Love this camera. The zoom is excellent and the quality of the photos was amazing! Very happy. I used it travelling and it was compact, easy to store, and awesome value for money.
Having previously owned the older Lumix FZ50 for 7 years, (another great all round camera thats simple to use and takes great quality photos) we finally decided to update, when our backpacking son decided he'd love to take that one off our hands.
We decided to upgrade to the latest version- the FZ70. So this review is really based on views comparing it to that model - us being so used to and happy with that camera up until now.
Had the new one about a month now and just used it intensively on a 3 week overseas holiday- taking over 1300 photos and movies!!
Overall really impressed with the camera - takes fantastic resolution photos, with really easy to use features. Good enough to blow up to decent A2 size pictures on the standard auto settings.
We were immediately blown away with it's amazing zoom capability- it's huge for an all in one...no need to swap lenses camera!! The increase in clarity was immediately noticeable from our very first downloads testing it out both with close up and long distance shots.Really simple to use with full auto mode selected, just point and shoot - it does it all for you.
Movie function even easier than old model, with a seperate movie button. (no need to select movies from the dial). Great having the panorama photo feature now.
Do miss the old rear swivel LCD screen at times on the new one - was great when holding the old camera high above your head in a crowd, could easily see what you were taking by swivelling the display screen down.
Miss the ease of being able to force the flash myself quickly in auto mode- can't seem to do this on the FZ70, seem to have to select scene mode first to enable this. Also with its advanced metering system when on Auto, it seems to be a bit slow composing night scenery shots. You get a bit of time delay between shots as it wants to multi meter the image. The shots themselves turn out fantastic, just find you have to wait a little whilst it completes its metering each time, before it is ready for the next shot.
Enjoyed the new camera being incredibly quick, when wanting to take really sudden unplanned shots, like from moving vehicles or with wild animals on the move. Could go from turned off to instant shooting with the flick of a switch.
As said previous, only had the FZ70 for a month so still learning its real capabilities, (some of our negatives could be a bit of driver error :) ) but so far more than happy with our purchase, would recommend to others without hesitation, if looking for a really high quality all in one camera that takes fantastic photos without the need to carry around the extra lenses of a traditional SLR camera.
Generally I found the camera easy to use without needing to read a manual. I still have many functions to better understand but we were just away for 2 months and we are very happy with the photos taken
The camera is great, very solid, good quality and I really love it!
Recently brought this camera to Europe and quality of photos produced were fantastic.'
Great options available for photo effects without using photoshop.
Very robust and surprisingly simple to access different modes and settings.
I bought this lens around 6 months ago and haven't looked back. This is now one of my most used lenses. It is absolutely wonderful for portraits, newborns, weddings, and of course works a wonder on those macro wedding and newborn shots. With the right lighting, this lens will accomplish beautifully creamy bokeh and a stunning depth of field.
I've just stepped up from a Lumix G10 (micro 4/3) to a DSLR. I chose the K-30 because one of my main aims was to improve my astrophotography, and in my price range the K-30 seemed to have better low-light performance than the equivalent Canon or Nikon options - both of which are also replete with extra fancy options that I found irrelevant.
The K-30 has some excellent useful exposure modes not on the Canikon offerings, and useful things like a RAW/fx button which allows one to switch easily to shooting RAW.
I already had an old Pentax 50mm manual lens, and it just slips right on to the K-30, with fabulous results. (I've had four Flickr Explores in the couple of weeks I've had it, compared with none ever before.)
It also looks cool. ;-)
I have only had the camera for a month, but within this time I have had the opportunity to film several events, but the best one was the Sydney Fleet Review Fireworks. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeLJW3712JA ).
This allowed me to learn very quickly what the camera is capable of and trying to use all of the features in the one shoot, Namely the ND filters which was mandatory for this type of filming.
The quality is outstanding and the Sony sensors work their best in low-light. Considering it was released nearly 4 years ago, this is technology worth purchasing.
The ability to control 2 separate input sound channels manually, convert the camera from a fully automatic to a manual camera gives the user complete control over the final result.
Over the coming months I'll be able to offer a more in-depth review, but so far I have no regrets and will recommend Sony product and Teds to all I can.
EASY TO USE GOOD QUALITY
For the current price the k30 is a great buy. Partner it with a similar Pentax WR lens and you have the ultimate (outdoor) enthusiasts kit.
Image quality is excellent and it is wonderful to have an optical view finder. I chose this camera because when the lens is extended it fits exactly into the eyepiece of my microscope and it is performing really well. Not sure about battery life so I shall buy a spare to avoid being caught with a flat one while in the middle of something important.
Clear brilliant pictures, video and audio that normally one gets from a DSLR all from a camera compact enough to fit into a shirt pocket. The main con is that it is difficult to grip due to the smooth surface. I wish the video button was better located to start stop without shaking the camera. Otherwise a great camera to take everywhere for both snaps and movies.
I am really enjoying the 70D after upgrading from the 60D which I owned for just over a year. Image quality is pretty much the same despite the extra 2 mega pixels & digic 5+ processor, but the larger image size does help with cropping in post. If you plan to shoot video you will love the Dual Pixel CMOS continuous focusing system. Finally a DSLR that can focus like a video camera! It's not perfect but neither are the best systems on dedicated video cameras, for most situations though it does the job well. Again I also love the flip out LCD screen, now with touch capability. I really wish the entire product line had these flip out touch screens, they are just so useful. The WiFi is a nice feature to have, the setup could be a simpler though and really needs a rethink, but if you need to fire the camera from a tricky location it's handy to use your smartphone/tablet for framing and shooting. However I have found WiFi more useful as a means to transfer images (downsized by the camera) to a device like your phone for emailing or posting to the web. The standout feature of this camera though is it's 19 point cross type focusing system ported from the 7D. It can lock onto moving subjects very quickly and pull off some amazing shots. I have been shooting wild birds in flight and my kids on jets skis, motorbikes, skateboards etc and the 70D somehow manages to get the focus spot on almost all of the time. 7fps is great here too, more pics on the SD card means a better chance of capturing that one special image. Overall a very usable camera with worthwhile upgrades & features, I like it.
Finally a big shout out to the guys at Teds in Southport. Quality service like you experience at this store is the reason I don't buy my cameras online from overseas vendors, thanks guys!
Shooting in manual mode in RAW, this camera is better than some DSLRs on the market. Great for travelling light, as it fits in your pocket. Images are awesome even at high ISO. In auto shooting mode the auto focus is less than average, and this is the only thing I can fault this camera on.
We love the Picture Quality and the great Zoom. Also used the Video option for great images and movies. Best camera I have ever brought. Heaps of features, which I would only use a minimal amount, but one day will understand everything on it.
A very good camera for ease of use and quality of picture. I take it everywhere because it is so compact and the manual controls allow superior shooting. Very happy.
I got this Camera from ted, It is really good camera with better quality picture and long battery life and also good price !!! In my personal view, It's easy to carry in pocket ..not like as DSLR camera which was too hard to bring on party, travelling...I also have DSLR but this is really good one , while taking snap on get together party...
After downsizing from a full-size, bulky DSLR, I am really happy with my Sony NEX 3N. I purchased the Sony over other brands for the panorama function and I have not been disappointed.
The panorama function can be a bit fiddly when zooming into images and I have had trouble with the auto-focus trying to photograph animals through wire fences, but am sure these are things will be overcome with more practice.
One negative is the screen. I have found that it scratches easily inside a camera bag and the flip functionality is a total waste of time - a pivoting arm would have been much more useful.
Love this camera. Takes great photos. Lovely retro design.
Bought this camera just before going overseas and did not get a chance to use it till actually on my holiday.
It was very easy to use whilst away and the scene settings in particular are great. It took some really great night shots. The photos have turned out well and still look great when printed in bigger sizes.
Best purchase of this type of camera I have made. Very happy with it.
I class myself as an enthusiast photographer and prior to the D4, my main camera was a Nikon D700 and the Nikon D90 my backup.
I’d decided to purchase the D4 for three main reasons, frame rate, the auto focusing system and low light performance.
I do a range of action shoots, sportdog shows, horse shows to air shows.
So there is always the want for high frame rate and at 10-11fps to the XQD card and auto focusing system that seems to work effortlessly and flawlessly in most lighting conditions, it’s hard to miss any of the actions.
The last 3 years I was carting the D700 with MB-D10 battery grip attached to my Nikkor 300mm f2.8G VRII for animal and Airshows. So it was noticeably lighter when I connected the D4 to this lens.
The D4 fits comfortably in my medium size hands in both landscape and portrait orientation. Yes it is a big camera, relatively speaking, but it feels light and solid. And build quality is one of the best I’ve seen.
If you are used to semi to pro Nikon DSLRs the D4 menu will be very familiar. Even if you are not, it’s relatively easy to learn within 2-3hours of flicking through the manual. It’s set out neatly on a vibrant LCD and can be customised for various types of shoots that you do.
The Active D-Lighting really helps to brighten the shadows when shooting in harsh mid day light. The HDR function is handy, but lets face it, this function may not be relevant, if you have Photoshop and a HDR program where two or more photos can be created in Photoshop from one file and merged in the HDR program and tone mapped. Nevertheless, it is there if you have the time.
Auto ISO sensitivity is convenient…but it’s nothing new as the D700 have the same function.
Low light performance is great and personally, noise level up to 5000 ISO is acceptable for me. Anything above this seems too grainy. When connect to a wide aperture lens such as the Sigma 85mm f1.4 EX DG HSM, you will be able to drop ISO setting back a few clicks and won’t even need external flashes in situations that usually do.
I have only used the D4, 5-6 times to record HD movies so can not comment too much on this. But the picture quality certainly looks very good and the sound not bad direct from the inbuilt microphone.
That is some of the little things I’ve noticed about the D4. It is a fantastic camera and the mind boggles at the thoughts of the technology cramped into it and all accessible at your finger tips.
The camera is for anyone serious about their photography.
Fantastic job Nikon.
I've been shooting video with a DSLR for just over a year and I can't get over how much of a pleasant conversion it was to go back to a camcorder. The HF G30 is crisp enough to provide sharp visuals as well as having a high dynamic range superior to most DSLRs. The image stabilization works effectively, with handheld shots at full zoom being completely usable. If you own a Tablet or Ipad then you'll really benefit from the Wifi remote function. If you want to use a crane or shoot remotely then you don't need any extra monitors, your Ipad will do an adequate job of framing a scene and easily adjusting settings.
The new function of 1080p at 60fps is brilliant, offering the flexibility to create 50% speed footage with no loss of image quality.
I was also quite impressed by the price point on this camera. ive seen this camera going for as much as $1800 on Ebay and over $1600 at other camera stores so it was refreshing to actually be able to afford to purchase it in store
I am a committed user of Panasonic Lumix TZ cameras and the latest (TZ40) is a first class evolution of the model. I have tried other big name compact zoom travel cameras and the TZ 40 is the best on the market right now (October 2013). If there is a down side, it relates to the less than intuitive Wi-Fi connection - I don't bother using it.
I bought the camera because after considerable research it seemed very good value and was ideal for what I wanted it for - its impressive zoom. I have not mastered a lot of what the camera will do yet but after a forthcoming safari in East-Africa I'm sure I'll get comfortable with more of its features.
Lacks some of the features I had in my Ixus which was disappointing. Bit unsure about hte pop up flash. Battery seems not to last very long. Like the simple transition from photo to video feature. Bigger than my Ixus, but new Ixus not as good as old one so bought this.
Great camera happy with purchase. Love the 30 X optical and picture quality. Still learning some of the functionality not too complicated matter of having the time to sit down & learn. One negative comment - Shooting in direct sun you can hardly see what you shooting.
great image quality and a fun camera to use but has some draw backs, battery life is ok but not great, most of the issues I have relate to video, capable of superb video but let down by sound - no external mic jack and only mono internal mic, unable to use any auto focus due to screw drive sound being picked up by the internal mic. But still my primary reason for purchase was photography and in that regard I'm very happy, great value as it was packaged with sigma 17-70 f2.8 -4.5 macro lens a very nice performer indeed. Life view with focus peaking is an great feature allowing accurate manual focus, very helpful in low light situations. I would recommend this camera to photographers if it fits your budget, but if your serious about video I wouldn't recommend due to the sound issues, having said that it is a nice addition to have live view and basic video recording.
Setup is easy and quality of photographs is really excellent. In camera panoramic is brilliant and a very easy to use product. Typical quality product and worth the extra money over the Panasonic version.
Great photos but seemed slow to start up which made it mainly good for still/landscape shots. Found it hard to get right settings for shots in a hurry. Ended up mostly using "Easy" mode.
The EOS 600D is an easy to use, hassle free camera, with an excellent variation of control, from fully auto for quick snaps which give a good clear photo, to more advanced control to help get the mood or lighting I want. I have so far been very happy with my purchase.
I have had my 6D for a month, and I am very pleased.
I find it so easy to use. The quality of the images are good.
Would not hesitate to recommend this camera.
The Hero3 Black produces much better quality video than previous models, and the new features such as WiFi and smartphone app control combine to make it a worthwhile upgrade. Still I wish GoPro would add more control buttons as the two button system they persist with is needlessly clunky and difficult to operate on the fly. Battery life is still not great, which is a continuing problem for these cameras.
After using the camera I would now like the opportunity to spend 30 minutes with a person who is familiar with this camera who could show me how to use more features of this camera
I'm out & about every day & I find this lite weight camera is just the thing if I come across interesting wildlife down on the lagoon & beachfront.I am able to capture the unpredictable .The images are quite clear & having that extra zoom is an advantage.
Great compact camera for daily use and holiday use, really great for low light and focusing on max zoom. Great features like following focus and multishot. Gimmiki but fun smart phone control. Nice size and build quality
perfect for travel. its simple and stylish. takes great pictures, i especially like the ability to shoot in 16:9. one negative, and its a niggly one, the case dosent attach to the strap, so it was a bit combersome when out and about and i kept droping it, making it easy to loose. i dont think this camera would fare well without the case.
Wanted something beyond the basic Cybershot but giving me a high quality result for times when it is not convenient to drag my whole DSLR kit around. Meets my need well - compact, light to carry, easy to hold, suitable for a range of scenes.
The the zoom is fantastic and the Carl Zeiss lens gives quality pictures.
Brought the camera for a family holiday to Hawaii. Takes great photos day after day, morning or night! Took it into the sea and worked like a charm, took photos left, right and center. The movies came out great as well. Love it.
The Nikon D600 is a wonderful piece of equipment to use. the results are breathtaking.
Best camera I have ever purchased.
Nikon are a professional company and it shows in the D600.
I chose this camera to take on an overseas trip and I am delighted with the quality of photos it took. The zoom is great and the the camera is easy to use. I took a lot of photos and found that most days I needed to change the battery.
Bought this camera for a trip to Europe. It is compact & light but photo quality is disappointing and nowhere near as good as my old Powershot. Images blur easily, so it is necessary to take a number of shots to get a decent pic and most pictures are out of focus around the edges.
The zoom is great, but the position of the flash is a right pain in the proverbial (Canon - what were you thinking!?!). Battery life is poor, but this was expected. The non genuine battery purchased at the same time was half the price of genuine, but has only half the life too. Not yet certain if I will keep this camera, or cut my losses & sell it to buy something else.
The camera is very handy and simple to use. Have great features and options that provide a variety of choices to create an outstanding image. The auto and manual options come in very useful and handy as well. However, I am frustrated on the battery life which lasts no more than one day.
In general I recommend it the beginners as it give the chance to use and learn the manual options and well as taking very good pictures.
This is an excellent camera. It is easy to use and takes great photos. I highly recommend this camera for those who wish to take better photos than the traditional aim and shoot cameras.
Bought this for hubby to use when kayaking. He's really happy with the features, ease of use and sturdy construction. Great price too!
I love using the night time exposure, went to a laser light show and got some awesome photos, overall the camer is great to use
I am so pleased with my camera. The pictures are so good and the zoom on such a small camera is amazing.
I bought this Camera just prior to a holiday up at Byron Bay. I took plenty of photos & videos whilst I was away for 2 weeks and have not been disappointed with the results, once I got home and downloaded all on to my Laptop. It is really easy to use and the quality of photos & video has been amazing. I do need a little more practice with all the various settings, but feel that this camera is so far the best I have owned/used and I am really happy with the quality of it overall.
Overall camera is good. Not happy with the battery life
bought this 3D camera for my teenage son to take on holidays with us. We all had fun using it. easy to use and 3D photos are amazing. Looked everywhere for one and finaly found it at teds online
easy to use and great depth of field with the full size
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