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Old 25 July 2007, 17:44   #11
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I never had the FZ30 - it was a bit of a stop gap. The FZ50 is in a different league in handling terms - focusing and zooming etc are much more SLR like.

I agree about the quality aspects but a mate of mine - after having spent about 3000 on Nikon digital gear now uses a compact digi camera far more.

To get a Canon image stabilised zoom with a wide range you are talking about spending $2000 - that's a lot of dosh!!!
and I use my mobile phone when i haven't got a K's worth of canon hanging round my neck, you sometimes use what you've got at the time with photography... the moment doesn't wait.

The FZ30/50 are virturally identicle, to look at side by side you couldn't tell them apart. I considered a 50 when changing 2 months ago from the 30. the only reason the 50 exists is so panasonic keep up in the MegaPixel race.
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Old 25 July 2007, 18:26   #12
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tempted to get a fz 50 i must admit
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You won't be dissapointed - just don't use more than 100 iso or you do get noise on the pics, Having said that the image stabilisation is so good you can hand hold at 1/60th even on full zoom!!!
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The FZ30/50 are virturally identicle, to look at side by side you couldn't tell them apart. I considered a 50 when changing 2 months ago from the 30. the only reason the 50 exists is so panasonic keep up in the MegaPixel race.
Apologies I meant the FZ20.

The megapixel race is so annoying - and only because Joe Pubic are so stupid that's all they understand. It's like Argos selling binoculars that are 18-100 x 30 - the World's most powerfull zoom - quite how you hold them still or get enough light into them is beyond me!!!

Another annoyance about digital cameras is the video quality - does anyone realise it is often deliberately downgraded otherwise people wouldn't bother buying video cameras!!!
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Apologies I meant the FZ20.

The megapixel race is so annoying - and only because Joe Pubic are so stupid that's all they understand. It's like Argos selling binoculars that are 18-100 x 30 - the World's most powerfull zoom - quite how you hold them still or get enough light into them is beyond me!!!

Another annoyance about digital cameras is the video quality - does anyone realise it is often deliberately downgraded otherwise people wouldn't bother buying video cameras!!!
and thats the other great thing about the FZ50 - the quality of the video is superb, best i've seen from a digital camera - makes big files but takes great quality video. Just a shame it saves it in Quicktime if you edit with windows software! (although thats overcome with a 20 program)
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and thats the other great thing about the FZ50 - the quality of the video is superb, best i've seen from a digital camera - makes big files but takes great quality video. Just a shame it saves it in Quicktime if you edit with windows software! (although thats overcome with a 20 program)
Yes the video quality is very good but it could be so much better - nobody would buy video cameras then though..............

I also hate quicktime but if you use media player classic to view them they are fine.
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I've just bought an Olympus 'Mu' 770-SW. The 'Mu' is phonetic for one of those backwards 'y' things, but I don't know how to do those! Anyway, back to the camera. It's a 7.1 Megapixel 'point & shoot' but the cool thing is, it's good down to 10 metres in water and very shockproof! The picture quality is good both in & out of the water, the only drawback I can see, is that the menu & sub-menu structure is not so straitforward, but I guess that's something you'll get used to.

I found this camera on http://www.camerasunderwater.co.uk. I didn't use their mail order service, instead, as I was passing their door, called in. The people there were very knowledgeable & helpful.

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I've just bought an Olympus 'Mu' 770-SW. The 'Mu' is phonetic for one of those backwards 'y' things, but I don't know how to do those! Anyway, back to the camera. It's a 7.1 Megapixel 'point & shoot' but the cool thing is, it's good down to 10 metres in water and very shockproof! The picture quality is good both in & out of the water, the only drawback I can see, is that the menu & sub-menu structure is not so straitforward, but I guess that's something you'll get used to.

I found this camera on http://www.camerasunderwater.co.uk. I didn't use their mail order service, instead, as I was passing their door, called in. The people there were very knowledgeable & helpful.

Hope this helps.
Got one of those as well - the menus make your brain bleed compared to Canon, but it's probably the best for keeping on a boat!
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