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Wanting 'ultra-zoom' camera....Lost...Need help!
First post here on your forums but can tell this place is packed full of info. Im wanting to get a new camera for my wife that will give some better quality pictures than we currently get from our Kodak DX740 (i think). Basically any pictures of something with motion, outside, or low light seem to be pretty poor in quality. We were also hoping to upgrade to something with a little more zoom than we have 4x. A friend just bought an olympus sp550uz and I thought it looked really nice. Did some reading and hear some good stuff about the panasonic dmc-fz28 too. Any advice, direction, or opinions would be appreciated...

Comments (6)

If you're going for quality, are you against getting a DSLR?..

Comment #1

I'm not sure what the problem is:.

If you got blurry photos from motion, try the Sport mode on your camera first. It will raise up the shutter speed and freeze the motions. To identify motion blur problem, look at an image and see if human look blury while the rest of the photo is sharp..

If you got blurry photos from camera shake, buy something with Image Stabilization. To identify camera shake problem, see if the entire image is blurry..

If low light photos look grainny, then try the Fuji F6000 could be your answer. It's one of the few point & shoots having cleaner image quality under low light..

I haven't heard of the dmc-fz28. Only the 18X super long zoom dmc-fz18. The sensor on this camera is not any cleaner than your old Kodak. Actually it could be worse because it squeezes more mega pixels (8MP) into the same tiny sensor size. The only real benefit of the FZ18 compared to your old camera is that it has image stabilization. Other than that, the rest of the improvements involve features that have little do do with image quality..

If you really want to take great action/low light photos, then save up for DSLR's. With sensor sizes of more than ten times larger, they are just way better than any superzoom out there in this aspect...

Comment #2

My bad I meant Panasonic DMC-FZ8 http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicfz8/ and my current model dx7440...sorry I messed that first post up so bad..

Really probably can't afford a dslr......just hoping to find something a little better than what we have..

So.......is there any hope of better pictures with that panasonic model...

Comment #3

I have been very happy with my Canon S2 IS and now my Canon S3 IS. In August I upgraded to the S3 and gave my daughter the S2It takes great pictures and has a few more bells and whistles than the P&S's. The zoom is amazing and the image quality of the pictures is outstanding. I can take pics in low light and outside with great results..

One warning however, the flash does not pop up automatically. You have to do it. (At first I would forget about that with the S2.).

I think Amazon has lowered the price of the S3 to $287 now that the S5 is out. I didn't need the S5 for the hotshoe and the higher price..

I have included a few pics taken with my S3. No post-processing was applied..

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Muhunter wrote:.

My bad I meant Panasonic DMC-FZ8http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicfz8/ and my current modeldx7440...sorry I messed that first post up so bad..

Really probably can't afford a dslr......just hoping to findsomething a little better than what we have..

So.......is there any hope of better pictures with that panasonic model..

Yes it will be better. The sensor is about the same, but you'll like these improvements over your last camera:.

1. The lens has wider aperture. 1.5 stops of light more, which means it can tripple your shutter speed to freeze shake and motions..

2. It has OIS, which can steady the camera shake. This is especially useful when you zoom longer.3. It has a huge zoom range of 12X, compared to 4x from your old camera4. It has lots of other manual controls, if you'll ever figure them out..

Actually I prefer the Canon S3 IS, because it's sensor is slightly cleaner, but then it's getting hard to find one, now that the (worse) S5 IS has came out...

Comment #5

Thanks alot for you all input. I will look at the S3 a little closer but am seriously thinking about the panasonic...

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