之所以考慮要不要買新相機，是因為，Last time when I met Daphne, she happened to show me photos taken with her Canon PowerShot SX30 HS. The zoom was amazing. That’s why I started searching.
Turned out that the two current contenders for super zoom are Canon SX40 and Nikon P500. Most reviewing websites seem to nod at Canon.
I tried the camera in a shop — yes, it’s pretty nice, although I don’t find the interface isn’t as readily understandable as, say, Nikon’s or Panasonic LUMIX’s. In fact, I want different “modes” that I can choose from. That’s what I love about my LUMIX ZR1.
When I considered further, bringing such a bulky camera (even if neglecting the fact that it weighs 600 grams) isn’t a really great idea. In certain areas of, say, Peru, I would choose not to carry a backpack AT ALL at night and just hide my small camera carefully inside my jacket. True, my ZR1 isn’t that great for night pictures unless I have a tripod with me, but the truth is that, were I to carry something as bulky as SX40, there’ll be no way for me to hide it. Besides, as my friend Halden. asserted, photo quality produced by 類單眼 like SX40 isn’t that much different from that of regular consumer DC. (H., like many photography geeks/gurus stick to their (D)LSR (單眼).) If that’s true, then I don’t think I should care that much about the zoom.
So what to do? perhaps buying a new consumer digital camera with a zoom significantly larger than the 8x of my ZR1, which just celebrated its 2-year-old birthday (yeah right, as if I remember its birthday or, more accurately, the purchase date…). Choices include LUMIX ZS8, ZS10 (both of 16x), and imaginably pricier new ZS15 and ZS20 (respecitvely 16x and 20x).
I can rule out easily ZS10, 15 and 20, since all of them are equipped with GPS, which consumes way too much battery. Is it more important to make sure that all photos are automatically GPS-positioned or that I don’t have to worry about running out of battery after taking merely 150-200 photos? Of course the latter. Besides, all latter three have touch screens, a feature much complained among some.
What about ZS8 and 10? The following website compared them. 我想最重要的是，exactly what’s the difference between CMOS and CCD? CMOS真的有比CCD好很多嗎？需要因為CMOS而捨棄電池續航力強得多的ZS8（其實也和我的ZR1差不了多少）嗎？
Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS10
|Has a GPS||Yes||vs||No||
||Automatically geotags your photos when traveling|
|Higher resolution movies||1080p @ 30fps||vs||720p @ 30fps||
||Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video|
|Has a touch screen||Yes||vs||No||
||Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus|
|Records high-speed movies||220 fps||vs||None||
||Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion|
|Has a CMOS-family sensor||CMOS||vs||CCD||
||CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images|
|Higher resolution screen||460k dots||vs||230k dots||
||2x higher resolution screen|
|Shoots significantly faster||10 fps||vs||1.9 fps||
||Around 5.5x faster continuous shooting|