Hi Angus. I am almost decided on the Panasonic FZ-1000 which has a good Which review and is within my price range. I'm going to Campkins Cameras in Cambridge next week with my brother (who is more of a techie than I am) to try one out. Very exciting.
One question for you, though. I have read and reread your invaluable advice, and I wondered how I find out the sensor size - it doesn't seem to mention it in the Which report, unless they call it something else. I believe that's what effects the ability to take photos in relatively low light.
Many thanks for all your help
Larger sensors do give better results in low light as a rule of thumb (bigger area gathers more light). The Panasonic's is 13.2 x 8.8mm. In contrast, Canon DSLRs have either a "crop" sensor (22.2 x 14.8mm) or a "Full Frame" one at 36 x 24mm (give or take!). Bigger sensors also need bigger lumps of glass in front of them, which is why lenses designed for full-frame cameras are often large, heavy & expensive. Your phone's sensor is probably between 4 & 6mm wide (which is why dedicated cameras are still better when the light's poor)
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