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Olympus vs. Panasonic
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I'm planning to buy a good travel camera, and I'm not ready to upgrade to DSLR yet. Through thorough research I've narrowed it down to the the Olympus sp 570UZ and Panasonics DMC-Fz18. They both seem to take great pictures but I need some advice to choose one over the other. Olympus got 20x zoom (vs. fz18's 18x) and the sensor is larger (1/2,3" vs. /2,55).

If any of you guys have experience with these cameras, please let me know..

BR, Milos..

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I just got my 570 last night after going thru this same compairason, with the FZ18 and the Nikon P80... I have a buddy with a FZ18, on Sunday we will be getting together for a "shoot-out". I'll post some photos after...Current digital camera: my cell phoneAnd now a SP-570!..

Comment #1

I researched and played with a number of compact super zooms before settling on and FZ18. The FZ18 seemed to feel and perform the best. I like Olympus DSLR's but where compact or prosumer camera's are concerned I far prefer the Panasonic Lumix line..

The FZ18 is an excellent small camera. It looks like a miniature DSLR and has all the features but definitely handles and performs more like a P&S (admittedly among the best P&S though).

If you are willing to go a bit bigger the FZ50 handles and performs (in decent light) as well as many entry level DSLRs Its a great stepping stone to a DSLR..

RegardsJim.

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimboutilier/..

Comment #2

Thank you. Guess I'm leaning towards the Fz18 then, but I'm looking forward to see the comparisoin...It might just change my mind once more..

Milos..

Comment #3

You might try reading some of the reviews of a few of the Olympus's previous models. They tended to frustrate the users with thier performance (not the image quality but the speed and controls). The trend seems consistent but you never know when a manufacturer will have a breakthrough and change a trend like that..

All I can say is that of the several I tried (Nikon, Olympus, Fuji, Panasonic), I preferred the Panasonic's handling and controls..

RegardsJim.

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimboutilier/..

Comment #4

My buddy with the FZ-18 on came over on Sunday and we shot a bunch of pics. Most on diffrent auto modes (auto, port., sport, ect.) and we tryed a few shots inside on apature priority (2.8) and lowest possable ISO (64 for the oly, 100 for the Pany). We did not take pics at max zoom..

In full Auto, no flash, the FZ18 did better, the 570 seemed to choose a higher ISO and the pic got grainy. With flash, they both did good. In the diffrent portrate modes, both cameras did good, it was hard for us amatures to tell them apart. The Appiture priority shots, the 570 seemed to have an edge, but it has a lower ISO too. For sport mode test, I just had my son run around in the backyard, and we snapped pics as he came by (not real scientific... LOL) Both did great.

LOL)..

At the end of the day, neither my buddy or I are pros, or even close, so our opinions may be off... but before he went home, my buddy said I had the better camera. (but then, maybe he was stroking my ego... LOL).

I'll try to get some pics uploaded soon... then we can have the "pros" here tell us which are better... (:Current digital camera: my cell phoneAnd now a SP-570!..

Comment #5

Jim Boutilier wrote:.

You might try reading some of the reviews of a few of the Olympus'sprevious models. They tended to frustrate the users with thierperformance (not the image quality but the speed and controls). Thetrend seems consistent but you never know when a manufacturer willhave a breakthrough and change a trend like that..

All I can say is that of the several I tried (Nikon, Olympus, Fuji,Panasonic), I preferred the Panasonic's handling and controls..

RegardsJim.

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimboutilier/.

I hear you. In the store, I was compairing the P80 and the 570 - the P80's controls & menus were very "standard" compaired to other P&S cameras I had casually used. The 570 is diffrent. I almost took home the P80 because of that. Instead, I told myself that I liked the ring zoom and extra 2mm wide, and that I would read the book... LOL it took about a half an afternoon to get used to the Oly controls and the ring zoom (it is not as precisie as a true SLR ring zoom), but I like it.



In the end, though, I have only had the camera a few days, and I always hate reading "honnymoon" reviews (which this is, no doubt). I still have a week to decide if I want to keep the camera, but so far, I really like it..

The compairason pics will be a bit, my work computer will not upload them to my snapfish account, and I will be busy tonight at home... maybe tomorrow night....

Current digital camera: my cell phoneAnd now a SP-570!..

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