Is the $500 difference between the two worth it for someone who does outdoor/bird photography and uploads images to the web. No printing of any prints. Is the price difference worth it, I can buy alot of things for $500. Also will the 10 x vs 10.7 make a noticeable difference on the long end of the zoom. Thanks for any inp
I do not brlirvr the zoom ratio is rlevant to your ability to capture birds; it is the long end that you will probably need. The optical zooms on these cameras are 300/380 (35mm equiv.), will that be long enough to fill the frame with a small bird?
I use the Fuji S-5100 which is the 4mp version of the S-52-00 which is a 5mp camera. The S-9000 is a 9 or 10 mega-pixel camera I believe. The S-5100 has a 10x zoom and I find it is more than ample for all the newspaper photography work I do. I find that the 10x zoom is more than ample for covering high school baseball games and capturing images of firefighters working car accidents and fighting fires. As for shooting burds the 10x zoom works good in getting ducks on our local lake as well as shots of flocks of birds flying into and out of the lake. The detail of the images at a fulll 10x zoom is very clear and on my computer monitor and in newspaper prints looks very very good. I generally only print 1 to 2 images a month. Most of the images just go straight into my computer archive with about 10 to 12 going into the newspaper each week (weekly county newspaper). I have not attempted to do single closeups of birds in flight high up in the air yet.
I did have the chance to test one of the ness S-9000 and I had a lot of trouble geting used to the way the lens is zoomed by using a zooming ring on the lens itself like is done on most D-SLRs which I am not a user of. It is more of D-SLR type camera especially how you zoom and focus.
I think based on my experience with the S-5100 that an S-5200 would be more than ample to get the detial you are after and if you ever need prints you can get 11x14 images with the S-5200. Just make sure you get a 1GB card when you get the camera. I find for the average high school baseball game that I fill up most of the 1GB card (I can get 500 images at highest jpeg setting -- fine setting). I carry a 1GB and 2x 512MB cards with me at all times. Also a full cahrged set of 2400mha nickle metal hydrdie batteries will yield you about 250 to 300 shots. I usually only need 2 full sets to do an entire baseball game. I do carry 4 full sets of 2400mha batteries (energizer and power2000 brands)
Hope this helps
Hi - I don't think you should use these two cameras for comparison.
Yes - the zoom ring takes time to get use to and I do have to use about these cameras are their Super Macro feature. I have a S7000, which is the older model of the S9000.
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