What are the pros and cons of these two cameras?

and which do thing is the best one (presuming price is the same).

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-LZ30E-K-Bridge-Camera/dp/B00B1N4TS4/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1366674136&sr=8-16&keywords=digital+camera+panasonic+35x

and

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5599279.htm
in particular, is is normally better to have extra megapixels as in the song one, or the extra optical zoom which the panasonic one has?

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5 Responses to “What are the pros and cons of these two cameras?”

  1. Martin says:

    As far as the zoom goes, the Sony one is 22.3mm to 580mm equivalent in 35mm terms and the Panasonic is a 25mm to 875mm equivalent in the same terms. Anything much over 600mm is going to require a tripod or an extremely bright day and a steady hand if you are going to handhold anyway.

    The difference between 22.3mm and 25mm at the wide end is more significant than you might think. Getting more into the frame when you can’t step back any further is far more useful to most people than that extra zoom at the long end. You can always crop an image, but if you can’t move back further, you can’t make your lens any wider. The few extra megapixels would give you a little bit more crop capability on the Sony anyway.

    Very long zoom lenses are not known for great quality. You are likely to suffer barrel distortion at the wide end and pincushion distortion at the long end and quite possibly edge falloff all the way through the range. Look at Digital SLR lenses. It is rare to see a lens with much more than 15x zoom. There are good reasons for that. Quality is going to be compromised and maximum apertures will be restricted. I suspect that a 35x zoom will not be very good for image quality.

    Personally out of the two I would go for the wider, shorter Sony zoom.

  2. fhotoace says:

    You have enough information in the adverts to choose which you want the most

  3. keerok says:

    Megapixels only dictate picture size, nothing more. Go for more zoom if that is your only other criteria.

  4. Photofox says:

    For those sorts of cameras, the difference between 16 and 20 megapixels is negligible. So go for the longer zoom.

  5. Andrew says:

    You’ll get a viewfinder with the Fujifilm SL300, and a 30X zoom.

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