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lesslimited
August 5th, 2010, 18:47
http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-DMC-FZ35-Digital-Optical-Stabilized/dp/B002IKLJU0/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

My Fuji S7000 takes some pretty decent pictures, but I would like something that does HD video, and has a longer zoom. This Lumix seems to have the best set of features at a reasonable price, better than the Fujis or Canons that I have also looked at closely. Any others I should look at?

ert01
August 6th, 2010, 14:41
Do you specifically want an SLR style camera or a point-n-poke kinda camera? A couple of my friends recently got these:
http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/25229/sony-cybershot-tx5/
They're a pretty cool camera... waterproof, dustproof, freezeproof, shockproof, HD video. Decently cheap and takes good pictures. Not great zoom though...

lesslimited
August 6th, 2010, 16:09
The ones I'm looking at are sometimes referred to as "bridge" cameras, as they have many of the manual control features of an SLR, have a large non- changeable lense, and generally produce much nicer pictures than the pocket sized point-and-shoots. Now that memory cards are so cheap, I don't think it's worthwhile to buy or lug around a seperate camcorder for video, so the HD video is a must. RAW file capability, electronic viewfinder in addition to the lcd, and optical image stabilization are other items that have me narrowing in on the Lumix.

redneck
August 7th, 2010, 03:22
Ive been looking at the Cannon G11.
http://www.amazon.com/Canon-PowerShot-G11-Stabilized-articulating/dp/B002LITT56/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1281175515&sr=1-1

My friend has a G10 that takes some great shots with little effort (even in low light).

http://inlinethumb58.webshots.com/5817/2245902270047293791S600x600Q85.jpg (http://rides.webshots.com/photo/2245902270047293791ECZtYf)

http://inlinethumb58.webshots.com/18553/2489774350047293791S600x600Q85.jpg (http://rides.webshots.com/photo/2489774350047293791iMHXAx)

http://inlinethumb29.webshots.com/41116/2243662460047293791S600x600Q85.jpg (http://rides.webshots.com/photo/2243662460047293791KPeqbs)

http://inlinethumb30.webshots.com/46429/2409726910047293791S600x600Q85.jpg (http://rides.webshots.com/photo/2409726910047293791TXezkH)

http://inlinethumb22.webshots.com/46613/2442425080047293791S600x600Q85.jpg (http://rides.webshots.com/photo/2442425080047293791VdIKLU)

MONSTERxbla
August 7th, 2010, 09:30
I just bought a canon P100 and am gonna use it for the first time today. I will let you know how it works.

kidarkitect
August 7th, 2010, 22:23
optical zoom is better on the panasonic. I have a fz18 and love it. leica lenses and on some models, completely leica other than the badge(previous model fz50 in the "bridge" range of cameras).

check out dpreview dot com for great unbiased articles.

my personal opinion panasonic is a great deal for the price.

lesslimited
August 8th, 2010, 16:32
optical zoom is better on the panasonic. I have a fz18 and love it. leica lenses and on some models, completely leica other than the badge(previous model fz50 in the "bridge" range of cameras).

check out dpreview dot com for great unbiased articles.

my personal opinion panasonic is a great deal for the price.

Thanks, I don't know how I forgot about dpreview. I found a superzoom comparo there that put the FZ35 near the top of the pack. One of the few things they dinged it for was the relatively low 18x zoom. If the FZ40 with 24x zoom is released before my upcoming trip, I think I'll get that, otherwise I'm sure I'll be happy with the FZ35 and saving $100.

lesslimited
August 15th, 2010, 07:29
I got the FZ35 this week, figuring I don't really want to be learning a new camera on my flight to Korea. So far, I've just scratched the surface of what it will do, but I should have it figured out pretty well before the trip.

Image quality is comparable with the Fuji, in a camera that's about 2/3 the size and half the weight. I am really liking the zoom, though. I can get close-ups of critters without disturbing them...

http://inlinethumb22.webshots.com/46485/2432675980049957266S600x600Q85.jpg (http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/photo/2432675980049957266zRuSad)

This was taken through a not so clean sunroom window...
http://inlinethumb37.webshots.com/44324/2302849010049957266S600x600Q85.jpg (http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/photo/2302849010049957266EZevjL)

The 27mm wide angle is a big improvement over the 35mm of the Fuji...
http://inlinethumb31.webshots.com/20510/2635802890049957266S600x600Q85.jpg (http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/photo/2635802890049957266TkDhfv)

More pics, good and bad, are here...
http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/album/578380111sObIxF

whatevah
August 15th, 2010, 19:16
glad it's working out for you, back when I sold cameras, I loved the Panasonic cameras for their lenses. Leica glass and good zoom, plus one of the few to use optical stabilization vs the "digital stabilization" (aka, use high ISO to get a faster shutter speed while dropping image quality with the digital noise). But I sold a lot more Canon/Sony cameras to people wanting a good zoom camera, because those both had great lenses and a much better user interface. I never sold a Fuji camera unless somebody came in wanting it, because the SuperCCD sensor didn't have the same quality when compared to a Canon/Sony sensor of the same megapixel rating.

anyhow... great choice in cameras! :)