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Canon PowerShot S5 IS VS Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
I'm looking at getting a new camera....I'm trying to decide between two camera's...

Canon PowerShot S5 IS VS Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50.

Any insight/comments would be welcomed!.

Thanks in advance..

Comments (15)

It depends on your skill/experience level - the FZ50 is THE highest level prosumer, aimed more for serious photographers who want as close to an slr as they can get without the worry of lenses....

The S5IS is more of a low end prosumer - but still has a great specification....

Personally, it's a no contest for me - the FZ50 all the way....

But all down to personl preference .

Advice: Go to your local camera store and have a play with both... I think you'll find the panasonic to be of much higher quality, less fiddly and to have a very nice feel - but the canon to have some really nice quirks - such as the screen, dedicated movie button and the kindof 'easy-off lens cap'....

Hope that helps ..

Comment #1

Joehic1991 wrote:.

Go to your local camera store and have a play with both... Ithink you'll find the panasonic to be of much higher quality, lessfiddly and to have a very nice feel - but the canon to have somereally nice quirks - such as the screen, dedicated movie button andthe kindof 'easy-off lens cap'....

The lens cap comes off a little too easily, according to comments I've seen from Canon owners. Something meant to protect the lens should stay on when the camera is not in use. A minor point against, I suppose, but there were so many more features on the FZ50 the Panasonic/Leica lens, larger sensor, zoom and focus rings on the barrel, one battery, RAW, etc. that made the decision an easy one for me. Here's another vote for the FZ50, one that I've never second guessed for a moment..

Mike marshall/FZ50..

Comment #2

Get the Panasonic, I got the Canon S5 had the same decision to make. Ignore all the experts, the Panasonic is easier to work, less chance of unforgiving errors, and has an easily understood user manual. If you get Canon S5 unless you are experienced you may run into difficulty..

Comment #3

Would those of you who recommend the FZ50 over the S5 IS make the same recommendation between the S3 IS & FZ8? I am trying to find a good camera for my son, and these two are more within my budget..

Thanks for any insight, and apologies for hijacking this thread.~Tina.

Http://www.captured-photo.com..

Comment #4

Thanks for all of the replys! That basically backs up what I was feeling ..

Comment #5

My daughter, in her 30s, had/still has the FZ7, which really got us looking at Panasonic. The picture quality and true-to-life colour really caught our attention..

After considering everything in the market that had any sort of appeal, including DSLRs, I opted for the FZ50. I can't think of anything I don't like about it..

Not long after, we decided to get a camera for my wife, who was more interested in the FZ7 or 8 or something similar. Size and weight were major considerations, so I made sure the S5 IS was on the counter when she actually handled the final choices FZ7, FZ8 and the Canon..

I certainly wouldn't trash the Canon. There's a lot about it to like from a personal standpoint, in that it's heavier than the Pany and the LCD articulates and can be tucked away face-in, a la the FZ50. Other than that, the FZ7 (still available), the FZ8 and the S5 pretty well match up, feature for feature. Even the sensor size is the same. We should mention new S3 ISs can also still be found and there are Canon owners who prefer that sensor over the newest one..

IMHO, the Panasonic has the better lens. Val liked the EVF and the way the FZ8 felt in her hands. Game over..

Best thing you can do, unless it's a gift, is have your son do the same thing we did; handle the cameras. When you physically pick the one you like, you'll use it more often because it feels right..

Between the two, there probably isn't a wrong choice. Enjoy!..

Comment #6

Hi, Mike..

Thank you very much for taking the time to write. The camera is meant to be a birthday gift for my soon to be 13 year old, so I hate to spoil the surprise. I think compared to the junky little camera he's been using, anything will feel better to him as far as ergonomics are concerned (although I totally understand what you're saying - "feel" was the deciding factor when I purchased my DSLR)..

I was mostly wondering if one camera was a better performer than the other. Sounds as though you think they're pretty comparable..

Thanks again..

Tina.

Mikemarshall wrote:.

My daughter, in her 30s, had/still has the FZ7, which really got uslooking at Panasonic. The picture quality and true-to-life colourreally caught our attention..

After considering everything in the market that had any sort ofappeal, including DSLRs, I opted for the FZ50. I can't think ofanything I don't like about it..

Not long after, we decided to get a camera for my wife, who was moreinterested in the FZ7 or 8 or something similar. Size and weight weremajor considerations, so I made sure the S5 IS was on the counterwhen she actually handled the final choices FZ7, FZ8 and the Canon..

I certainly wouldn't trash the Canon. There's a lot about it to likefrom a personal standpoint, in that it's heavier than the Pany andthe LCD articulates and can be tucked away face-in, a la the FZ50.Other than that, the FZ7 (still available), the FZ8 and the S5 prettywell match up, feature for feature. Even the sensor size is the same.We should mention new S3 ISs can also still be found and there areCanon owners who prefer that sensor over the newest one..

IMHO, the Panasonic has the better lens. Val liked the EVF and theway the FZ8 felt in her hands. Game over..

Best thing you can do, unless it's a gift, is have your son do thesame thing we did; handle the cameras. When you physically pick theone you like, you'll use it more often because it feels right..

Between the two, there probably isn't a wrong choice. Enjoy!..

Comment #7

Both Panasonic FZ8 and Canon S3 are good cameras..

I have a friend that has a Panasonic (FZ30) and it's not extremely happy about it. With some tweaks it's OK. If you never venture above ISO100 even in good lighting Panasonic is a good choice. It also has RAW..

If you want a more flexible camera that will give you splendid photos in most situations Canon S3 is also a good choice. I used ISO400 and it's OK if the light is bright enough. Also there is a hack that will give you more than RAW and no camera gives you (a DOF calculator and the real focus distance)..

I handled Panasonic FZ7, Sony H5 and Canon S3. I fall in love of Canon S3 and hated the Panasonic handling. Sony H5 was in between so it went in the final but the winner was Canon S3 although it has some shortcomings (not so good LCD and EVF). I never regretted choosing Canon S3..

So go with him at a showroom and let handle the two cameras, get the photos from the sample and look at them on your computer and print them at the maximum size you intend to print and make the choice based on what he likes not on what others like.VictorBucuresti, Romaniahttp://s106.photobucket.com/albums/m268/victor_petcu/..

Comment #8

Tbnj said:.

I was mostly wondering if one camera was a better performer than the other. Sounds as though you think they're pretty comparable..

Tina, both cameras do a few things better than the other and I agree with Victor on much of what he writes in this forum, including the fact that buying a camera is really a personal thing. What's pleasing to one isn't to another..

Here in Canada, you can buy new FZ7s and S3s for roughly the same price. I'd buy the Panasonic. You can buy the FZ8 for about 50-to-70-dollars more than the two above and the S5 adds another 50 before tax. It may be my Scottish ancestry coming into play but I believe the Panys give you a better bang for your bucks. More important, Image Quality and ease of handling tip the scales to the Pany side, at least for us..

As far as I'm concerned, the "FZ7/8/30/50 picture degrades horribly above 100 ISO" urban legend belongs in the Top 25 at snopes.com. It's nowhere near the problem people make it out to be. You've taken pictures with your film SLR. So have I. We know the best pictures come from slide film and 100 ISO will get you better IQ than 200 or 400. We accept it and choose our film with that in mind.

The Canon may be slightly better at 400 but from what I've read, it does more AE/AF searching than the Panasonic when the light dims, so there's a trade-off..

All things considered, we'd buy the FZ8 again. I'm sure your son will be pleased with your choice. Happy hunting!..

Comment #9

My son who is 12 uses a FZ20 that I bought him. I have seen no reasons to grumble with this camera for him so I am sure the FZ50 or 8 would be excellent purchases. The reason I discounted the Canon's was AA batteries over teh battery packs in teh Panasonics..

Dont know if this helps you any...

Comment #10

In that situation I would go for the Canon....

The Panasonic is very fiddly to use - despite having a better spec, image quality is worse than my 5 year old kodak p&s....

As people have suggested, an older 'higher class' camera such as the FZ20/30 which you can pick up around the same price would also be worth considering - just because a camera gets old doesnt mean it stops taking good photos....

As I mentioned with my Kodak, image quality as outstanding compared to the FZ, but it's half the res and very old... However, the kodak flagship P880 can be picked up cheaper than both you're considering and would make a good 4th/5th option ..

Comment #11

Joehic1991 wrote:.

In that situation I would go for the Canon....

What situation? You don't make reference to anything and you don't say why you think the Canon is a better choice..

The Panasonic is very fiddly to use - despite having a better spec,image quality is worse than my 5 year old kodak p&s....

Which Panasonic? "Fiddly" how? Worse than what 5-year-old Kodak P&S?..

Comment #12

Thanks to everyone who responded. I appreciate your time. Short of ruining the surprise and having him handle them cameras, I'm not sure I know any better which one to choose, since the opinions seems relatively evenly split. Maybe I'll flip a coin.  .

Thanks again..

~Tina.

Http://www.captured-photo.com..

Comment #13

Hi.

Can I ask if the Pana FZ50 (or FZ18) is better suited to take photo's of babies/children as opposed to the Canon S5 IS. As they dont stay still, I would probably use the burst function and choose the better shot(s)..

Looking at the specs, I see that the FZ18 has a 27MB internal memory - would this help in speeding up the camera's burst function?.

Thanks for any assistance...

Comment #14

Best superzooms IMO, even if the S8000fd is out.Fuji Film S9100s9100/s9600 Flickr Group:http://www.flickr.com/groups/37994085@N00/..

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