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Which to choose, DMC-FZ18 or S5is
Hi All,.

I need to buy a bridge camera for my travel soon..

The camera will be use for:1. taking shots while travelling on the coach.2. taking outdoor macro flowers and tele shots for animals.3. portrait and group photos, indoor and outdoor..

I have intention to develop a few 8R..

I have viewed the FZ18 and S5is. The Salesperson recommended S5is because of better colour and low noise but I am more inclined to FZ18..

Please advise which is more suitable for me. Thank you...

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Gaku70 wrote:.

Hi All,.

I need to buy a bridge camera for my travel soon..

The camera will be use for:1. taking shots while travelling on the coach.2. taking outdoor macro flowers and tele shots for animals.3. portrait and group photos, indoor and outdoor..

I have intention to develop a few 8R..

I have viewed the FZ18 and S5is. The Salesperson recommended S5isbecause of better colour and low noise but I am more inclined toFZ18..

Please advise which is more suitable for me. Thank you..

I have no experience with the Canon S5 so I can't comment on it's image quality compared to the FZ18. However, I bought an FZ18 (I own a FZ30 & a TZ3) for my son's family and they really like the camera. I have had a chance to use it for a few days. I think for the price and size, it's a hard camera to beat. Here are my thoughts:.

1. The FZ18 has 28mm wideangle, the S5 only goes down to 36mm. I find that many of my shots with the FZ18 and my TZ3 are at 28mm. It's useful for landscapes, architecture (inside and outside), and group shots..

2. On the telephoto end, it's 504mm vs. 432mm which is a small, but still significant advantage for the FZ18..

3. The S5 has a hotshoe for an additional flash, while the FZ18 doesn't. However, if you're using the camera for travel, it's unlikely you'll carry an extra flash and batteries, maybe you will?.

4. I think the fZ18 is slightly lighter and smaller ... an advantage for a travel camera..

Good luck ....

Simon.

Http://scpics.smugmug.com/..

Comment #1

Thanks for your reply Simon..

For outdoor, I understand that FZ18 can shoot good photos. May I know if you have any noise problem for indoor shots?.

By the way, do you use tripod for your tele shots?..

Comment #2

Gaku70 wrote:.

Hi All,.

I need to buy a bridge camera for my travel soon..

The camera will be use for:1. taking shots while travelling on the coach.2. taking outdoor macro flowers and tele shots for animals.3. portrait and group photos, indoor and outdoor..

I have intention to develop a few 8R..

I have viewed the FZ18 and S5is. The Salesperson recommended S5isbecause of better colour and low noise but I am more inclined toFZ18..

Please advise which is more suitable for me. Thank you..

I went through the same analysis several months ago and ended up buying the Canon S5. If you compare pics straight from the camera, Canon looks to have a better quality (but some would disagree!) You can use the video zoom telephoto on the Canon but not the FZ18 (and the video is better on the Canon but some would disagree!)and there is a range of accessories that fit the S5 (but you have to buy into the Canon system (except filters and some additional lens)and not the least ... those "CHDK" programs.

Http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK_in_Brief.

Check out the additional functions available with S5 and other Canon P&S cameras-.

1/33,000 shutter speed to over 1 minute , smaller aperture to f16 , RAW image mode, unlimited time-lapse interval (intervalometer) remote controlled shutter (with battery), unlimited AEB exposure bracketing, open source scripts for using the camera as a motion detector , etc..

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/w-photos/full resolution Canon S5 video http://www.filefactory.com/file/8e57cf..

Comment #3

Thanks for the reply..

May I know if you have you tried printing into 8R with good quality?.

So in your opinion, you feel that S5 has better IQ than FZ18, right. I have checked the S5 photos on the website and it is good..

I do not use video much and so the zoom factor doesn't help me much and as I would be on the move, I will try to bring as less accessories if possible...

Comment #4

The FZ18 has an excellent image stabilization system. For most shots at the telephoto end, no tripod is necessary. However, if you want to shoot with a very slow (longer than about 1/20 sec) shutter at the telephoto end, then a tripod would be useful..

In regards to noise on indoor shots ... Most of my experience with the FZ18 is shooting outdoors ... or ... with flash (or good light) indoors. The issue of noise is very subjective. If you want low noise at high ISOs, go with a DSLR.

Typically, the smaller the sensor, the worse the noise. The FZ18 is a small sensor camera. The FZ18 offers a very good package for it's size and price, but it's not perfect..

- Simon.

Http://scpics.smugmug.com/..

Comment #5

Gaku70 wrote:.

Thanks for the reply..

May I know if you have you tried printing into 8R with good quality?.

So in your opinion, you feel that S5 has better IQ than FZ18, right.I have checked the S5 photos on the website and it is good..

I do not use video much and so the zoom factor doesn't help me muchand as I would be on the move, I will try to bring as lessaccessories if possible..

I've not actually printed any pics from my Canon S5, eventually I will but with digital picture frames, email, etc. it hasn't been a priority..

You can check out pics on Flickr or any photo hosting site for comparison, just search for a specific camera..

Truth is, if you use the auto modes and not the manual settings all the major brands of ultra-zoom will work for you - Canon, Panasonic, Olympus, etc. If you don't want to spend the big $$$ on dSLR lens this is the way to go no matter what make of camera..

I recommend Canon because (my opinion!) the pics looked better straight from the camera (and I saw this on another non-camera travel forum) if you want more control over the manual functions Canon offers more - - but only with additional "CHDK" programs - see http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK_in_Brief ,.

Also there are other products associated with Canon that work with the S5 if you decide to move on up the camera $$$ feed chain. but not a big factor in my case.

Oh. and don't discount the video capabilities, you may think you won't use video but wait until you go to a wedding and record some priceless dance moves. that's the only time so far I have seriously used video but those clips have already been uploaded, copied to other computers, burned to disk, i.e. archived for eternity!.

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/w-photos/full resolution Canon S5 video http://www.filefactory.com/file/8e57cf..

Comment #6

Both will probably meet your needs. I haven't used the S5IS (i debated about it when I was looking for a camera for my wife but ended up getting the FZ18). I think the FZ18 is an fair to good camera with good light. The specifications were similar enough where it mattered for me that it came down to the capability to shoot RAW which the canon did not have. I actually think the performance of my old (now broken) Canon G3 was a little better than the FZ18 - but that is just my opinion based on my needs..

One really nice feature on the S5IS is the articulating screen (full 180 degree rotation)...very handy feature in my opinion..

Bw100 wrote:.

Gaku70 wrote:.

Thanks for the reply..

May I know if you have you tried printing into 8R with good quality?.

So in your opinion, you feel that S5 has better IQ than FZ18, right.I have checked the S5 photos on the website and it is good..

I do not use video much and so the zoom factor doesn't help me muchand as I would be on the move, I will try to bring as lessaccessories if possible..

I've not actually printed any pics from my Canon S5, eventually Iwill but with digital picture frames, email, etc. it hasn't been apriority.You can check out pics on Flickr or any photo hosting site forcomparison, just search for a specific camera.Truth is, if you use the auto modes and not the manual settings allthe major brands of ultra-zoom will work for you - Canon, Panasonic,Olympus, etc. If you don't want to spend the big $$$ on dSLR lensthis is the way to go no matter what make of camera.I recommend Canon because (my opinion!) the pics looked betterstraight from the camera (and I saw this on another non-camera travelforum) if you want more control over the manual functions Canonoffers more - - but only with additional "CHDK" programs - seehttp://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK_in_Brief ,also there are other products associated with Canon that work withthe S5 if you decide to move on up the camera $$$ feed chain. butnot a big factor in my case.

Oh. and don't discount the video capabilities, you may think youwon't use video but wait until you go to a wedding and record somepriceless dance moves. that's the only time so far I have seriouslyused video but those clips have already been uploaded, copied toother computers, burned to disk, i.e. archived for eternity!.

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/w-photos/full resolution Canon S5 video http://www.filefactory.com/file/8e57cf..

Comment #7

ShawnCo wrote:.

Both will probably meet your needs. I haven't used the S5IS (idebated about it when I was looking for a camera for my wife butended up getting the FZ18). I think the FZ18 is an fair to goodcamera with good light. The specifications were similar enough whereit mattered for me that it came down to the capability to shoot RAWwhich the canon did not have. I actually think the performance of myold (now broken) Canon G3 was a little better than the FZ18 - butthat is just my opinion based on my needs..

One really nice feature on the S5IS is the articulating screen (full180 degree rotation)...very handy feature in my opinion..

Actually it turns out that many Canon P&S cameras (including the S5) have the ability to shoot in RAW mode (and other features) - see.

Http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK_in_Brief.

At first I thought the articulating screen was just a gimmick but now I find it quite useful.

Bw100 wrote:.

Gaku70 wrote:.

Thanks for the reply..

May I know if you have you tried printing into 8R with good quality?.

So in your opinion, you feel that S5 has better IQ than FZ18, right.I have checked the S5 photos on the website and it is good..

I do not use video much and so the zoom factor doesn't help me muchand as I would be on the move, I will try to bring as lessaccessories if possible..

I've not actually printed any pics from my Canon S5, eventually Iwill but with digital picture frames, email, etc. it hasn't been apriority.You can check out pics on Flickr or any photo hosting site forcomparison, just search for a specific camera.Truth is, if you use the auto modes and not the manual settings allthe major brands of ultra-zoom will work for you - Canon, Panasonic,Olympus, etc. If you don't want to spend the big $$$ on dSLR lensthis is the way to go no matter what make of camera.I recommend Canon because (my opinion!) the pics looked betterstraight from the camera (and I saw this on another non-camera travelforum) if you want more control over the manual functions Canonoffers more - - but only with additional "CHDK" programs - seehttp://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK_in_Brief ,also there are other products associated with Canon that work withthe S5 if you decide to move on up the camera $$$ feed chain. butnot a big factor in my case.

Oh. and don't discount the video capabilities, you may think youwon't use video but wait until you go to a wedding and record somepriceless dance moves. that's the only time so far I have seriouslyused video but those clips have already been uploaded, copied toother computers, burned to disk, i.e. archived for eternity!.

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/w-photos/full resolution Canon S5 video http://www.filefactory.com/file/8e57cf.

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/w-photos/full resolution Canon S5 video http://www.filefactory.com/file/8e57cf..

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