Thursday, January 15, 2009

SX10 / SX1 best superzoom

Well it took dpreview just 2 months to finally get the SX10 on the table of the test lab but they confirmed most what I mentioned 2 months ago. They even noticed the very big and nice viewfinder and also found the wheel crappy. Since there is now a  comparison between the 
Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Fujifilm FinePix S2000HD
Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd
Nikon Coolpix P80
Olympus SP-565UZ
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28
Sony Cybershot DSC-H50
it should be easy to pick the right superzoom.

The last weeks I downloaded all the SX1 clips the internet could spit out, some even in real resolution. After fiddling a bit to find the right program to recompress I ended up with SUPER what does a nice job to actually use the SX1 video on a computer.

So the SX10 is the best superzoom and the SX1 adds the 4fps and the full HD video.
The new cameras from Olympus and Kodak are no match for the SX1 that leaves just 1.5 months more to wait for the  PMA 2009, March 3rd -5th , 2009 to see if Sony wants to take Canon on.
But comparing the last 5 years and the Canon S series against the Sony H series I doubt that they will be able to best the SX1.

... and for all the people who think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 is better than the SX10, please compare side by side the:

Viewfinder tiny screen and hard eye piece against big screen and soft eye piece
Display unusable below eye level against full swivel and twist
Camera feels like a toy against feels and looks like a DSLR (subjective but I had them both in the hand and compared side by side)
The Raw and the 720p video mode with bad mono audio are nothing to me when I can not use the viewfinder to manual focus or shoot below the line of sight.
BUT your priorities might vary.