Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Everything is falling. Now you can get a super-zoom camera for $340.
The Nikon Coolpix P100 seems quite advanced. What I like best is the tiltable screen. As my regular readers know, I always found that highly useful.
On the other hand... 26x zoom!? I guess it comes down to a magic number, twelve. For me, twelve is the sweet spot for megapixels, even for professional applications, you almost never need more. And I think 12x zoom is about the right amount for a super-zoom, above that and the compromises just stack up too high, in image quality, aperture, hand-holding ability.
Also, I never drink more than twelve drinks in one night, or have more than twelve girlfriends in one week.
Still, this looks like a fun camera, and it shoots ten pictures per second! Great for the kid's soccer game, like the long zoom is. And it seems quite capable video-wise too.
But you will do well to remember that even though this sort of looks like a DSLR camera (like the D60 or D3000), you will not get the same image quality as these slightly bigger cameras (with exchangeable lenses). The reason is the sensor in this type of camera is much, much smaller, to allow for the long zoom. The quality difference is especially noticeable in low light.