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RAW of Olympus 560 UZ VS that of Canon G9
I'm looking for a compact camera to take scuba diving and my main criteria is RAW. Has anyone done any sort of comparison between what can be extracted quality wise from the RAW files of the 560uz and the G9? I'm leaning towards the Olympus just for the longer zoom now... Also does anyone know how the 2 compare as far as aggressive NR, AF speeds and shutterlag?ThanksCheers,Leah.

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If zoom is not a pressing need, than G9 is better due to sharper lens, more resolution, compact size, dedicated ISO dial, OVF. And if you do need big zoom, than I would advise Panasonic FZ50, which has sharpest lens with minimal distortion&fringing, tilt LCD, manual zoom for precise adjustments, RAW. (560UZ has fringing problems near tele-end.).

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I'm looking for a compact camera to take scuba diving and my maincriteria is RAW. Has anyone done any sort of comparison between whatcan be extracted quality wise from the RAW files of the 560uz and theG9? I'm leaning towards the Olympus just for the longer zoom now...Also does anyone know how the 2 compare as far as aggressive NR, AFspeeds and shutterlag?ThanksCheers,Leah.

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Does tje FZ50 have an underwater housing? Also I know from my Panny FX07 that there is aggressive NR even at 100 ISO which I am not happy about do you know if this is the case also with the FZ50 mentioned above? Resolution is less important but sharpness is so the lens on the G9 is better than the 560s? OVF and dedicated ISO dial also are not to important it's mostly a search for quality, fast AF and minimal shutterlag whilst a longer zoom would be nicer but not a deal killer since I already have 2 SLR systems and this would be mainly for UW photography.Thanks for your help!.

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If zoom is not a pressing need, than G9 is better due to sharperlens, more resolution, compact size, dedicated ISO dial, OVF. And ifyou do need big zoom, than I would advise Panasonic FZ50, which hassharpest lens with minimal distortion&fringing, tilt LCD, manual zoomfor precise adjustments, RAW. (560UZ has fringing problems neartele-end.)..

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Leya216 wrote:.

Does tje FZ50 have an underwater housing?.

Panasonic does not list one in their catalogue. So only III party options might be there. Not sure..

Also I know from my PannyFX07 that there is aggressive NR even at 100 ISO which I am not happyabout do you know if this is the case also with the FZ50 mentionedabove?.

Yes in case of JPGs. But I suggested this as you shoot Raw, where that won't be a factor. Again, among long zoom cameras, I consider it fast (espicially while shooting RAW). You may compare the timings of FZ50 with those of G7 & SP550 to have some idea..

Resolution is less important but sharpness is so the lens onthe G9 is better than the 560s?.

Surely. You may download some photos from independent reviewer's sites like Steves-digicam or DCRESOURCE, where you might be able to find identical scenes photographed by both cameras. (Maybe from G7 and 550 reviews. But that should give fair idea, as the lenses remain same for both models.)..

Also,as a Rule of Thumb, more the glass elements (more zoom), softer will be the image. And I have definitely observed 18x zooms being softer than 12x ones..

OVF and dedicated ISO dial also arenot to important it's mostly a search for quality, fast AF andminimal shutterlag whilst a longer zoom would be nicer but not a dealkiller since I already have 2 SLR systems and this would be mainlyfor UW photography..

1. All zooms get slower near the tele-end. So more zoom will be slower. It will hunt in search of contrast..

2. OVF helps in keeping track of subjects while the camera goes through the shutter lag. EVFs might freeze for a moment at capture.3. G9 does have underwater housing. (See below)http://www.amazon.com/...non-WP-DC21-Underwater-housing-Digital/dp/B000V74S1Y.

Thanks for your help!.

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If zoom is not a pressing need, than G9 is better due to sharperlens, more resolution, compact size, dedicated ISO dial, OVF. And ifyou do need big zoom, than I would advise Panasonic FZ50, which hassharpest lens with minimal distortion&fringing, tilt LCD, manual zoomfor precise adjustments, RAW. (560UZ has fringing problems neartele-end.).

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Comment #3

Below is Canon G9 review conclusionhttp://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_reviews/canon_g9_pg7.html& sampleshttp://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_reviews/canon_g9_samples.htmlBelow is SP550UZ (predecessor of 560UZ, same lens)http://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_reviews/sp550_pg5.htmlBelow are sampleshttp://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_reviews/sp550_samples.html.

In conclusions Paragraph, you will find some observations about speed & lens quality.Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

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F you do need more zoom than instead of SP560, I would suggest Panasonic FZ18, which has less fringing problems and has Raw mode too.http://www.dcresource.com/.../reviews/panasonic/dmc_fz18-review/index.shtml.

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Below is Canon G9 review conclusionhttp://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_reviews/canon_g9_pg7.html& sampleshttp://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_reviews/canon_g9_samples.htmlBelow is SP550UZ (predecessor of 560UZ, same lens)http://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_reviews/sp550_pg5.htmlBelow are sampleshttp://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_reviews/sp550_samples.htmlIn conclusions Paragraph, you will find some observations about speed& lens quality.Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612.

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Cheers,Leah.

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