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for a new jounalist/reporter who will be on the move, i wanted to get the casio ZR700, but it is not available in usa easily.
but i see Nikon J1 which may be a close comparison with high fps.

In terms of cons of the Nikon (relative to casio) the below review says the following 4 points.. can you help me put it in perspective, what these 4 points practically mean on a day to day basis?

http://snapsort.com/compare/Casio-Exilim-ZR700-vs-Nikon-J1

1)No in-camera HDR
2)cant create panoramas in-camera
3)only 460k dots resolution screen
4)no lens to stabilize image.
5)the review also says "it doesn't always make sense to compare a travel zoom with a mirrorless interchangeable-lens. "

if getting the Nikon, i will get with 10-30mm lens.
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For the HDR that is hgih dynamic range photography. Esentially taking 3 phots at different exposures and blending them to add an amazing level of detail. However, as a journalist this feature is not needed as the photos are fake and take away from the  integrity of the report.

A panorama is severl pictures  "stitched" together on their edge, making a very long or tall picture, once again, not a high priority for a photojournalist.

The 460k dots screen resolution means that what you see on the screen of the camera is not a very good representation of what the camera is actually seeing. For a photojournalist you will probably want a camera with a viewfinder, as that will give you a much bettter represenation of what will be photographed (color, brightness, detail, etc).

No lens to stabilize is just that, higher end cameras have hardware that attempts to stabilize an image from micro movements.

A travel zoom is a camera that is used for primarliy tourists, etc. A camera with an interchangable lens gives you much more versatility as you can use different lenses with different focal lengths, etc.
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by:25112
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>>No lens to stabilize

so a child/early teen to take the photo may be prone to distortion?

>>The 460k dots screen resolution
ok.. so this affects the photo taker's ability rather than the quality of the pictures themselves, then, right?
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Yes, a child would have a harder time, but a tripod or surface to lean on works wonders. The amount of camera movement counts less whent he target is a reasonable distance but a zoomed in target or a target very close to the camera will be effected more by the amount of movement. Think in angles or trajectories. If you try to shoot a target from 10 feet a 1 degree change will still result in a hit, but at 500 feet a 1 degree change will result in a bery wide miss. For a very close target even the slightest movement will blur the image. Proper camera hold and /or a tripod / monopod will eleviate this.

And yes the screen will have little to do with your ability. I never use the screen. Your best bet is to get a camera with a viewfinder; that will always show the "real" image.
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thanks - your review was quiet helpful!
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