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A new Bridge Camera: the Nikon P510 or the Panasonic FZ200 ?

After our Nikon Coolpix 8800 did not work correctly anymore (probably sand in the camera) we had to choice to send it to Nikon and let it be repaired for 80 euro at least (or it could possibly not be be repaired and then we would get a message back) OR buy a new camera.

Since I own:

  1. the Nikon Coolpix 775 (still works, biting dust in my drawer) (2002)
  2. the Nikon Coolpix 8800 (see above, sand) (2004)
  3. the Nikon Coolpix S9100 (2011)

It would be logical to look for a new bridge camera in the same order, such as the Nikon Coolpix P510 (42x optical zoom!)but I have read many good stories on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 also.

DpReview shows how cool 42 optical zoom is, on the left picture you see a small house on the background, on the right picture, taken from the same position, the house … (!)

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But… I have read SO many great stuff on the Panasonic FZ200  that I will probably go for the FZ200 ending my Nikon strike.

(But… maybe I should wait on the photokina 2012 first…) (which is in 21 days…)