A&P Considering Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20 - Thoughts, Opinions, etc?

Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by Chi_Town_GoD, Jan 18, 2005.

  1. Chi_Town_GoD

    Chi_Town_GoD Guest

    I currently have an old school canon sd200 (the 2mp, 2x optical zoom version from 2.5 years ago)

    i am looking for a more advanced prosumer camera to play around with, but not sure if i want to go for a DSLR yet, especially since i'd have to spend some serious dough if i want some nice lenses..

    so i did a LOT of research, and i like fz20 a LOT. Mostly for the 12x optical zoom that maintains f/2.8 throughout the range (eq. to 36-432 :o) 5MP, etc..

    what do you guys think? i can get it for $480 + shipping..

    or should i get something with 1-2MP more but half the zoom (like G6 for $60 more)??

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    oh, by the way, dpreview HIGHLY recommends it.

    here is their list of pros/cons:

    Conclusion - Pros

    Very high resolution and detail capture throughout the zoom range
    Sharp results
    Good, natural color
    Superb 12x optical zoom
    Very effective image stabilization
    Excellent handling - more compact than a DSLR but very stable
    Comprehensive range of controls
    Very fast operation
    Well designed menu system
    Nice handling and control layout
    Easy to use
    Excellent screen
    Usable EVF
    Autofocus illuminator
    Powerful flash
    Good battery life
    Good value for money
    Program shift
    TIFF mode


    Conclusion - Cons

    Visible noise at ISOs above 100
    Very occasional exposure problems
    Focus at extreme telephoto sometimes hunts, occasionally misses
    Low resolution movie mode
    Some red fringing at 12x/wide apertures (rarely seen in prints)
    Mode dial too easy to knock in use, changing modes
    Images can look a little soft viewed at 100% - sharpen up well though
     
  2. TheEvil1

    TheEvil1 Hell is other people OT Supporter

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    its a great camera go buy it
     
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    good deal
     
  4. ElDude

    ElDude Hiya!

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    Well I'm a nub in learning (one day I'll be a nub) but isn't having noise over ISO100 a very bad thing? The fact that it gets a mention makes me wonder. That being said, it depends on how bad the noise is and how much it effects the shot.

    I'm too tired to look for reviews now.

    /goes to bed
     
  5. mojito

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    like I said in your other post, its a great cam, bu only if you really need the zoom. If not, a Canon G6 or Nikon 5400 or Olympus c-5060, Minolta A1 or A2 etc might be better.
     
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    well, remember, its a little noisy compared to its peers. It doesn't have a cheapie camera noise.. if you know what i mean..

    they wouldn't highly recommend it if it was something significant ;)
     
  8. Chi_Town_GoD

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    i don't know why, but 12x f/2.8 stabilized lens makes my weewee hard :sad2:
     
  9. mojito

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    There's no doubting thats a great lens. Its just a matter of whether or not you'll use it versus something smaller with less zoom
     
  10. Chi_Town_GoD

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    amazingly, i don't carry my tiny camera with me anyways, so shouldn't matter.

    not to mention, there is a good chance that i will be carrying a large backpack with me for the next couple years, and needing to use a camera to work on projects...

    maybe...
     
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    Valence Gustav Refugee

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    I have the panasonic fz10. It's one step below the fz20. I wish I had gotten the 20 for the following reasons:

    I want a 5 mp over the 4
    I miss having the tiff file format - fz 10 only saves in jpeg
    You really need to create a custom white balance anytime you shoot, otherwise the pics are going to be way off color.
    the more you zoom, you will notice an increase in chromatic abberations. (purple fringing.)

    things I like about it:
    Zoom, up to 48 x with optical and digital zooms
    compact and light.
    easy to use, easy to use menus.
    flash hot shoe that works very well. I ordered the sunpak 383 super, with bounce and swivel head, works great once you set the flash to auto with iso 100 and then set the camera to iso 100.

    Things that are not fixed in the fz10 or the fz10 which might drive you to get a different cam:

    Very limited apeture settings. you can't beat the number of f/stops that a true dslr will have.
     
  12. JordanClarkson

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    tiff mode will eat up your memory card unless you take 1mp pictures. raw offers more compression.
     
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    1GB memory cards are relatively cheap now.

    I'm using the FZ20 and I LOOOOVVVEEE it. It's a great camera and that 12x zoom does work very well. Image qualty is excellent although there is a bit of graininess in higher ISO's, but Neat Image or Helicon Filter work damn well at removing it. Here's a shitload of shots I've taken with the FZ20. . .

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    Define relatively cheap :p I've only found them for over £100 :(
     

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