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My older camera, the Samsung SL600, got something on its lens (a scratch, speck of dust, I don`t know) and all my pictures end up having a black blob over them. Since I`m taking Television Productions and maybe Journalism next year, I thought I`d invest in a good camera. I didn`t want to get a DSLR because people at my school tend to steal them more often, and also because I`d probably never buy the interchangeable lenses. So instead, I got a "bridge" (also called an ultrazoom) camera.
I use it primarily for filming. It shoots 1080p HD videos at, I believe, 24 fps, and 720p at 30 fps. It also shoots "super slow motion" video at 320x240, which is too low of resolution for any use to me.
This camera also takes amazing photographs. You can control the aperture, shutter, speed, and exposure easily, features not found on common compact cameras. The 35x zoom is also amazing. Great picture quality is maintained even in extremely zoomed in photographs.
Picture 2: maybe 25x zoom, aperture f/5.8, shutter speed 1/60 sec., ISO-100.
Picture 3: taken by my old Samsung in direct sunlight, f/3.5, 1/500 sec., ISO-80
Picture 4: taken by the Canon SX40 on a slightly overcast day, f/2.5, 1/25 sec., ISO-100
I am in love with the Canon SX40 =)