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question about superzoom camera
I'm buying a superzoom camera soon. Like your opinion.The most important functions are:*min 12X optical zoom*good picture quality, great if thats*fast operating*not too clumsy.

I'm considering the.

*Fuji S8000fd*.

It seems to have good pic. quality over all, and at least less noise at high ISO than it's compeditors. but is it fast?.

*The Panasonic FZ18 *seems to bee great to, but suffers from moore noise at low light..

*Canon S5*.

Of course there's Olympus 560UZ, H9, but as I've read, they have worse pic. quality..

Greatful to be given your advices!..

Comments (9)

Good that the Fuji, Pana and Canon all have image-stabilized lenses!The Fuji takes the annoying xD memory card, and also annoying AA batteries..

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Comment #1

I don't find anything annoying about AA batteries. Disposables are available anywhere in case of emergencies. The rechargeables are also very inexpensive. They are available with high ratings and they can be recharged very quickly. I just got a G9 with Li batteries. How annoying when compared with my A95 with AA batteries.

My AA batteries are recharged in less than 15 minutes. I can buy several sets of batteries, and a charger and an automobile adapter for much less than a single Li battery...

Comment #2

There are the Panasonic FZ30 and FZ50 + the Leica equivalent of the FZ50.......

Comment #3

Some think it is better than the H9, and if you glance at the Sony forum, you will find some excellent shots taken with it. Right now the price is pretty good, too..

I have the Sony H1 (a bit old, I know) and I love it, but I just take family pics, so my opinion should not count for much..

However, none of my friends P&S cameras can beat it.. (smug grin)..

Once you try a superzoom (and especially if you get a macro and a good TCon) your little compacts just get left at home...

Regards,.

Dario..

Comment #4

AA batteries:are difficult to change out (in sets of 4) in the fieldmay discharge when at restdon't always recharge dependably in cheap chargers..

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Comment #5

I agree with the charger info.That is why I bought a bc-900 charger.OK it looks it $50 + now but it a GREAT charger..

As for the self discharging it looks like they starting to get a handle on that with some of the batteries that come pre-charged but it still too early to buy in yet for me..

Lithium looks good from what I have read..

As for the camera good look. I have tried a Fuji S700 and it was good on most shots and now working with a Kodak Z712 IS. Not too bad so far...

Comment #6

Erik Jansson wrote:.

I'm buying a superzoom camera soon. Like your opinion..

You might look at the Panasonic FZ50..

The most important functions are:*min 12X optical zoom*good picture quality, great if thats.

Larger sensor than the others translates to better image quality..

*fast operating.

The non-extending lens with zoom & focus rings results in faster operating than the others..

*not too clumsy.

It is larger than the others, but I find it well balanced and easy to hold..

I'm considering the.

*Fuji S8000fd*It seems to have good pic. quality over all, and at least less noiseat high ISO than it's compeditors. but is it fast?.

*The Panasonic FZ18 *seems to bee great to, but suffers from moore noise at low light..

*Canon S5*.

Of course there's Olympus 560UZ, H9, but as I've read, they haveworse pic. quality..

Greatful to be given your advices!.

Joel Orlinsky.

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Comment #7

Ok. so the FZ50 is a good buy then.I have read some reviews of the Fujifilm S9600..

It also has a bigger sensor than the other super-zooms, (1/1,6") and it seems to produce sharp and nice pictures. better than the FZ50?.

I'm considering one of these two. The biggest differences I see between the FZ50 and the S96000 is that Fz50 has greater zoom and stabilization.they are booth quick.

But the Fuji handles high ISO situations better, less noise overall... = better pictures?.

Is the S9600 a better choice if I value the pic. quality most in various situations?.

And final question....

Is the lens-shift stabilization a very good thing too have in real life or is it overrated? Some say the "Iso stabilization" works well enough, but not above 300mm ...

Comment #8

Erik... Big difference is that the Fuji has a 28mm equivalent starting point compared to 36mm on the Fz50 (You need Fz18 to get the 28mm starting point.).

If you don't do a lot of landscapes then you'll not mind starting at 36mm; but for me it was a deal breaker..

Anti shake is over-rated except when one has a insubstantial and badly balanced camera, which the Fuji 9600 isn't. Image stabilisation will help some, but not enough in REAL low light and ultra long zooming. Even on my DSLR which will shoot OK at ISO1600 and passbly at 3200 it still isn't always enough. Tripods are indispensible for very demading shooting situations and substitutes occur everywhere: walls, tables, trees, fences, trashcans. mini-tripods, beanbags etc..

Take a look at my intro about the 9600 in the 'Back To The Bridge Camera" link below..

John.Please visit me at:http://www.pbase.com/johnfr/backtothebridgehttp://www.pbase.com/johnfr..

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