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FZ18 vs. Fujifilm FinePix S8000 fd
Maybe I shouldn't have boiled down the superzooms to the above cameras but I want the smallest one I can find that takes the best picture and am also interested in the best low light picture. I know that low light and high zoom don't go hand in hand.I can't find many /img/avatar7.jpg reviews on the Fuji but several on the FZ18.Thanks, again...

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If you have time and inclination to post-process every image, than Panasonic FZ18 is your best bet, as it has Raw mode. If you need better out-of-camera JPGs, than Fuji S8000fd is way to go..

Fishrman wrote:.

Maybe I shouldn't have boiled down the superzooms to the abovecameras but I want the smallest one I can find that takes the bestpicture and am also interested in the best low light picture. I knowthat low light and high zoom don't go hand in hand.I can't find many owner reviews on the Fuji but several on the FZ18.Thanks, again..

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

Comment #1

RAW images are files containing all of the information straight from the sensor of your camera. The files are big (around 10MB) and need post processing. The big advantage is that lot's of settings can be done after taking the picture. With JPEG's the camera has done that for you and the files are compressed..

So shooting in RAW gives you better post processing possibilities and can result in a better image quality..

CHeers Jeroen..

Comment #2

Is there anyway to know if the camera shoots in RAW of JPEG other than reading the reviews? What does RAW and JPEG stand for?..

Comment #3

Read below:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAW_image_format.

Fishrman wrote:.

Is there anyway to know if the camera shoots in RAW of JPEG otherthan reading the reviews?.

You can look for "Image Formats" heading in specifications of camera. There you will see jpeg (always, all cameras shoot in this format), and Raw if camera supports this too. One of movie clip format may also be listed there (AVI, MPG, MPEG4 etc.)Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

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Fishrman wrote:.

Is there anyway to know if the camera shoots in RAW of JPEG otherthan reading the reviews? What does RAW and JPEG stand for?.

JPEG is the file format that all cameras use. I stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group who developed the standard for the format. It is a compressed file that has also had considerable processing done to it. The camera wil have done a white balance adjustment, some sharpening, some noise reduction, etc..

RAW is exactly what the word implies. Unprocessed (uncooked?) data straight out of the sensor.Joel Orlinsky.

Image control:Zoom outZoom 100%Zoom inExpand AllOpen in new window..

Comment #5

I can't speak to the FujiFilm camera but I can comment about the Pany FZ18, which arrived late last week..

I've used and/or owned a large number of digital cameras, including three more advanced models prior to this one, and can say that I've never been happier. Like all digital cameras, it has some negatives, but my list of pros is way more than the cons (and most of the cons are nit-picky)..

I haven't taken a lot of low light photos yet so don't know how it holds up to FujiFilm's Super CCD. But I do know the noise issue that has plagued Panasonic (criticized especially by pixel peepers) has improved..

All you have to do is go over to the Panasonic Talk Forum to see the enthusiastic response and some wonderful photos by owners. I was very, very hesitant to get a wide angle-super zoom but the camera exceeds my expectations..

I've been a photo enthusiast for about four decades and this camera fits like a glove: lightweight, but not too much; well-balanced; very fast and easy access to key settings I use as a photographer. With practice, I won't even have to take my eye away from the viewfinder to change settings. I find this highly desirable when taking photos..

If you care to take a peek, here are some of the first photos I've taken with the camera..

Http://www.pbase.com/gailb/fz18.

All the best with your decision..

Gail ~ http://www.pbase.com/gailbMy digital camera BLOGs: Pany FZ18 & TZ3, Canon SD700, A570 & S2, Nikon 5400http://www.digicamhelp.com/camera-logs/index.php..

Comment #6

Saying you have to post process everything is a gross misrepresentation of the output from Panny cameras. My galleries from the FZ8 and TZ3 are unprocessed and the FZ18 is better than both of those..

Ajay0612 wrote:.

If you have time and inclination to post-process every image, thanPanasonic FZ18 is your best bet, as it has Raw mode. If you needbetter out-of-camera JPGs, than Fuji S8000fd is way to go..

Fishrman wrote:.

Maybe I shouldn't have boiled down the superzooms to the abovecameras but I want the smallest one I can find that takes the bestpicture and am also interested in the best low light picture. I knowthat low light and high zoom don't go hand in hand.I can't find many owner reviews on the Fuji but several on the FZ18.Thanks, again..

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612.

Terryhttp://tbanet.zenfolio.com/..

Comment #7

Let me see. What rhymes with Gal? How about, WOW! Well, it might not be much of a rhyme but your photos with that FZ18 are like poetry! Very impressive!!.

Why do you think there are not as many reviews on the Fuji? I have always heard that in low light Fuji has a better sensor. I don't know that to be the case but am only going by what I have read...

Comment #8

The Fuji is brand new....the reviews will catch up. Sadly the sensor in this particular Fuji is not the one that performed so well in low light..

Fishrman wrote:.

Let me see. What rhymes with Gal? How about, WOW! Well, it might notbe much of a rhyme but your photos with that FZ18 are like poetry!Very impressive!!Why do you think there are not as many reviews on the Fuji? I havealways heard that in low light Fuji has a better sensor. I don't knowthat to be the case but am only going by what I have read..

Terryhttp://tbanet.zenfolio.com/..

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