FZ200 extreme zoom experiments

Discussion in 'Superzoom Salon' started by Jock Elliott, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    I spent the early am messing with various zoom settings on the FZ200, and I found some combinations that are pretty extreme.

    Here's 24mm:


    Here's full optical zoom (24x, 600mm equivalent)


    This is 96x:


    And this is 117x:


    I don't think I would use the last one unless I saw, say, a sasquatch at long range and needed to document it.

    Cheers, Jock
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  2. bartjeej

    bartjeej Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    Agree, the second to last is just about usable if you clean it up a bit and don't mind some loss of detail - the last one is pretty awful :tongue:
    On the 600mm shot, looks like the camera focused on the seeds just behind the bird, and they seem to show good detail.
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  3. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    you're also losing detail shooting through windows and glass. That last one looks like a painting if you run it through a denoise program with everything turned up to 11. It may not be what you want, and you lose even more detail, but if the noise bothers you, it CAN go away. It just ceases to look like a photo. :wink:
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  4. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    The camera is on my shortlist for a travel bridge. It's currently between the Panasonic FZ200, Canon SX50 and Fuji HS50EXR. Hmmm...
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