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Old Thursday 25th September 2014, 22:41   #26
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As an SX50 owner, I'm very interested in hearing whether the SX60 is better than the SX50 for still photos.

- is the extra zoom reach (cf. the SX50) noticeable/useful?
- how does AF compare with the SX50?
- how does noise and IQ compare?
- is the EVF noticeably better?
- any improvements in ergonomics etc?
- how does the IS compare? (some suggestions that IS is better on the SX50)

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Old Friday 26th September 2014, 09:09   #27
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Nice work Neil, really excited about receiving mine - ordered it from Hong Kong on the 19th and it was delivered on the 22nd! Unfortunately I was out so it'll be here tomorrow.

Paid 359 local guarantee too. Can't wait to fire it up :)

How are you getting on with the SX60 now that you have had it for a few days?

Can anyone tell me the risks involved in buying what I assume is a grey import (as places like Park Cameras are not selling it yet)?

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Old Friday 26th September 2014, 10:24   #28
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I'm still getting to grips with the digital zoom functions of the sx60. I should have read the manual.
In Standard Digital Zoom mode the digital zoom kicks in at the end of the optical zoom range. In 1.6x or 2x digital zoom modes the teleconverter effects the whole range - so 2x switched on means the the lens becomes a 42 - 2670 mm lens. Impressive range.
In this video only optical zoom was used -
https://www.flickr.com/photos/7892550@N03/15357653512/
The photo of the kingfisher shows the digital zoom (2x) in action with the equivalent of 1600 mm.
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Old Friday 26th September 2014, 10:45   #29
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Hi Neil,

Was the close-up of the kingfisher handheld, resting on a fixed support, monopod or tripod pse? For a digital zoom it's a very sharp picture - any post photo processing at all? Presume IS was on?

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Old Friday 26th September 2014, 11:03   #30
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Was the close-up of the kingfisher handheld, resting on a fixed support, monopod or tripod pse? For a digital zoom it's a very sharp picture - any post photo processing at all? Presume IS was on?

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It was on a mini Manfrotto tripod on the window ledge of the hide. IS was off. 90% of my videos are shot this way.
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Old Friday 26th September 2014, 14:29   #31
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In Standard Digital Zoom mode the digital zoom kicks in at the end of the optical zoom range. In 1.6x or 2x digital zoom modes the teleconverter effects the whole range - so 2x switched on means the the lens becomes a 42 - 2670 mm lens.
This is only the second real-life example I've seen of the digital zoom for this camera and I have to say, it's impressive. Also the second time I've read birders, even people used to using DSLRs, actually consider the digital zoom part of the real-use range of the camera and not even flinch at having it turned on.

There was a time when "digital zoom" meant "grasping at straws" and what amounted to basic pixel-doubling. I have to wonder what technology Canon is using to pull this off. Fractal-based processing comes to mind.

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Old Friday 26th September 2014, 15:10   #32
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This is only the second real-life example I've seen of the digital zoom for this camera and I have to say, it's impressive. Also the second time I've read birders, even people used to using DSLRs, actually consider the digital zoom part of the real-use range of the camera and not even flinch at having it turned on.

There was a time when "digital zoom" meant "grasping at straws" and what amounted to basic pixel-doubling. I have to wonder what technology Canon is using to pull this off. Fractal-based processing comes to mind.

Very nice.
Yes, Canon does a good job but I don't understand how they do it either.
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Old Friday 26th September 2014, 17:46   #33
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Hi Neil, have you attempted any birds in flight shots with the Camera? wondering if the focus is fast enough as when I had the SX50 I found it too slow(for me at least).
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Old Saturday 27th September 2014, 01:23   #34
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Hi Neil, have you attempted any birds in flight shots with the Camera? wondering if the focus is fast enough as when I had the SX50 I found it too slow(for me at least).
Not yet. I'll be in California next week and will testing this out.
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Old Saturday 27th September 2014, 08:59   #35
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Neil did you have an SX50, are you able to comment on how the SX60 betters the SX50?
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Old Saturday 27th September 2014, 10:47   #36
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This is some video I shot in the rain the other day, I will try and get out in fine weather

Shot on Canon PowerShot SX60 at 2730mm (full optical zoom 1365mm + 2.0x Digital Extender)

http://www.vimeo.com/107122376

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Old Saturday 27th September 2014, 11:33   #37
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Neil did you have an SX50, are you able to comment on how the SX60 betters the SX50?
I did have the 50 but lost it. I still have the 40. Bob has been getting the most use out of the 50.
EVF is better , extra reach is a marginal advantage, wider at 21 mm is a nice advantage, IS doesn't seem as good but that may be due to the longer zoom,50/60p HD video is nice to have and the main reason I got it as I'll be mostly shooting video and timelapse with it (the 21 mm is very good for timelapse).
I will be shooting with it a lot in California next week in better light than we have here at the moment ( pollution index over 200 ). I'll even be trying it on hummingbirds.
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Old Saturday 27th September 2014, 11:41   #38
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This is why I like the 21 mm at the wide end.
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Old Saturday 27th September 2014, 11:44   #39
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Some more with the SX60 out on the mudflats on Thursday.
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Hi - sorry I haven't been able to reply, I've had no broadband because of technical issues and only get about 30-60 mins a day in little chunks. Engineer coming next week.

Anyhow, I can't compare the SX60 to the SX50, having only owned the former. I was teetering on the edge of buying the SX50 for quite a while, but hung on for it's successor. What I love is that I actually have a camera with this range - an egret landed about 60m away in the field in front of our house and I just grabbed the camera took 20-odd shots (on auto, unfortunately) and it was gone. I haven't processed them yet, but the point for me is I wouldn't have had anything at all to process a week ago.

On Amazon the SX50 is 300 - I can't see the point in buying 2-year old tech for 60 - 100 less unless you're really hard up. Canon haven't been sitting on their hands for 2 years. I spend far too long reading reviews and specs and not enough taking pictures and am personally glad I jumped in. Some grey imports, like mine from DigitalRev have locally warranty. IMHO and YMMV

I'll put up some pics as soon as I can, and try and answer questions, but I'm not the most experienced (read able) photographer so I don't think I'll be much help to anyone.

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Old Saturday 27th September 2014, 12:32   #41
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How about some low light, higher ISO shots. We SX50 owners would love to see how they have improved the low light capability, if at all.
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Old Sunday 28th September 2014, 11:29   #42
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wow these are the best pictures iv,e seen with new sx60. Can you take a still picture whilst videoing as i have heard you cant or it stops the video. I have been waiting for this camera since last year only to hear bad reports from another forum. But on hear the photos are better and some video footage as well which is a bonus.
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Old Monday 29th September 2014, 14:37   #43
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Some more with the SX60 out on the mudflats on Thursday.
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Neil, Off subject , but you're Common Sandpiper pic is some type of Plover, not sure what Plovers you get in you're neck of the woods!
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How about some low light, higher ISO shots. We SX50 owners would love to see how they have improved the low light capability, if at all.
I'd second that. Us SLR users would love to know if we can cope with the increase in noise when compared to an SLR - one of the main reasons I stopped using a 'bridge' camera.
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Does the built in flash automatically pop up or does it have to be raised manually as with the SX50?
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Ya as an SX50 user, I am also most interested in any improvements in still photo particularly in terms of lower light, bird in the shadows, and focus speed SX50 vs SX60.

Despite the same lens speed, Canon is claiming improved low light due to new firmware and sensor. Curious how real that is.

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The photos and videos shown look superb. Away with the 40 and 50 bring on the 60! I will be in Singapore shortly, anyone know of any good retail outlets there that might have this?
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Is there an ex SX40 user who now has the SX 60 who would like to share their thoughts . . .please !!!!

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