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Sony vs Canon vs Panasonic vs Fujifilm GPS Zoom Cameras

Sony vs Canon vs Panasonic vs Fujifilm GPS Zoom Cameras - We test the latest GPS Travel zoom, the Sony Cybershot HX9v vs Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR vs Canon Powershot SX230 HS vs Panasonic Lumix TZ20.

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Category : Compact Cameras
Product : Sony Cyber-shot HX9V
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Canon Powershot SX230, Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR, Sony Cybershot HX9v, Panasonic Lumix TZ20 Size Comparison
Announced at the beginning of 2011, these four pocket zoom cameras are designed to make the perfect travel companion, small enough to fit in your pocket, with enough optical zoom to cover almost any photographic situation, these cameras all have GPS built in so you can pin-point your travel photos. If you are looking for the definition of "travel zoom" then these cameras are it.

GPS Travel Zoom Comparison Features


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The camera's offer 14x optical zoom up to 16x optical zoom, with the Canon Powershot SX230 offering 14x optical zoom, the Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR offering 15x optical zoom and the Sony Cybershot HX9v and Panasonic Lumix TZ20 both offering 16x optical zoom. All of the cameras also feature high speed "CMOS" sensors to enable high speed shooting, some quicker than others. They all offer Full HD video with stereo sound, manual controls, fully automatic modes, and one of them even features RAW support.



Panasonic is the only model to not feature a pop-up flash - if a pop-up flash is going to frustrate you, then the Panasonic TZ20 is worth looking at. However, I personally wasn't too concerned by the pop-up flashes in the other cameras, as they were easy enough to push back down or disable - excluding the F550, which didn't like the flash to be pushed down.

Sony - the Sony appeared to have the quickest GPS response, and most useful display of GPS positioning. However this was not tested scientifically. Features wise, the Sony has a large number of options regarding movie quality, it's as though Sony has really covered all potential uses of the video mode.



Fujifilm - RAW support - EXR sensor - different layout of sensor colour array results in the camera being able to switch to 8mp mode and effectively increase dynamic range / and low noise results with one shot, rather than having to combine a number of different shots.

Canon - despite having the least amount of optical zoom, "just" 14x optical zoom, the Canon also has the least wide angle view, starting at 28mm, this means that it has the longest telephoto reach, zooming to 392mm equivalent. The Canon also features an infra-red receiver for use with a remote control.

Features compared: highlighted in green is the best feature, and red, the worst feature.

  Panasonic Lumix TZ20 Canon Powershot SX230 Sony Cybershot HX9v Fujifilm FinePix F550
Megapixels 14.1 12.1 16.2 16.2
Sensor type CMOS (not backlit) Backlit CMOS Backlit "Exmor R" CMOS Backlit CMOS EXR
Sensor size 1/2.3 1/2.3 1/2.3 1/2
ISO Range* 100-1600 100-3200 100-3200 100-3200
RAW No No No Yes
Continuous* 10fps 2.5fps 10fps 8fps
Screen 3inch, 460k 3inch, 16:9, 461k 3inch, 921k 3inch, 460k
Zoom 16x 14x 16x 15x
Wide (35mm equiv) 24mm 28mm 24mm 24mm
Telephoto (35mm) 384mm 392mm 384mm 360mm
Lens Aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.1-5.9 f/3.3-5.9 f/3.5-5.3
Video Full HD Full HD Full HD Full HD
Macro 3cm 5cm 5cm 5cm
IS Type Optical Optical Optical CMOS-shift
HDR Yes i-contrast Yes: Backlight HDR DR: 1600%
Battery Life 260 210 410/300** 300
Size (mm) 104.9 x 57.6 x 33.4
105.7 x 61.6 x 33.2 104.8 x 59 x 33.9 103.5 x 62.5 x 32.6
Price £275 £265 £299 £233

*Options available at highest resolution available on the camera, faster shooting or higher options may be available at lower resolution, for details see the full review of each camera. **Sony's site states 410 shots, the box states 300 shots - we think 300 is more realistic.

GPS Travel Zoom Comparison Handling




Handling: The Sony Cybershot HX9v and the Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR stand out as the easiest to hold onto, with useful rubber grips at the back and front of the cameras, as well as well labelled scroll wheels. The Canon has a scroll wheel, but the functions aren't labelled, and the camera gives very little grip, with the mode dial taking up much of the back of the camera, where you rest your thumb. The Panasonic offers a grip on the front and bumps on the back but it would be nice to see a rubber grip as shown on the Sony. The Panasonic and Sony cameras, despite their dimensions appearing the smallest, are actually the largest cameras when pocketed, with the Canon and Fujifilm cameras feeling the most compact in hand.



Menus: The Canon menus were good - with Func giving quick access to the most regularly used features. The Sony menus were good with the Menu button giving quick access to all the photographic features (meaning entering the full Setup menus should be quite rare). The Panasonic menus were good - with the Q.Menu (Quick Menu) button giving quick access to the most regularly used features. The Fujifilm menus try to give quick access to commonly used options with the F (FinePix) button, but you regularly find yourself using the Menu button to set options, and some of the photographic options (such as switching RAW on and off) is found in the Setup menu, making navigation and setting the options occasionally confusing / time consuming.

Battery Life: The problem with cramming so many features, electronics and so much zoom into what is effectively a compact camera, is that everything needs to be miniaturised, including the battery, which could result in lower than expected battery life, especially if using GPS regularly.

  Panasonic TZ20 Canon SX230 Sony HX9v Fujifilm F550
CIPA / Quoted 260 210 (CIPA) 300 / 410 300
Battery Power 895mAh 3.6v 3.3wh 1120mAh 3.7v 960mAh 3.6v 3.4wh 1000mAh 3.6v 3.4wh
Actual 260+ 200+ 300 190

We managed to get a good amount of shot from the Panasonic, exceeding the expected amount of shots, especially when using the high speed shooting modes. The Canon managed to shoot as many as expected, although expectations were quite low to begin with. The Sony matched the box specifications of 300 shots, but did not get anywhere near the website's claimed 410 shots - the Sony has the (physically) largest battery of the cameras, although the rating isn't as high as some of the others. The Fujifilm FinePix F550 was the most disappointing at missed the expected battery life by quite a large margin, perhaps due to the GPS device struggling to get a lock quickly.

Canon Powershot SX230, Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR, Sony Cybershot HX9v, Panasonic Lumix TZ20 Back Screens

Speed: We tested the Canon Powershot SX230 HS, the Panasonic Lumix TZ20, Sony Cybershot HX9v and Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR, taking 6 shots with each camera, and using the average to ensure consistent results.


Panasonic TZ20 Canon SX230 Sony HX9v
Fujifilm F550
Shutter Response* <0.05 0.05
<0.05 <0.05
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.25 0.35
0.20 0.20
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response 0.25 0.40
0.20 0.20
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 2.2s 1.8s
2.0s 3.7s
Shot to Shot (without flash) 1.2s 1.8s
1.0s 2.4s
Shot to Shot with Flash 2.0s 3.2s
1.9s 2.5s
Continuous Shooting
(full resolution)
6fps (14 shots) 2.5fps 10fps
(10 shots)
8fps (8 shots)
Continuous shooting (with flash) N/A 1.2s N/A N/A

The Canon Powershot SX230 has the slowest continuous shooting of the four cameras tested, and considering all cameras are using CMOS sensors then the camera should theoretically be able to shoot as quickly as the others. However, saying that, the 2.5fps is still respectable and still faster than a lot of other cameras (for example CCD based cameras). A quicker 8.1fps shooting mode is available at a lower resolution. The SX230 is also the only camera to offer continuous shooting with flash at full resolution (the TZ20 has a scene mode that allows continuous shooting with flash, but at a lower resolution). Switch on time is the quickest with the SX230 perhaps due to the shortest zoom lens, and the shot to shot time is very quick.

The Fujifilm FinePix F550 has a good number of options for continuous shooting: No. of shots: 4, 8, 16, 32. 8fps full resolution (max 8 shots), 11fps at Medium (8mp), max 16 frames / or 32 frames at S (Small, 4mp).

The fast performance of the HX9v is rather impressive, with the quickest continuous shooting available, the quickest shot to shot time with or without flash, and a very quick switch on time (only beaten by the Canon Powershot SX230 HS). The camera also has the fastest focusing time, joint with the Fujifilm FinePix F550.

The Panasonic Lumix TZ20 should in theory be able to match the HX9v and has the largest number of continuous shooting options, and very good shot to shot times, quick focusing, and quick switch on time. The TZ20 is also unique as the only camera to offer 5fps continuous AF shooting.

GPS Performance: All of the cameras feature GPS - this means that when it's switched on - the camera will record the GPS location data into the EXIF information in the JPEG file, so that you can pinpoint your location exactly.

The Sony seemed very quick to lock on to the signal, and successfully recorded the GPS location in the file, in the EXIF data. The Panasonic was very successful at recording GPS data, as you can set the camera to leave the GPS device on, even when the camera is off (at the expense of battery life). The Panasonic will also update the camera's date and time using GPS data. The Canon - seemed quick at getting the signal., and recorded the GPS data correctly in a large number of images. The Fujifilm was able to get the GPS data and attach it into the EXIF data, however, of all the cameras, this seemed to struggle the most at locking on to the GPS signal. The F550 can also record the GPS location data in a text file for reference at a later date.


GPS Travel Zoom Comparison Performance


Portrait - test with flash, shows the camera's flash performance, detail in low light, and whether the camera boosts ISO settings, with the higher ISO settings resulting is less detail.

Panasonic Lumix TZ20 Canon Powershot SX230 Sony Cybershot HX9v Fujifilm FinePix F550
Canon Powershot SX230 HS
Portrait, ISO400 Portrait, ISO250 Portrait, ISO200 Portrait, ISO400

Portrait: The Sony has good detail and great colour - red eye is most noticeable in this shot, however, in a number of other portrait shots, the Sony did not produce this level of red-eye. The Canon shows great detail although the shot is very slightly underexposed. The Fujifilm has fuzzy detail - better results should be possible by manually selecting a lower ISO. The Panasonic has low detail with fuzzy hair - better results should be possible by manually selecting a lower ISO.

Auto White Balance under tungsten light:

Panasonic Lumix TZ20 Canon Powershot SX230 Sony Cybershot HX9v Fujifilm FinePix F550
Canon Powershot SX230 HS
AWB Tungsten, ISO100 AWB Tungsten, ISO200 AWB Tungsten, ISO200 AWB Tungsten, ISO200

The Panasonic produces great results for white balance (not for detail - detail is worst on the Panasonic). The Canon does a good job for white balance, detail is also very good (highest). The Sony and Fujifilm results show a yellow cast to the image, and the Sony results are highly (too) saturated. The Fujifilm is 2nd best for detail.

Auto White Balance under fluorescent light: In this test more of the image is in the shadow / shade area, particularly the area in the middle of the photo.

Panasonic Lumix TZ20 Canon Powershot SX230 Sony Cybershot HX9v Fujifilm FinePix F550
AWB - Fluorescent, ISO100 AWB - Fluorescent, ISO200 AWB - Fluorescent, ISO200 AWB - Fluorescent, ISO200

The Canon does very well with white balance, you'll also be able to see if you view these at full resolution, the Canon resolves the most detail despite the camera's lowest resolution of 12.1 megapixels vs the 14.1 megapixel Panasonic (that simply blurs the details), and the Sony with 16.2 megapixel that also blurs the detail in the Crumpler case in the middle. The Fujifilm FinePix F550 manages to keep almost as much detail as the 12 megapixel Canon!

ISO Noise results: Shown here are the ISO100 / lowest ISO settings - these should produce low noise images. Highest ISO setting available at full resolution on the Panasonic is ISO1600, so for fairness we have included the ISO1600 shots from the other cameras, even though they go higher at full resolution.

Panasonic Lumix TZ20 Canon Powershot SX230 Sony Cybershot HX9v Fujifilm FinePix F550
ISO100 ISO100 ISO100 ISO100
ISO1600 ISO1600 ISO1600 ISO1600

At ISO100, the Fujifilm has the cleanest, noise free images. The Sony comes second. The Canon third with the Panasonic showing the noisiest images. At ISO1600 the Canon - manages to keep colour, and detail, even in some of the darker colours, while the Sony and Fuji struggle to keep detail / colour. After the Canon, the Sony and Fujifilm show less noise than the Panasonic. It's worth noting that the Fujifilm has the strongest lens distortion (pincushion) as well as blur at the top of the images. The Panasonic has extremely noisy images at ISO1600, which goes some way to explain why you can't use anything higher than ISO1600 at full resolution on this camera.

Forest shot - this test shot has a lot of trees with bright sky behind, in circumstances like this you will find high levels of purple fringing, particularly if the camera / lens is prone to this.

Panasonic Lumix TZ20 Canon Powershot SX230 Sony Cybershot HX9v Fujifilm FinePix F550
Forest, ISO200 Forest, ISO160 Forest, ISO100 Forest, ISO250

The Panasonic shows very little purple fringing. After this the Fujifilm  shows less purple fringing than the Sony and Canon, however, it also shows chromatic aberration (in other colours such as green), and also a lot of lens distortion in the top right of the image, and on the right hand side of the image. The Canon and Sony show similar amounts of purple fringing, it's just that the Sony's is a deeper shade of purple making it more obvious in the shot. Detail is good throughout the frame from the Sony, Canon and Panasonic.

Lens Performance (wide-angle)

Panasonic Lumix TZ20 Canon Powershot SX230 Sony Cybershot HX9v Fujifilm FinePix F550
 Wide, 24mm, ISO100 Wide, 28mm, ISO100 Wide, 24mm, ISO100 Wide, 24mm, ISO400

In these shots, the Canon shows the most purple fringing, followed by the Fujifilm. The Canon has very good detail, and oddly the Fujifilm seems to have the widest angle view despite the three cameras having the same 24mm equivalent. The Fujifilm also shows the most distortion of the image with the right hand side being softest. Despite the Sony showing a lot of purple fringing in the Forest shot above, there is hardly any at all in in this shot.

The Sony and the Canon capture the most detail, followed by the Panasonic, then last of all the Fuji. The Fuji results are poor, as the camera has selected ISO400, due to Dynamic Range expansion being set to Auto, this means the camera will boost the ISO setting to improve dynamic range, switching this off or manually setting the ISO would produce better results. The foliage on the building looks blurry, and the black railings just seem to blur into the background, while the other cameras show good detail on the foliage and well defined railings.

Lens Performance (full optical zoom)

Panasonic Lumix TZ20 Canon Powershot SX230 Sony Cybershot HX9v Fujifilm FinePix F550
Full zoom 384mm, ISO125 Full zoom 392mm, ISO160 Full zoom 384mm, ISO100 Full zoom 360mm, ISO100

The Canon shows the most detail despite the 12mp sensor (although the zoom must make up for this slightly), but also has the highest purple fringing. The Panasonic has some purple fringing (but not a lot). The Sony none at all (impressive), and the Fuji has none, but the image quality is the lowest of all the cameras (perhaps due to the anti-shake sensor not performing as well as optical lens based image stabilisation). The Sony and Panasonic have disappointing levels of detail compared to the Canon.

Macro Performance

Panasonic Lumix TZ20 Canon Powershot SX230 Sony Cybershot HX9v Fujifilm FinePix F550
Macro, ISO200 Macro, ISO160 Macro, ISO800 Macro, ISO400


The Panasonic can get the closest to the subject, but the use of ISO200 means the detail is quite low, it would have been better to use ISO100. The Fujifilm comes a close second with the Fujifilm just edging slightly ahead of the Sony (although this could be due to ISO setting chosen).  Last of all is the Canon, which struggled to match the Sony and Fuji, which is odd, as all three cameras state the closest focusing distance as 5cm, however, the subject is very sharp and the image when viewed at full size is good.

Video

All the cameras are capable of recording Full HD video with stereo sound, and the use of optical zoom is possible while recording. Some also offer high speed video recording, often at a reduced resolution. The Sony and the Panasonic models have the most options including high quality compression. The Panasonic's video quality is very good with lots of options including recording as AVCHD, or Motion JPEG, as well as 220fps high speed video (at reduced resolution). The Canon's video quality is very good, with smooth zooming. The Fujifilm seemed to hunt the most at telephoto, but has 320fps high speed shooting, at reduced resolution. See the individual reviews for more information.

Value for money

The Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR is the cheapest camera here, priced at around £230, next is the Canon Powershot SX230 HS priced at £265, the Panasonic Lumix TZ20 is £275, while the Sony Cybershot HX9v is £299. Also to consider, the Casio Exilim H20G (£195), and Sony Cybershot HX7v (£265) - both with GPS and 10x optical zoom lens.

GPS Travel Zoom Comparison Verdict

Comparing cameras side by side always makes for an interesting comparison, as it highlights each cameras strengths and weaknesses more prominently. What's interesting is that it doesn't write off any of the cameras shown here, but does help highlight which cameras are more suited for each situation. Here you'll find out what we think are the key strengths and weaknesses of these cameras, and which you choose, based on your own personal needs, will be up to you...

Panasonic Lumix TZ20
The Panasonic Lumix TZ20 - Read the full review.

It's pretty clear that the Panasonic Lumix TZ20 doesn't feature the lowest noise images of the cameras, (with especially noisy images at higher ISO settings) but the Panasonic is still capable of producing good images in the right circumstances. It has the closest macro focusing distance, as well as the lowest levels of purple fringing, and the second best battery life. Features are good, and include a unique 5fps continuous AF shooting mode, and the Panasonic Lumix TZ20 offers the most zoom along with the HX9v, and has some of the most advanced GPS options. Read the full review for more on the TZ20.

Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR
The Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR - Read the full review.

The Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR is let down by the lens - giving soft corners on the right hand side - and the images seem distorted compared to the other cameras with the same 24mm wide-angle. The Fujifilm is also let down by having the most confusing menu system out of all the cameras tested here, it's not to say that you can't get used to it, it's just that it isn't as easy as the other menu systems on offer. Noise is low at ISO100, and the price and size of the Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR make it a compelling camera, especially with 8fps shooting at full resolution, and 11fps at 8 megapixel, and RAW support. The Fujifilm packs a lot into one of the smallest most smooth bodies here, making it fit in even compact camera cases, and the rubber grips are good. Read the full review for more on the Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR.

Canon Powershot SX230 HS
The Canon Powershot SX230 HS - Read the full review.

The Canon Powershot SX230 HS produces great images in a variety of settings, giving impressive levels of detail despite having "only" 12 megapixels, with low noise at high ISO settings, in fact, it's likely that this works in the cameras favour, as the higher megapixel cameras have to use increasingly strong noise-reduction to produce images. It's also available in the coolest colour: blue. It's one of the more compact cameras, gives the longest telephoto reach (at the expense of wide angle), and is the second cheapest camera on offer. Although on the flip-side, it offers the slowest continuous shooting, at just 2.5fps at full resolution, while the other cameras offer roughly four times quicker continuous shooting. Read the full review for more on the Canon Powershot SX230 HS.

Sony Cybershot HX9v GPS
The Sony Cybershot HX9v - Read the full review.

The Sony Cybershot HX9v scores highly for a lot of things such as features, handling, battery life, speed, good menus, good GPS implementation, good image quality, and overall offers an excellent package, and if there is one camera that stands out in this comparison, it's the Sony. The Sony also has the most advanced sweep panoramic modes, including a vertical mode that will take a massive 42.9 megapixel photo! However, the camera comes at a price, as the most expensive camera on offer here, but it's one, that we think is well worth spending. The Sony wins by a landslide, and is our "Editor's Choice" Read the full review for more on the Sony Cybershot HX9v, where it was Highly Recommended.

Buy Online: Sony Cybershot HX9v £299 from WarehouseExpress
Buy Online: Canon Powershot SX230 HS £265 from Amazon UK
Buy Online: Panasonic Lumix TZ20 £275 from WarehouseExpress
Buy Online: Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR £239 from WarehouseExpress

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Comments


18 Jun 2011 2:57AM
You show that the Fuji is RED in the sensor size category, but a 1/2" sensor is actually larger than a 1/2.3" sensor. The Fuji should be GREEN.

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joshwa e2
3 593 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2011 8:45AM
Fixed, thanks.
MarioV 3 Australia
18 Jun 2011 1:02PM
Great comparo.
And I completely agree with your previous Nikon S9100 verdict.
Are there any plans to review the Olympus SZ-30 soon?
The HX9V has always been #1 for me, but then I get seduced by more zoom by the Oly..
Cheers.
MarioV 3 Australia
18 Jun 2011 1:18PM
ok sorry, those 2 arent GPS.. but still.. Smile
joshwa e2
3 593 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2011 9:48PM

Quote: Great comparo.
And I completely agree with your previous Nikon S9100 verdict.
Are there any plans to review the Olympus SZ-30 soon?
The HX9V has always been #1 for me, but then I get seduced by more zoom by the Oly..
Cheers.

Yes, shortly Smile
VoLum 3
19 Jun 2011 1:25AM
It would have been interesting to see how Fuji looks like if it had been shot in 8 MP (M size Fine). Thank you for the effort.
Zellig 3
19 Jun 2011 8:36AM
In the real world, the Sony is a total loser as a GPS camera.

I just came back from a trip and the majority of my photos are NOT tagged with GPS data.

The problem is that the Sony has to reacquire the GPS data every time you turn it on. Unfortunately, most people turn on the camera just before they are to take a shot, then they take the shot and turn off the camera.

So the Sony fails to obtain and write GPS data unless you turn it on, wait for a few minutes, then take your shot. Just stupid.

So, the Sony largely FAILS as a GPS camera, since most of the photos I've taken with it are not tagged.

My old Panasonic tagged every single photo, from cold start. I fully understand that it drains the battery, but I had a choice to turn off the GPS when I wanted to, and even with GPS running full time, the Panasonic lasted three or four days. I'd rather change a battery more often, but get my photos tagged, so I know where I took them.

My Sony is going back. For traveling, the GPS part is practically defective.
19 Jun 2011 12:49PM
Just the review I've been waiting for - thanks

Just one little niggle: you mention that "the Sony has the largest batteries of the cameras, with the highest rating (mah)", but the table above this shows the Canon with the highest at 1120mAh

Shame that the Sony is in short supply at present - this is perhaps keeping the price up.

For me the only other possible contender is the Olympus SZ-30MR - will be interesting to see your review - I suspect the Sony will remain winner
MarioV 3 Australia
19 Jun 2011 1:42PM

Quote:
For me the only other possible contender is the Olympus SZ-30MR - will be interesting to see your review - I suspect the Sony will remain winner

Agreed. But I'm thinking the photo and video quality in the SZ-30 may be quite good too. Probably not as good as the Sony, but good nonetheless. Slightly less pocketable but ok in baggier pockets/cargo pants. The added zoom would be fun to use.

The other issue with the SZ-30 is the small battery capacity - something like 930 mAh. Might be worthwhile looking for a higher capacity replacement. batteries arent that expensive.

It is difficult to ignore the superb video of the HX9V though..
joshwa e2
3 593 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2011 11:55PM
Zelig - I found the Panasonic with the option to keep GPS always on meant it was the most successful out of all of them at getting GPS. Hopefully that came across in the conclusion for the TZ20 and in the GPS section. However, I found the lock-on speed of the Sony quick enough that it tagged a lot of photos.

Bluedog69 - I meant to fix that before it went live, fixed now, thanks Smile

MarioV (+others) - The SZ-30 battery life isn't too bad - I've taken around 360 photos with just one charge. Although a lot will have been on the high speed shooting mode (around 100+). With such a huge zoom, it's helpful to leave it on high speed shooting and take 3-4 shots every time to make sure you get them sharp.
joshwa e2
3 593 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2011 12:00AM
Volum
Quote: It would have been interesting to see how Fuji looks like if it had been shot in 8 MP (M size Fine). Thank you for the effort.

See the full review of the Fuji F550 EXR: http://www.ephotozine.com/article/fujifilm-finepix-f550exr-gps-camera-review-16271 - there are a lot of 8mp sample shots available.
VoLum 3
20 Jun 2011 3:00AM
Thank you.
22 Jun 2011 5:37PM
I agree with Zellig and shall add that although the newer HX9V GPS has relatively fast acquisition times, that's not useful if it's not translated into geotagged PHOTOS. Tongue

In the older HX5V you always had some geotagging information stored in the camera when turning it on, even if not a correct fix, the camera have icons to show whether the fix was correct or not. This could also be turned on/off in the Easy Mode. So virtually every click resulted in a geotagged photo.

In the HX9V, the option to store the last fix for geotagging is always OFF, I repeat, always OFF, so you'd always have to wait from 20 seconds and up to three minutes to acquire a new GPS fix. During this time there would be no geotagging in ANY photo. In the real world you also lose the capability to shot geotagged indoors, and that equals to MAYBE 1 in a 100 geotagged photos to meSad. If you know how to correct this, you'd be my hero.

My point here is that there's no use having a GPS camera if it cannot provide geotagging to the actual photos. When you turn on the HX9V, take the picture and after having the picture taken the GPS may or may not acquire a fix, I call that useless.

So you may call the HX5V a real GPS geotagging camera Grin, the HX9V you may not. Sad
23 Jun 2011 7:39AM
On the PANASONIC camera (I own a ZS7) the actual GPS location appears-Tested in Holland,Belgium,Luxembourg,Czech Republic, Germany.My country's map ISRAEL-is omitted.
landmn 3
26 Jun 2011 10:15AM
Why the wall and the skin tone of the girl in the Sony portrait photo are so brighter then the other photos?
Does flash has more range? or this photo take in other conditions?
26 Jun 2011 4:44PM

Quote:
In the real world you also lose the capability to shot geotagged indoors, and that equals to MAYBE 1 in a 100 geotagged photos to meSad. If you know how to correct this, you'd be my hero.


No gps will give 100% success rate - they do have to receive data from satellites after all. I look upon these gps systems in compact cameras as a back up for when I don't have my Garmin Legend with me. A dedicated unit such as this is more sensitive than an in camera unit, but will still not always work indoors, and also takes position fixes more frequently - therefore giving a more accurate position.

It is a simple matter to geotag using free software such as Copiks Photo Mapper (tip - take a picture of your Garmin's time readout and use this to adjust/correct the time the shot was taken - your camera is unlikely to record an accurate time)

You'll still have some pic's for which you don't have a gps fix. For those you could use something like Picasa 3 (again free) and manually geotag by dragging pic's onto the map.

I've just got back from a retired greyhounds walk & geotagged my pictures with Copiks

http://picasaweb.google.com/Roger.Ding.Dong/HolywellBayRGTWalk
13 Jul 2011 2:03PM
Thanks for the helpful reviews on this site - I have purchased a Sony HX9V

Initial thoughts - for viewing on computer/tv and prints up to around 12x10 this is a great little camera

I'm still experimenting with the various modes and have started an HX9V section with various 'real world' samples at:
http://picasaweb.google.com/Roger.Ding.Dong/

On my wish list for firmware updates would be a greater autobracket range +/- 2EV rather than current +/-1EV, and a 'continuous shooting' mode (ie keeps taking pics as quickly as possible eg 1 fps until card is full or finger lifted from shutter button - my old canon S3IS does this in 'sport' mode
LucyLu 2
17 Jul 2011 10:42PM
Way to go Sony.

2011 - The Year of the HX9V.

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