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A Fujifilm ‘Bridge’ and a Nikon ‘Superzoom’

March 28th, 2013 No Comments

Fujifilm X20

If you’re looking for a compact camera to carry around 24×7 whose looks won’t make you feel sheepish and which takes more than serviceable photos, Fujifilm’s new X20 could be for you.

In a review posted earlier today, PhotographyBlog raves about its chic design and solid build quality.  It ticks all the boxes for the expected core features and adds a few to the mix.  

Though a spec of 12 megapixels doesn’t exactly stand out, the aperture of f/2.0 at 28mm and f/2.8 at 112mm does.  The 12 MP resolution goes with a 2/3-type X-Trans CMOS II sensor which identifies the X20 as a ‘bridge camera’ rather than, strictly, a compact.

It has its quirky failings, such as exposure problems at certain shutter-speed/f-stop combinations, but also its quirky bonuses: how about a 1cm focussing distance and a top shutter-speed of 1/4000 in full manual?

In keeping with its classic styling the X20 has a viewfinder – and it even displays current settings and other information (like viewfinders used to in the good old days).  

Are its images any good, you ask?  Click here to find out.

Nikon P520

This camera too is one of those that falls outside the established classes of cameras, for it’s a ‘superzoom’, the successor to Nikon’s P510.  Its focal length ranges from 24mm to 1000mm for a crazy multiple of 42.

The Nikon P520 debuted earlier this month and Pocket-lint was at hand to check it out while ePHOTOzine provides specs and sample images.

The main upgrades are that this newer model is wireless ready, needing an adaptor, and boasts an 18 MP resolution.  Pocket-lint is on the fence about the enhanced resolution, though, as packing more pixels may not ‘sit well’ on the relatively smaller sensor size. 

Indeed, the reviewers seem to be on the fence about the camera as a whole but they fail to ask the burning question:– Does one needs a single lens that goes from 24mm to 1000mm at very modest f-stops of f/3 to f/5.9, and with all the attendant optical and image quality shortcomings that are a natural consequence thereof?

In an age when technological advancements mean that so many combinations of specifications dreamt up in the design studios can actually be implemented while others are out of reach, it may make sense to ask whether or not a particular combination of specifications that is attainable is also useful and valuable.

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