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Old 15-07-14, 08:52 AM   #1
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I'm as guilty as anyone else - visit the shop to see/try it out and then order online to get the cheaper price. However ...

Mrs Marchie is looking for a new camera and it seems the Nikon Coolpix P600 fits the bill from the online description. We cannot find a store in Scotland that carries it in stock (it's not a super duper high end camera that costs 000s - it's a decent Bridge Camera - next level up from "point & shoot" with RRP of 329).

Currys/PC World/John Lewis plus various independent camera shops can all get the camera for us within 24 hours IF we pay in advance ...

A camera is a very personal thing, in the sense that, however technically brilliant its features appear to be, it has to suit the user so a "try before you buy" is entirely appropriate.

Imagine phoning your local Peugeot Dealer - "I've seen the 3008 brochure - can I have a Test Drive?"

"Yes, sir - if you pay for the car now we can have it available for tomorrow ..."

We can buy the camera from an electrical store (Kingfisher Group company) in France where it is in stock and where the price is about 15 cheaper because of the exchange rate but I really would prefer to buy in the UK - grrr!
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I had a look round when my father was buyin me a camera as a gift. I wanted a manual zoom bridge, only place i could find them was Jessops, i ended up with the Fujifilm HS50 EXR, crackin camera and is about the same price as your nikon. Might be worth a look
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keep your bridges I'll stick with my Nikon DSLR Only joking folks, i still have my fuji HS30 EXR bridge and it is a fantastic camera, off to google the p600
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keep your bridges I'll stick with my Nikon DSLR Only joking folks, i still have my fuji HS30 EXR bridge and it is a fantastic camera, off to google the p600
Hi Trem

Mrs Marchie does not want to "faff around with lenses" ... And she is the boss!

Have a look at dpreview.com for the P600 reviews and some cracking photos taken by people living within reach of US National Parks and Canada. There's also piccies from Alnwick Castle that are really good.

The optical zoom is the big attraction - we want to take pictures of birdlife from the disused quarry in France - those from my (9 year old) Canon look like the black arrow shapes that I used to draw at school as a 5 year old

Had a chance to look at a Canon D6 on holiday last month - bloody lovely but silly money when the cost of lenses is added on (plus Mrs Marchie's disapproval - see above ).
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I had a look round when my father was buyin me a camera as a gift. I wanted a manual zoom bridge, only place i could find them was Jessops, i ended up with the Fujifilm HS50 EXR, crackin camera and is about the same price as your nikon. Might be worth a look
The reviews for the Fuji were not as good as for the Nikon re speed of processing and image quality for wildlife and bird shots. Shame really, since the Fuji is available to see in stores and it does look a tidy bit of kit.

Left to my own devices, I would opt for a Canon D6 (or D70) DSLR and lots of expensive lenses but that would leave nothing in the kitty for the divorce costs ... Mind you, I'd have a novel storage place for the camera with a built in darkroom (albeit slightly smelly) after Mrs Marchie had finished
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its all about personal choice with camera's the fuji has higher iso and a 30 second shutter speed for longer exposures than the nikon. As for processing speed i find the manual zoom of the fuji better, imo by the time the nikon's power zoom has got to where you want it the manual zoom of the fuji has been there and taken the photo already.

But this could/will go on forever just like the Nikon/Canon debate when talking Dslr's I went Nikon BTW
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its all about personal choice with camera's the fuji has higher iso and a 30 second shutter speed for longer exposures than the nikon. As for processing speed i find the manual zoom of the fuji better, imo by the time the nikon's power zoom has got to where you want it the manual zoom of the fuji has been there and taken the photo already.

But this could/will go on forever just like the Nikon/Canon debate when talking Dslr's I went Nikon BTW
The main point I was making was that the "Cheaper online" that we all pursue has removed the chance to see the item before purchase.

I agree re personal choice - I've always bought Canon and have been very happy. BUT, Canon have a massive investment in the lens business, and need to protect that. Consequently, they appear to keep the Bridge & Compact System (last major player to market) in place behind the DSLR money spinners. IMO, the Nikon is a better prospect than the Canon equivalent (still has the slow processing that my 9 year old Canon has ...) BUT Mrs Marchie will be the purchaser so her decision. That way, I'll avoid the blame ...
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yea i understand what you mean,when i was looking for my camera a few months ago, we went out to currys/ jessops and physically held the camera choices i had in mind,then came home and bought online from digitalrev (grey import) at a fraction of the cost. it worked out that i could buy a camera with the 18-55mm lens and a 55-300mm lens for less than just the body at Jessops
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I've had several Canon DSLR's and been pretty happy with all of them but the trouble with all SLR's is the horrendous cost of lenses. I had quite a few lenses covering wide angle to 450mm of various quality bands but could never justify the cost of the L range of lenses.

As I got older the bother of carting all the gear around including two camera bodies and half a dozen lenses took the fun out of it for me - specially if that one off photo opportunity arose and you had the wrong lens attached.

I sold the slr's & lenses and went for a bridge camera - a Canon SX1 IS. I chose this one as it had the one important (to me) feature that most other affordable bridge cameras didn't - the ability to shoot in RAW. I would never buy another camera that only records Jpegs. I enjoy editing photos as much as taking them so having the maximum amount of data to play with is a must. Because these cameras have such a large focal length coverage the lenses will always be a compromise and tend to be soft at both extremes of the zoom range. Software sharpening can improve these softer shots if needed but only to a certain extent and I generally find that if a shot is going to be beyond salvage it will always be the one you really wanted to be spot on.

Some of the latest bridge cameras have way too much zoom for my liking. The 20X optical zoom on mine can be way too long for hand held shots in poor lighting conditions and super fast ISO settings introduce far too much noise to get decent sharpness. Shutter lag can also be an issue and can't compete with todays entry level DSLR's shutter response.

I've always been biased towards Canon as the Nikon viewfinder was smaller and darker than Canons but I looked at one of the latest Nikon consumer level DSLRs and was mightily impressed with it. Had I been looking to buy one then I think I would have chosen the Nikon brand this time.
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