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Need new work camera, wide angle, long zoom
Trying to decide on a new camera for work..

I'm looking for a small camera that can be carried around a roof and up ladders..

Wide angle and long zoom preferable..

Would like to take pics from the ground of details around a chimney for example. And, capture the whole house from the front yard.I am currently using an Olympus C-740UZBut am wondering if I can do better..

Something like Panasonic Lumix-TZ3 , nice and small..

Or Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 , a bit larger..

In order of importance,1. image quality2. ease of use3. size and portability4. cost.

Of the above, is there a big difference in the image quality?.

Do you have any other suggestions?.

Examples of the pictures I take now are on my website at roofersreview dotcom if that is any help. I'm hoping to learn more and work on my photo skills and editing when I have more time..

Thanks for any help,Dennis..

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I'm looking for a small camera that can be carried around a roof andup ladders..

Wide angle and long zoom preferable..

This is a TZ3. If you're taking photos in daylight or they are basically architectural ( static ) then this thing is born to do it. It's a back pocket camera and it has IS..

Would like to take pics from the ground of details around a chimneyfor example. And, capture the whole house from the front yard..

That could be very wide, but in a practical sense no compact is going to go wider than the TZ3..

I am currently using an Olympus C-740UZBut am wondering if I cando better..

Unless you get a DSLR and a nice expensive prime lens the truth is your results will not differ much, and only with BIG prints then..

Something like Panasonic Lumix-TZ3 , nice and small..

Gosh. What a coincidence .

Actually you mention the FZ18. This and the FZ8 have longer zooms, but from the point of view of portability the TZ3 just wipes the floor with them and the zoom is loads - you can crop to make up the difference..

The alternatives with a wide angle and long zoom are really few..

The Fuji S6000/6500 and S9100/9600. Very nice cameras bug no IS, and in daylight or doing architectural ( where a long exposure can use IS ) they are actually at a disadvantage. They are also honking great big cameras and not really something I'd like to have to cart around on a job that involves climbing and carting other heavy objects around as well..

The Olympus 550 and 560 have the wide lens and the 18x zoom. However the FZ18 has a better image quality for your choice of work ( as does the TZ3 and FZ8 )..

So I'd recommend the TZ3 of FZ18, depending on whether carrying the bigger FZ18 is worth it for the zoom or the TZ3 is enough..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #1

I second that, however TZ3 is not that small so as to fit in a shirt pocket. I would prefer FZ18 for EVF (helpful in maintaining stable posture for those tele-zoom shots), Raw mode (for best possible IQ), more zoom and manual modes..

Sjgcit wrote:.

So I'd recommend the TZ3 of FZ18, depending on whether carrying thebigger FZ18 is worth it for the zoom or the TZ3 is enough..

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

Comment #2

I'd get some sort of elecronic viewfinder camera, where you look through an eye-level viewfinder and see an electronic image..

These tend to have longer zooms than regular point and shoot cameras..

I think the ability to hold the camera viewfinder to the eye makes a camera easier to use with one hand, while the other hand hold on to the ladder..

RAW doesn't matter you are not planning to spend hours working on these phtos after you've taken them, are you?.

Get 5MP, at least, if you plan to use these photos enlarged and in display booths in construction shows..

And you probably want about a 28mm equivilant field of view in order to get most of a roof in when standing on it. And it's tricky photographing a roof, or a whole houser, from far away (necessary with a lens that is not wide angle) if there are trees on the lawn. A wide angle lets you get betyween the trees and the house...

BAK..

Comment #3

Hey, thanks for the great replays..

So, I guess it will come down to portability vs. extra zoom..

One more question,.

Steve said " Actually you mention the FZ18. This and the FZ8 have longer zooms, but from the point of view of portability the TZ3 just wipes the floor with them and the zoom is loads - you can crop to make up the difference.".

" you can crop to make up the difference".

What does that mean? (I got a lot to learn)..

Comment #4

That means image captured (7 megapixel) has lot of pixels so you can use only the central part (or any other part) while still retaining enough definition/pixels. That process is called cropping and is done by software after downloading images on PCs. That is akin to zooming in further than the lens allows. Recent cameras can do it automatically with "Digital Zoom" feature..

However in no way that could match true optical zooming. So don't get confused by that.And remeber, such cropping can be done with FZ18 (and any other camera) too..

Dennisrrc wrote:.

" you can crop to make up the difference".

What does that mean? (I got a lot to learn).

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

Comment #5

FZ18 is bigger but not heavy. I always hang it on my neck so my hands are free. This makes it better than my pocket camera with only hand strip..

FZ18 is more flexiable than TZ3 in terms of manual controls if you can afford a little more (<$100)..

FZ18, Coolpix 7600, Powersmart 433..

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