Right and proper?

Amateur Photographer - - Your Letters -

Each week I study the de­tailed anal­y­sis of the lat­est cam­eras so ex­pertly pro­vided by An­drew Sy­den­ham. Each one serves as a per­fect guide to a po­ten­tial pur­chaser. As the owner of a TZ60, I nat­u­rally stud­ied the report on the lat­est of­fer­ing from Pana­sonic, the TZ200 (AP 26 May). My cam­era is four years old and does most of the things that the lat­est ver­sion of­fers, so I’m not tempted to open the purse strings. One com­ment in the sum­mary did how­ever worry me, this be­ing: ‘ The TZ200 won’t, for most users, re­place a “proper” cam­era.’ I was prompted to ex­am­ine the def­i­ni­tion of ‘proper’ and noted that among oth­ers it is: ‘of the re­quired or cor­rect type or form; suit­able or ap­pro­pri­ate’.

With the re­sults shown from the TZ200, I would call it a ‘proper’ cam­era, as in­deed I would my TZ60, since for both cam­eras in the iA mode there is a sig­nif­i­cant ad­van­tage over one of An­drew’s proper cam­eras – they are light and pock­etable, hence al­ways with you, an ad­van­tage of­ten noted within AP. Hav­ing passed three score and ten by a large mar­gin, I aban­doned my Nikon F-801 with its at­ten­dant bag of zooms, when I found that af­ter a day’s out­ing, the shoul­ders were com­plain­ing; not a prob­lem with my suit­able or ap­pro­pri­ate TZ, which will un­der most nor­mal con­di­tions, pro­duce per­fect A3 prints. I would there­fore call the TZ se­ries ‘proper’ cam­eras and could I sug­gest that AP might have used the term ‘more so­phis­ti­cated’ in­stead of ‘proper’. Mike Rig­nall You’re right, the TZ200 is a very ca­pa­ble cam­era in its own right. But this is why I used the word ‘proper’ in in­verted com­mas: it’s short­hand for the kind of so­phis­ti­cated in­ter­change­able-lens model that most AP read­ers pri­mar­ily use – Andy West­lake, tech­ni­cal ed­i­tor

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