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    ok went down to have hands-on one the 2 cameras.. here's the review:
    -S5 is a lot heavier than the FZ18 and somehow i felt my right index finger more comfortable on the shoot button then the FZ18's.
    -There are many many many more buttons and knobs and switches on the S5 than on FZ18 which mainly use a joystick to control.
    -There's firmer grip on the FZ18 as it has rubber grip while S5 is more of plastic.

    From today's hand-on the 2 cameras, I prefer the S5 but I can't seem to let go the wider and longer zoom from the FZ18 and 16:9 aspect ratio recording. Think the IQ from FZ18 is also better than S5's..

    So I think today's hands-on not quite useful also haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaozhoi View Post
    ok went down to have hands-on one the 2 cameras.. here's the review:
    -S5 is a lot heavier than the FZ18 and somehow i felt my right index finger more comfortable on the shoot button then the FZ18's.
    -There are many many many more buttons and knobs and switches on the S5 than on FZ18 which mainly use a joystick to control.
    -There's firmer grip on the FZ18 as it has rubber grip while S5 is more of plastic.

    From today's hand-on the 2 cameras, I prefer the S5 but I can't seem to let go the wider and longer zoom from the FZ18 and 16:9 aspect ratio recording. Think the IQ from FZ18 is also better than S5's..

    So I think today's hands-on not quite useful also haha
    juz get the one you feel better... actually im not surprised by your finding as the fz are known to be among the best when it comes to daylight photo output. but its another story at low light, if you can live with it, the fz is for you. but again, the S5 ain't that much better in low light as well when it comes to noise control
    Last edited by ExplorerZ; 3rd October 2007 at 08:20 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExplorerZ View Post
    difficulties? because dSLR underexposed the scene? i would say that is better as one can easily push to shadow to get details but not pull the highlight to get details.
    True, but what I meant was straight out of the box. Pardon my ang-moh!
    from guitars, cars to dslr...

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    if you're taking more in door shots... i would prefer to have one with a hotshoe... which is the case for my fz5... the flash is a simply... cannot make it...

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    i would ask you to get a S5IS if you only intend to take pics.
    I would ask you to get the FZ50 if you are interested in manual controls.

    I found that the pics you see on the PNS are not alway true. bring your SD card to try next time and bring it home to compare. S5IS big advantage is the ability to put it on the table, take pic while look at screen.

    one more thing, i found that all PNS i have tested or tired are not good under low light conditions.
    Last edited by GilbertGoh; 3rd October 2007 at 11:33 AM. Reason: add things
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    Quote Originally Posted by GilbertGoh View Post
    one more thing, i found that all PNS i have tested or tired are not good under low light conditions.
    thats when u upgrade to a budget DSLR when u can't take the noise

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    Quote Originally Posted by GilbertGoh View Post
    i would ask you to get a S5IS if you only intend to take pics.
    I would ask you to get the FZ50 if you are interested in manual controls.

    I found that the pics you see on the PNS are not alway true. bring your SD card to try next time and bring it home to compare. S5IS big advantage is the ability to put it on the table, take pic while look at screen.

    one more thing, i found that all PNS i have tested or tired are not good under low light conditions.
    ur S5is still for sale? any reason for selling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaozhoi View Post
    all 3 got manual focus.. guess all proconsumer have that feature i think.. and only the canon s5 have hotshoe for flash..
    You can consider 9500/9600 fuji. I used 9500 before i changed to A100.

    It have manual features and hotshoe too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Six-GHz View Post
    True, but what I meant was straight out of the box. Pardon my ang-moh!
    you can achieve those also with a dSLR, juz change the metering to spot or centre-weight and meter the shadow...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lukesky View Post
    thats when u upgrade to a budget DSLR when u can't take the noise
    Totally agree with u!

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    why dont u try the fuji s6500?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lukesky View Post
    thats when u upgrade to a budget DSLR when u can't take the noise
    yes thats what i'm planning to do soon...
    the noise of FZ5 is getting to me recently.
    for FZ7 is even worse.

    for most proconsumers, if their noise levels is reasonable, it means most likely the image is softer in focus in low light due to high amount of noise processing within the camera itself.

    for superzoom models notice that their chip is mostly 1/2.5" in order to keep the size down, the sensor size cannot be increase because the lens mm will increase as well leading to a bigger camera body.

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