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Old Monday 18th September 2017, 18:42   #1
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Hi everyone, could use some help.

Just starting out....at 67 LOL Presently using a point and shoot panasonic DMC-ZS 19. Mostly birds, wildlife, scenery and typical vacation shots. Not getting the definition and detail I want. Thinking of stepping up to a panasonic DMC FZ300 2.8 20x Zoom bridge camera. Worried i still will not get the quality, clarity and definition because of the small sensor. Don't have 4 grand but do have 2 if necessary. Not making prints or competition. Just using it for Facebook, emails, iPad and HD tv. Hoping to find a camera that i can carry on my motorcycle for hand held shots and use with a tripod for wildlife. Thank you in advance for the help. Will be looking for a beginner course this fall. Any replies, guidance and recommendations are really appreciated.
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Old Monday 18th September 2017, 18:46   #2
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Hi Timber. Welcome to BirdForum. Hopefully somebody will be along to offer some advice. The 4/3 systems seem popular on here.

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Old Monday 18th September 2017, 18:49   #3
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I've moved your thread to the Panasonic Forum where hopefully you'll get more advice. Perhaps one of the other mods can subscribe you to it so you notification of replies. Outside of my knowledge at the moment - sorry.

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Old Monday 18th September 2017, 18:57   #4
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Hi Timber and a warm welcome from me too.

Hope you get yourself sorted.

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Old Monday 18th September 2017, 19:05   #5
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Thank you. Will look into 4/3
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Unless ime looking at the wrong camera i think you would benefit from one with a longer lens,its a small sensor with an equivalent to 600mm lens so you will not have scope for cropping.
Something like this has a lot longer lens.shop around a bit and ask some more questions.

https://www.jessops.com/p/nikon/cool...xoCVV0QAvD_BwE
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Old Monday 18th September 2017, 20:04   #8
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Timber, clarity and definition depends on a number of issues: quality of lens, quality of postprocessing, and quality/size of sensor.

The small sensor is mainly a problem in dark spots, while I am certain the FZ300 will do fine on a well lit mudflat for example. m4/3 cameras will certainly have a larger sensor and to some extent alleviate the problem of small sensor. In between of the two, there is the superzooms with 1 inch sensor where Sony just came out with something that looks like a killer but also is a bit expensive. Which of these that is right for you: read reviews, look at sample images and see what you think.

Quality of lens: that is something that is easier (but also more expensive) on a camera with changeable lens. Reading reviews of your current camera and compare with those you consider is one way to look at improving here.

Postprocessing: if you are just taking jpg images, then the camera does the pp automatically for you. On the camera I have (m4/3) I feel I can definitely achieve better results from a raw image than using the OOC jpg, especially if the light was less than ideal.

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Thank you all. Will look into the Sony cameras
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