No. If you need the zoom, then you need the zoom. Cropping a better IQ shot at wider focal length in order to match the magnification of a zoom will not match the IQ of the zoom shot. Zoom wins..
You could spend a little more and get the best of both worlds (in my opinion), the Fuji s100. I've seen many pictures if this camera, but haven't handled it myself yet. I have doubts about the PF-problem that was noted on the review on DPreview, since I find it no worse then on other camera's in this class of camera's..
Otherwise the Sony H50 seems a decent compromise, 15x zoom and very nice images..
The Pany TZ5 is not an option. The FZ18 has more zoom and better IQ. It is a lot smaller though, if that is important to you..
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Sony seems fine other than another review site claiming the menu was nearly unusable and there was fringing present at higher zoom level. I think thus far, the panny remains the greatest super zoom on the market (good image quality albeit 1/2.5' sensor, raw, raw+jpeg, 18x zoom, 28 wide mm shot, super macro 1cm, electronic optical viewfinder)..
I know each of these has their share of compromises, namely zoomrange vs. IQ. But does the canon g9 offer superior IQ to warrant apurchase over the others which offer great zoom? The g9 is on salemaking it about the same price as the others. What should I do??.
I'd find it very hard to justify losing not only the wide angle but the long telephoto of the FZ18 to buy the G9, even though the G9 will probably take slightly better shots in some situations. But the FZ18 will allow you to get shots the G9 just can't get..
They both allow you to shoot in the RAW format, which if you can get into doing it, negates some of the differences between them that favour the Canon..
The TZ5 is a great camera, but much more of a casual shooting camera than the other two. It won't take such high quality photos and you have no manual controls. But it is a lot smaller than the other two, especially the FZ18..
Without a doubt the Fuji S100 is a better camera in every way. I've handled both the FZ-18 and the Sony-H50. They are much less camera, but less expensive. If you find the Fuji to expensive or to heavy (it is heavy for a superzoom) the choice between the FZ-18 and the H50 is a hard one. I must say I've been a hard-core Sony-fan ever since I started digital photography..
Having that said, the fz18 felt much more like a toy to me. I found the H50 performing better in low-light. The Pany has more zoom and a wider angle to start with and that are it's plus-sites. When I was handling it I was also aniyed by the fact that the preview screen only showed the actual result of your (exposure) settings when half pressing the shutter. I'm not sure this can be set different in the menu..
The comments made here and there on the menu-button on the h50 are nonsense. After ten minutes you are used to it..
To make it harder: the olympus 570 might be interesting too..
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Ah thank you, but I must present a final question. The TZ5 comes with Panasonics newest Olympus IV image system. Does this present any internal improvements, or does the "sharp" mode over the fz-18, or can I manually adjust the fz-18 to get similar results?..
If you know that much, why ask? There are 5 threads running currently started by you on such issues..
Anyway, my opinion: G9 is best 6x zoom P&S camera out there. Sharp lens, well built, great handling, good images straight out of camera. Travel Choice of serious photographers..
FZ18 is best 18x zoom camera, if you shoot Raw (also for fast response). Else Nikon P80. Fun to use cameras..
TZ5 is good travel camera with good movie mode. However it does not have A/S/M modes. Good choice for casual snapshots & travel. I would rate FX500 better..
Sony seems fine other than another review site claiming the menu wasnearly unusable and there was fringing present at higher zoom level.I think thus far, the panny remains the greatest super zoom on themarket (good image quality albeit 1/2.5' sensor, raw, raw+jpeg, 18xzoom, 28 wide mm shot, super macro 1cm, electronic optical viewfinder).
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If you know that much, why ask? There are 5 threads running currentlystarted by you on such issues..
Ajay you have a lot patience and I think you have answered the questions from all 5 posts...
My response is buy a camera, it won't suit you so why worry!!.
To others I say this guy is a pain ignore his posts..
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One photo out of focus is a mistake, ten photos out of focus are an experimentation, one hundred photos out of focus are a style. Anon..
I have become obsessed haven't I? I guess I have to just get one..
It's called pre-post buyers remorse. You'll agonize whether you bought the right cam and then 2 weeks later, BAM, they announce a newer bad ass model. All the contenders you listed here and over on the "other" forum will fit the bill..
FWIW, I'll give a nod to the FZ18. I had it, loved it, but sold it to go DSLR due to speed and DOF issues (and had hard proof to validate to the wife to come off the cabbage for the upgrade).Steve..
Ah thank you, but I must present a final question. The TZ5 comes with.
Panasonics newest Olympus IV [Venus IV I think you mean]image system. Does this present anyinternal improvements, or does the "sharp" mode over the fz-18, orcan I manually adjust the fz-18 to get similar results?.
Venus IV is a bit better than Venus III, yes. But, it's not really something you want to base your decision on when the two cameras are so different..
In any case, the FZ18 lets you bypass the camera's internal processing entirely by using the raw setting. Use raw properly and the FZ18 will have a decent advantage over the TZ5..