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Replacement for Panasonic FZ8
Hello,.

It's Christmas eve, I have a new camera (Panasonic FZ8) and I am very unhappy with it. Outside it's very good as long as the subject is not moving. Inside, if there is a good bit of light and you can get by without the flash, the pictures are pretty good as long as there is NO movement from the subject. When the subject is moving the pictures are blurred. When you use the flash most all pictures are over exposed. These results mean that the camera is pretty much useless for shots of children.

I am a point and shoot kind of guy. Need to keep it simple and don't want to make adustments between shots. I bought the camera for the super zoom but feel that is what led to my disapointment. I am beginning to think I am asking too much from a camera to shoot good inside and have a good super zoom lens? If I am right, I am wondering if I were to choose a camera with a zoom in the 6X range would I be able to get good all round performance or do I have to go back to the old 3X zoom for that?.

What would you recommend?.

Thanks for taking time to reply and Merry Christmas...

Comments (5)

The FZ8 is every bit as able to freeze motion as any other camera, except for some DSLR's. Also, you don't have to use the zoom at it's maximum length..

There's no way you're going to be able to get the best out of any camera unless you set it according to what you're shooting and the lighting conditions. My honest suggestion would be to read the manual for suggestions on how to set the camera for different subjects/conditions and also do some practice shots with different settings to see what works best..

The FZ8 is a very good camera and will produce nice images if set correctly. If you trust any camera to set everything for you, you're likely going to be disappointed in the outcome, unless you just get lucky..

Merry Christmas.

Charlie Marable wrote:.

Hello,It's Christmas eve, I have a new camera (Panasonic FZ8) and I am veryunhappy with it. Outside it's very good as long as the subject is notmoving. Inside, if there is a good bit of light and you can get bywithout the flash, the pictures are pretty good as long as there isNO movement from the subject. When the subject is moving the picturesare blurred. When you use the flash most all pictures are overexposed. These results mean that the camera is pretty much uselessfor shots of children.

I am a point and shoot kind of guy. Need to keep it simpleand don't want to make adustments between shots. I bought the camerafor the super zoom but feel that is what led to my disapointment. Iam beginning to think I am asking too much from a camera to shootgood inside and have a good super zoom lens? If I am right, I amwondering if I were to choose a camera with a zoom in the 6X rangewould I be able to get good all round performance or do I have to goback to the old 3X zoom for that?.

What would you recommend?.

Thanks for taking time to reply and Merry Christmas...

Comment #1

Short answer to OP - Fuji S6000/6500 or S9000/9100/9500/9600. No IS but better for freezing action..

I don't agree that the FZ8 as able as any other camera..

The OP has very correctly observed that IS, which the FZ8 relies on to keep to base ISO in low light, is useless for moving subjects. All it allows is for a longer exposure which results in motion blur. Even very slight head movements of someone staying still to be photographed will become visible as blur..

The normal technique for freezing action is to increase shutter speed and raise ISO to compensate for lost light. This is not a practical proposition in the FZ8 because the sensor noise increases very quickly as you raise ISO and Panasonic compound the problem with incredibly ham-fisted noise reduction in-camera..

Until Panasonic start addressing sensor noise seriously this will continue to ruin otherwise excellent cameras..

The reason I have so many Fuji's is because the superCCD's in them have generally performed better than CCDs in other non-DSLRs in terms of lower noise. The extra ISO level or two you can squeeze from them means you can freeze action and get reasonable results..

I don't understand why more Panasonic owners don't complain vehemently to Panasonic about this. I'm also fed up of reviewers forgiving Panasonic based purely on the fantasy of the alleged Leica lens. A good lens attached to a bad sensor is useless, essentially crippled and priced at a premium..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #2

Sjgcit,.

Thanks for the reply and recommendation. I looked at the S6000 and it looks like a nice camera but my budget is around $250 to $300 street price. Any other recommendations in that price range?.

Thanks again and Merry Christmas...

Comment #3

When you use the flash most all pictures are over exposed..

The image stabilization in the FZ line tends to be so good that you can shoot hand held at sinfully low shutter speeds. However I also find that inside I need to use the flash to raise the shutter speed and get more clear shots. Are you aware you can adjust the flash output?? Have it throw not as much light creating that over exposed look? It's buried in the +/- button. The first thing is exposure compensation, then using your up arrow, the third thing is the flash output. You can turn it down there..

However I do understand just simply deciding you hate a camera. Good luck on your quest...

Comment #4

I have both FZ5 and FZ7, and find them wonderful. Of course in low light, and fast motion you will blur, but that is when you fire the flash !Shoot to capture, not kill !.

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