Bridge cameras, also sometimes called zoom cameras, are cameras that lets you zoom in to focus on very distant subjects. These also obtain wide angle shots and happen to be bigger and chunkier than basic point-and-shoot cameras. What are the advantages of having a bridge camera aside from its powerful zoom lens? Though a bridge camera can be bulky in size, it has excellent macro performance.
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See the specifications sheet here. Information on shooting speed, battery life, etc. Test Results In keeping with my standard test policy, the comments given here summarize only my key findings. Not sure which camera to buy? Let your eyes be the ultimate judge! Visit our Comparometer tm to compare images from the DX with those from other cameras you may be considering. The proof is in the pictures, so let your own eyes decide which you like best! As with all Imaging Resource product tests, I encourage you to let your own eyes be the judge of how well the camera performed.
Color: Pleasing color, with a tendency toward slight reddish casts. The slight reddish cast is most evident in the form of skin tones that are a little more pink than in real life.
The DX left the Indoor Portrait shots a little warm-toned, but the net result was photos that nicely evoked the warmth of the original scene, without seeming too yellow or red.
All in all, a nice job. Exposure: Generally accurate exposure, but high contrast. The DX Zoom did a pretty good job with exposure, requiring lower than average positive exposure compensation on the "Sunlit" and Indoor portraits. The DX Zoom performed well on the "laboratory" resolution test chart. It started showing artifacts in the test patterns at resolutions as low as lines per picture height, in both horizontal and vertical directions.
I found "strong detail" out to at least 1, lines, although some reviewers might argue for 1, lines or higher. I tend to be more conservative than some in my evaluation of res-target results, being unwilling to credit cameras for resolution levels at which artifacts begin to dominate over subject detail. Image Noise Low image noise, but a fair bit of subtle subject detail traded away to manage it.
The DX Zoom performed pretty well in the macro category, capturing a minimum area of only 2. Resolution was very high, and a lot of fine detail was visible in the brooch, coins, and dollar bill.
Details were fairly sharp overall, but softened in the four corners of the frame. The brooch and coins are already slightly soft from the shallow depth of field at such a close shooting range. Color and exposure both looked good. Definitely plan on using external lighting for macro shots. Night Shots: Good low-light shooting performance, with fairly low noise and good color. Autofocus works down to very low light levels. Noise was actually pretty low at ISOs 80 to , though it became more apparent at the and settings, as you might expect.
At ISO , the camera restricts the image size to the 1. Overall, I was surprised by how little the image noise seemed to increase at low light levels relative to levels I saw under daylight conditions. Apparently, having taken the hit for reduced subject detail up front, few additional tradeoffs had to be made at low light levels. The LCD monitor was also very accurate, since it shows the same view, just on a larger screen. Optical Distortion: Lower than average barrel and pincushion distortion, variable chromatic aberration.
Optical distortion on the DX Zoom was lower than average at the wide-angle end, where I measured approximately 0. On average, consumer digicams tend to show about 0. Chromatic aberration was moderate at wide angle and medium focal lengths, but high at the telephoto end, showing eight or more pixels of moderate coloration on either side of the target lines. This distortion is visible as a slight colored fringe around the objects at the edges of the field of view on the resolution target.
With a full-autofocus shutter delay that ranges from 0. Most consumer digicams have shutter lag in the range from 0. Shutter delay is very short 0. Cycle times are unimpressive, at 3. Note that this paragraph has been revised from the initial posting of this review. I initially gave the DX poor marks for its shutter lag at telephoto focal lengths.
Battery Life: Very good battery life. I still recommend purchasing a second battery along with the camera, but more casual shooters may find that the battery supplied with the camera will pack enough power for their usage. Print Quality: Sharp 11x14 prints, acceptable 13x19 ones, high-ISO much less of an issue in 4x6 prints. Looking back at the and printing a wide variety of its photos on our "reference standard" Canon i studio printer and the Canon Pixma iP in our office, I found that the loss of fine detail that I complained about onscreen is much less apparent even in fairly large prints.
Most users would be quite hard pressed to see it in 8x10s, and even 13x19s, while a little soft-looking, would be acceptable for wall display. The minor color casts I noticed on-screen were again much less apparent in high-quality inkjet prints.
Likewise, the rather high contrast that caused the camera to lose detail in strong highlights was part and parcel of the exceptionally vibrant prints it produced. Image noise was still somewhat of an issue at ISO , but even there, 4x6 prints would almost certainly be acceptable to the majority of consumers.
Conclusion Free Photo Lessons Simple pro lighting and use tips let you snap stunning photos. Check out our free Photo School area! A wide range of preset scene modes help with special shooting conditions, while the Custom mode is handy for saving a set of frequently-used exposure settings. The 5. The DX is a perfect choice for novices who want to learn a little as they go, while more experienced users will appreciate the more advanced features it has to offer.
Overall, an excellent choice for a long-zoom digicam, particularly for families with a range of photographic skills among their members.
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See the specifications sheet here. Information on shooting speed, battery life, etc. Test Results In keeping with my standard test policy, the comments given here summarize only my key findings. Not sure which camera to buy?
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