooms is that they have to be a compromise. They are not going to give you f1.4, nor are they going to give you (true) 16 mm focal length. and when it comes to all that zoom power, it's all down to image quality. Are they going to match this sort of thing...

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Just down to what you demand, what you are prepared to shell-out for, and what you are prepared to carry with you...

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If you had mentioned that how much you wanna spend then the desired bridge camera list could be narrowed down. Anyway, this link may help you choose your bridge- https://gurucamera.com/best-bridge-cameras/
These are the top bridge cameras of 2017 with. Remember to choose one which is water resistant.
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Pointy shooty advanced compact is what I'm going for , all thanks to the Cap'n
But which one I don't know , all suggestions greatly accepted
Sony RX100 ... the original model is ~5 years old now and still outstanding. Zeiss glass, short but fast zoom lens, 20MP, RAW, excellent image quality. The new model (now Mark V) offers 4k video and a couple of additional things, but is still essentially the same large sensor and image quality ... but three times the price (c. 1k). Truly pocketable.

This is a serious camera and about as advanced a point and shoot as it's possible to get - you can use it in 'P' mode, or one of the scene modes, or you can use it fully manually.

The original model is still available new. At under 300 it's stunning value considering the capabilities of the camera and the image quality.

I've had this camera for 5 years and taken thousands of images on it, some being printed at 60-80 cm wide. It goes more or less everywhere with me - it's small enough.

Negatives ... it's s slippery little s*d. Buy a 'stick on' finger grip. Richard Franiec used to do a nice one but there's more choice and they're much cheaper now. Secondly, particularly when using the flash it eats the battery. Buy a spare.
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I checked out the sample images on DP Reviews for your P900. Quite impressive IQ for such a massive superzoom - and not a particularly pricey bit of kit. If I was looking for a bridge, I'd certainly give it serious consideration... it would get me a closer shot of the peregrine's eyrie on the flour mill than my 100-400 plus 2x TC can.

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Col ,I have the P900 and the IQ is very good stay within the optical zoom range and you get great quality at the full extent of optical range even hand held,after that you really would be better off with a tripod
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It all depends on how much you want to pay.
One thing I would recommend, get one thats rain resistant or at least get a cover for it.
I lost a cracking Panasonic bridging camera cos it got a little bit of rain on it.
"But, that is the sort of camera I'd be looking at for a 'take anywhere with you' type. My compact is very long in the tooth now - nearly 10 years old. However, as I don't think I took a single shot with it in 2016, it's hard to justify a replacement." I feel your pain; same deal. Newer camera's are far more 'advanced' but do you really care?

These are excellent; no need to spend to get 'bells and Whistles' you will find next to useless for normal use: Waterproof Digital Cameras - Tough | Olympus

That said they are a battery sucker so take the thing out if you're not using the camera. No settings appear to be lost; a good thing!

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