Breaking Surf

F-stop, f/2.8, ISO-1600, 35mm focal length 239, exposure 1/200 sec.

The most significant trade-off between a bridge (superzoom) camera and DSLR is the size of the sensor. A larger sensor can hold more pixels resulting in clearer, more detailed photographs. I noted in my last post that I bought a superzoom to take photos of the moon. You can see in these surf photos that clarity and detail are sacrificed for the benefit of having a long zoom.

Comparing my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 with the FZ1000 we see that the latter camera has upgraded specifications.

Sensor Size:  (FZ200) 1/2.3 inch –(FZ1000) 1 inch

Megapixels: (FZ200) 12.10 mp –(FZ1000) 20.1 mp

Zoom: (FZ200) 24x –(FZ1000) 16x

While the FZ200 has a longer zoom, the FZ1000 will produce more detailed photos. This is most noticeable when you enlarge, or crop a photo. Sensor size is not an issue for prints up to 8×11, but a cropped shot will display significant distortion (noise).

If your goal is to produce quality stills, or you digitally process your photos then you won’t be satisfied with a smaller sensor.

These sample photos have all been cropped. The distortion is clearly evident, but they are perfectly adequate for posting on social media.

F-stop, f/2.8, ISO-640, 35mm focal length 313, exposure 1/300 sec.

The following shot has been cropped twice. Cropping basically enlarges the photo, and magnifies the imperfections.

F-stop, f/2.8, ISO-640, 35mm focal length 62, exposure 1/250 sec.

This was an incredible shot. The surfer was actually walking on water! That’s his board floating nearby. The wave tossed him 3-feet in the air, and he took a couple of steps before splashing down. How often does a photographer get a chance to capture a shot like this?

F-stop, f/2.8, ISO-1000, 35mm focal length 62, exposure 1/250 sec.

F-stop, f/2.8, ISO-1600, 35mm focal length 62, exposure 1/250 sec.
F-stop, f/2.8, ISO-1000, 35mm focal length 62, exposure 1/250 sec.
F-stop, f/2,8, ISO-1600, 35mm focal length 62, exposure 1/160 sec.
F-stop, f/2.8, ISO-250, 35mm focal length 28, exposure 1/125 sec.
F-stop, f/2.8, ISO-400, 35mm focal length 57, exposure 1/250 sec.
F-stop, f/2.8, ISO-1600, 35mm focal length 62, exposure 1/200 sec.

This next guy was surfing backwards. You can see in the second photo the wave is breaking behind him, or towards the beach.

F-stop, f/2.8, ISO-1600, 35mm focal length 62, exposure 1/100 sec.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

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