The so-called ' Travel Zoom ' category was not really about-the first camera that could really claim the label was the Panasonic TZ1, published in 2006. The idea of a wide-angle zoom lens in a compact form factor really (as opposed to a ' bridge ' or DSLR) has obvious appeal of mass and as a result, all major camera manufacturers (and a couple of minor ones too) have been pulling out all the stops in an effort to meet this demand.
Therefore, this test group covers a lot more cameras over the last event of this kind, that we published a year ago. Since then, introduces new compact wide zoom lines, the likes of Casio and Nikon, and those established as Panasonic ZS/TZ series, have matured.The appeal of the so-called ' travel zoom ' is obvious. If you've ever taken a DSLR via on holiday you know how much mass that occupies in your luggage. For a lot of people, even die-hard DSLR users, carrying a big camera around all day is just a pain. For most of us, the lower weight and versatility associated with a more compact that far exceeds punishment inevitable in terms of performance than an interchangeable lens camera of larger size. All cameras in this test roundup are small compared to a DSLR and although no one is exactly in the ultra-compact ' class ', almost all of them are pocketable, despite the huge packaging zoom ranges. Even the cheapest camera in this group covers, the Kodak EasyShare Z950, an impressive 10 x optical zoom range equivalent to 35-350 mm. zoom of this type are made possible because the sensors inside these cameras are very small compared to sensors inside DSLRs. Because the size of a lens is directly related to its required imaging circle smaller circle imaging (defined by the size of the sensor) the smaller the lens must be. Sensors on these cameras are almost all the same size, about 1/2.3, which is equivalent to the real dimensions of 6.1.6 mm-much smaller than any interchangeable lens camera.How has expanded the zoom of the travel marketplace, technology has advanced. One of the most obvious effects of increased competition in this sector is the increased sophistication of products, especially as regards the viewing angle are the lenses. Recital 35 mm used to be considered a ' standard ', many of the cameras that we're seeing here range from 24 mm over 200 mm, which in theory, makes them barely able, when dealing with intimate interiors and landscapes as distant telephoto shots. The Samsung HZ35W/WB650 covers the broadest range, from 24 mm to end wide 360 mm tele, but none of these cameras can be rightly criticised for packaging not slow enough for their asking price.Canon SX210 ISCasio EX-FH 100Fujfiilm FinePix F80EXRFujifilm FinePix JZ500Kodak EasyShare Z950Olympus Mju 9010 * Nikon Coolpix S8000Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS 5 & 7 (TZ8 and TZ10 in Europe), Ricoh CX3Samsung HZ35W (WB650 in Europe) Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H 55Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX 5
* Note: Unlike its predecessor ?/stylus 9000, the ?-9010 is not available in the United States.Of course, there's a lot more of these cameras to these ' bare bones ' of the specification, but this table is a good enough Guide to key features of all the models that we're testing here. As you can see, some specifications, particularly as regards the size of the sensor and ISO span, are more or less standard from model to model, but there are some distinctions.
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* Maximum ISO settings available only at reduced resolution