One omission from the list, is the Leica V LUX. Possibly because of the
price, but more likely, because of the shorter lens, which at 28-400mm
equivalent, is a bit tame by the latest standards, with one of the
Panasonic’s going out to 1200mm. I was in the market for a good bridge
camera in 2013, as was a good friend. My mate decided on a Panasonic, while
I having always wanted a camera with a red spot on the front, went for the
Leica V LUX 4 they were pretty much the same camera, with a f2.8 28-600mm
equivalent Leica lenses. Apparently, Leica got the pick of the glass for
the lenses and had a much better rendering engine. I have been very happy
with the Leica, having carted it through environments as diverse as Sabah,
Cambodia, the UK in a foul winter and Nepal up to 2500m altitude. I have
been very happy with the image quality at a good range of ISOs and very
happy with the zoom functioning. My UK mate is fairly happy with his
Panasonic, though not that impressed with the image quality at high ISOs,
which it seems is a common feature with that marque. I would suggest, that
if you come across a good second hand V LUX4, consider it. I am not sure
how many would be on the second hand ones out there. I would think that
most owners would be like me and be very happy to hang onto them. Also,
600mm is long enough for me to hand hold. Even then, a monopod would be
handy often, at full reach
Ps, I am not interested in selling my Leica.
On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, Innes, Angus <
> Donald, and Others,
> Please share the bridge camera responses with us all.
> As, the user of a several years old Sony Cybershot Bridge Camera (a mere
> x35 magnification), I am aware that the current crop of Bridge cameras have
> far more grunt in the zoom department - some up to x83 optical.
> I was put on to my camera by Greg Roberts, (sunshinecoastbirds.blogspot.
> com ) who, then, illustrated his trip reports with great, and
> sufficient, shots from a Sony Cybershot. As I usually lug a telescope as
> well as binoculars, I wanted the lightest camera that would "do the job".
> i.e. record shots, and followed Greg's example.
> (Subsequently, Greg told me that he moved up to a Canon DSLR and gets even
> better pics.)
> I am still wedded to a bridge camera for my purposes. However, I am always
> thinking of possible update, particularly attracted by a bit more zoom.
> I include below three web links that all review 10 or so Bridge cameras
> from last year's crop. It is noteworthy that the camera purists put the
> higher zoom lens cameras at the bottom of the heap, whereas I, as a birder,
> need the higher zoom capacity as a top priority. I am prepared to trade a
> bit of photo perfection for the extra reach, so often needed in birding.
> Consequently I am very interested to hear from birders with experience
> using the newer higher optical zoom capacity Bridge cameras..
> Angus Innes.,
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