took the plunge and, due to Olympus not having developed their ultra-zoom
range at the time, made the jump to a Canon Powershot S2. This has a 12X
optical zoom, a 5 Megapixel resolution, image stabilisation, macro shots
from 0 inches and a decent video mode. This camera was so impressive that
Teresa wanted one and so the Dimage Z5 was replaced!
||Steve's Canon Powershot
S2 started to give trouble - over use probably! He then bought the updated
Canon Powershot S5 - the same 12X optical zoom lens but with a resolution
of 8 Megapixels, a larger 2.5-inch LCD, Canon’s DIGIC III image
processor plus other added features.
|Teresa's Canon Powershot
S2 was beginning to look outdated so in March 2009 she upgraded to a Canon
SX10. This camera had a optical zoom of 20x, with a wide angle of 28mm
and a resolution of 10 Megapixels and a DIGIC IV processor. As you can
see it was a very impressive looking camera which took great shots.
||Steve then bought a Canon
Powershot SX20. Much the same as the Canon SX10 but with a resolution
of 12 Megapixels and the ability to take HD videos. Teresa then moved
to the Canon SX30 with had a 35X optical zoom and a wide angle of 24mm.
Canon Powershot SX30 proved to be a big disappointment and, when Canon
released the Powershot SX40HS, it was traded in for the newer model.
Keeping the same 35X optical zoom lens, the SX40HS has a 12 Megapixel
backlit-CMOS sensor, full HD video recording, a DIGIC 5 processor and
vastly improved image quality over the SX30 (and previous models). In
fact, this model proved to be so good, a second SX40HS was bought so
we were, once again, using the same model of camera.
||Now Teresa has moved on
to a Panasonic Lumix FZ72 with
a 60x optical zoom, a 16.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor and 1080p 50i Full HD
video capture. The zoom is the equivalent of 20 – 1200mm in 35mm
terms. Therefore it offers an excellent wide-angle capability as well
as an exceptional long reach.
|Steve wanted a camera that
could be carried everywhere, had a reasonable zoom, an electronic viewfinder
and could take decent photographs. He finally decided on the Panasonic
Lumix TZ70. It weighs only 243g, fits into a jacket pocket but has a Leica
Elmar lens with a 30x optical zoom, a built-in EVF, a control ring for
selecting options and an eye sensor to switch between the EVF and LCD