100 yard photo comparison
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We tested the following cameras at approximately 100 yards, in average light, taking photos of a cormorant. We didn't fiddle about too much, really just lined the target up and took the picture, with focus, exposure and everything else set to automatic. The images have not be tweaked with any auto adjust features, so you can make you own minds up about which are best at the different ranges.
We used the optical zoom, and zoomed in with the digital zoom where there was one. However neither the Panasonic nor the Olympus have a digital zoom so the image is purely the optical zoom that we have cropped.
The Olympus image was taken a few weeks after the others, and typically there were no cormorants on site at he time, and I am not sure of a picure of a few branches helps much.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 digital crop/zoom Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 optical zoom
Canon SX10IS digital zoom Canon SX10IS digital zoom
Nikon Coolpix P90 digital zoom Nikon Coolpix P90 24X optical zoom