Hello, "Quality" of an image has more to do with the sensor size and pixel count, rather than what brand of camera you are using (as long as it is a name-brand camera, of course). If your old Kodak wasn't producing quality prints, then you might need to go up on the pixel count.
As long as you compare apples to apples, then you won't see any difference in quality of the images produced by the cameras you mention. Both Kodak and Panasonic make excellent cameras, so pick the one that has the pixel count high enough for your needs, and don't worry about the name on the camera itself.
As for the FZ3 and FZ15 please realize that the FZ15 is a *very* large camera, much larger than the FZ3. Besides physical size, the main difference between the two is pixel count, and the fact that you have manual focus on the 15. Personally, I don't find that item to be worth the extra size and price over the FZ3 (and I don't need the extra pixels).
As for image stabilisation (IS) this will only make a difference when shooting in low light levels w/o flash, or at high zoom levels. Most photos aren't taken under these conditions, but I can say that when needed, it does make a difference. I would think that pics of quilts would be taken w/flash, where IS will not make a difference. hth,.
I am also wavering between that same Kodak.
And the Lumix FZ15.... I veer towards the.
Kodak because I keep hearing how user friendly.
It all is, and I'm pretty much a newbie. On.
The other hand, I am drawn towards the image.
Stabilization of the Lumix (I'm pretty sure.
I WILL be using the zoom a lot), and, also I.
LIKE the larger size. I have very large hands,.
And I don't like the compact small digital cameras...
I'd be happy with something closer in size to the.
Old film cameras of 20 years ago... It's.
A quandry. I've ordered the Kodak, but it.
Seems to be back ordered or something- won't.
Even ship for two weeks. Then tonight I.
Saw a great price on the Lumix, and that got.
Me veering back in that direction again... I'm.
Thinking of cancelling the Kodak order and.
Getting the Lumix instead. Any comments on a newbie starting out with.
The Lumix FZ15?? Would it be frustrating? I also saw some images posted somewhere,.
Taken by these two cameras, of the same.
Things, same time, same settings, etc.
And the Lumix FZ15 images were noticably.
Better- sharper. If anyone has any further advice, comparing.
These two cameras, I'd love to hear it. Thanks!! Julia..
Hi Julia, I wouldn't worry about being a newbie with an FZ15. As in most digital cams, the FZ15 has an auto setting that will do the work for you. You just have to decide when you want to use the flash. You do however have to be willing to read the instruction manual something that evidently a lot of people don't do... PhilR...
Thanks for that reassurance, Phil. I think I WOULD be happier in the.
Long run with the Lumix... even if.
I do get frustrated now and then.
With the instruction manual!!! I am trying to cancel my order for.
The Kodak camera (but unfortunately.
Working with a company with terrible.
Customer service - I researched the.
Cameras, but not the company I was.
Purchasing from - stupid move)... Anyway- thanks for your comments,.
And please envision me happily.
Receiving and using my new Lumix FZ15!! Happy New Year to everyone out there, too. - Julia..
Julia, If you are having problems with the Kodak's vendor, and used a credit card to make the purchase, you might try to contact the credit card co. and see if the purchase has gone through. It is possible that the company you are dealing with has not charged your card if they don't have the product, and they are hoping that you will not stop the order. Your card issuer (not sure if that's a real word..) may be able to stop any future charges from the vendor if you ask. Lastly, you might also check the prices of the FZ20. This time of year, there are all kinds of sales and it is possible that you might find the FZ20 for a lower price.
I just bought a Kodak 7590 and love it!! Haven't used it enough to figure out all the things it can do!! But very easy to use and great pictures!..