For the Pana FZ50, the actual focal length is only 72mm when at 432mm on the 35mm equivalent format. That is why you can comfortably shoot at 1/40 with OIS on.
Last edited by Clockunder; 18th October 2006 at 12:10 AM.
i definately would incline to S9600 due to it's great control in noise level for night photography
The focal length reported in the EXIF was 145mm (which should be about 220mm on the 35mm equivalent format) for the first picture and 45.2mm (should be about 270mm on the 35mm equivalent format) for the 2nd picture quoted below.
Don't know why the discrepancies between what is claimed and the EXIF.
Last edited by Clockunder; 17th October 2006 at 11:55 PM.
Different people shoot different things and therefore have different needs.
If you're concerned with handshake blur but not with noise, then the Pana FZ50 is probably the better choice with its image stabiliser. The downside is that its noise is quite horrible at above ISO 200. It is suitable for both beginners as well as experienced photographers.
The Fujifilm S9600 is slightly more for sophisticated photographers who already know that they are willing to forgo image stabiliser for much better high ISO performance in Fujifilm's Super CCD. Good high ISO performance is essential for indoor and low light outdoor events where there is a need to avoid too much motion blur with the use of a very high ISO (800 and above) to achieve a higher shutter speed.
Last edited by Clockunder; 17th October 2006 at 11:54 PM.
does the aperture size difference (when at full zoom) between these two camera matters very much??
I'll go for LUMIX... daytime the LEICA glass never failed me btw, I use FZ 20 till now and still satisfied till now. If u dun wanna upgrade to the DSLR world, go for LUMIX - some more FZ 50 got ttl hot shoe now...
my 0.02 cents
btw, some updates to the S9600 price... just called this morning to check out the price... $790 for S960 w/o memory. includes a free camera bag.
I've just done some test shot(just to check on 'NOISE' indoor natural window-film diffuse light only) on ISO ranging 100 to 800 + NR set to "LOW" & also another group 100 to 800 + NR set to the "Default=Standard" & got the photos back in 5R+4R with instruction to the lab to leave everything "N"=No Adustment. To my surprise was the sharpness, contrast & colours, really thanks to LEICA Lens.
Anything that can take pictures...happy already lor...(..but...Hasselblad_H5D-50 as my Workhorse)
"True" resolution wise, I do not think there is a GREAT difference between the 3 cams even though the S3IS is "only" 6mp. Sure u can crop pics from the S9600 to look better.. and as long as u retain 3mp or more of data, it will still print out fine at 4R/5R/6R..
Each of these cams have their pros and cons.. it will be dependant on your priorities to see which is the best suited for u..
This is quite a useful site for starter. http://www.photoxels.com/digital-pho...tutorials.html
anyway if you have tried shooting with any of the fz at 12x zoom without stabiliser, it is very very hard to even get sharp image @ 1/72s. so my guess is that the 1/focal length rule apply on 35mm equiv. in this case fz will be arond 1/420 @ 12x zoom