« on: January 11, 2014, 12:05:03 PM »
Superzoom for a compact camera?
FWIW, back when my XT was my "good camera", I bought the SX20 for a trip to Florida. I wanted to travel light and didn't want to carry expensive gear with me. I used it for beach shots a Cocoa Beach and for touring Disney World with the family. It was liberating in a way. I didn't miss my XT because it was a 1,000 miles away. I was also more comfortable with the SX20 on the beach because I wasn't risking my good camera in the sand. For many hours at Disney, the light weight was very welcomed.
Shutter lag is something that truly drives me nuts with compacts. The SX20 is one of the quicker superzooms. It's successors seem to lag more. Still, since it was the only camera with me, I was resigned to making it work.
Today, I only use it for video because it has aut focus during video. I'm getting better with the manual focus video on the 5D3, but there are times when it's easier to grab the SX20.
After upgrading to the 60D/7D sensors and now the 5D3 sensor, I don't consider the SX20 anymore. Now "compact" either means the S100 or the 5D3 with the pancake. Incidently, the S100 has a slighter larger sensor than the SX cameras and offers RAW images.
Looking back to that Florida trip, I got some great sunrise shots on the beach. For these, I do wish I had my 7D or a FF. For the Disney shots - the "we were there" memories shots, the SX20 images are fine. But, to do the trip over, I'd take my 5D3. Sure, it's a lot heavier, but I've also discovered Think Tank belts, holsters, and the Peak Design Capture Clip, which makes it much more comfortable to carry the big lenses.
Full frame will spoil you and change the way you approach photography.