Panasonic Prosumers - or which of another brand prosumer would you reccomend?


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lagom

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Hello,

I know I've got this other thread running but I decided to start a new one, as this is another topic.


I'm looking for a new camera and in the beginning I was determined to buy a dSLR. But now I started to consider a Prosumer, too. My father "earns" a kind of points with can be used as money to buy Panasonic products, so I could use his points to buy a panasonic prosumer.

What do you think Prosumers in general? Are they good compared to other brands or would you reccomeof Panasonic nd to stick to another brand?
If it's worth I would not mind to use my normal money instead of my fathers points. If Panasonic is good, which camera do you think is the best?

I am searching for a camera for my India trip, so I'm looking for a handy camera with good picture quality, even strong in suboptimal light and good at makrolike pictures,too. A hyperextremebig zoom is not important to me, of course I should be able to zoom but it doesn't have to be 18x. I think I will photograph a little bit of "everything", but especially people, landscapes and so on.

Thank you for your help!

many regards,

Salome
 

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Hi,

I like prosumers, even though I use a DSLR. I'd love to have the G9, as I'd probably have it with me all the time.

However, I think the image quality of prosumers is not much better than normal PnS cameras. What you're paying is for the bells and whistles, like a big zoom lens, manual controls and maybe RAW capture.

Prosumers are great for travel though, to cover the focal length using a DSLR, you'd have to carry a big bag of lenses.

As for Panasonic, I think they make good cameras and they have Leica badge on their products, so can't be bad ;)
 

gymak90

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I didn't have a good experience using panasonic prosumers. In terms of build quality, image quality and available functions, cameras from other manufacturers will easily beat models from panasonic.

Companies that don't specialise - those that produce a little of 'everything' tend not to give good stuffs in whatever they make. To me, panasonic seems to use style and design to woo customers, rather than using image quality.

If you are keen on 18x zoom, there's Nikon P80. Other options would be from olympus and canon.
 

roger7464

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I like my Pana Fz8, Very easy to hold, excellant color, 12x Leica len, just remmember to set up the camera noise reduction to High. I just found out price have dropped to $399 at Ang M Kio C superstore yesterday. I paid mine $555.00 a year ago
 

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I like my Pana Fz8, Very easy to hold, excellant color, 12x Leica len, just remmember to set up the camera noise reduction to High. I just found out price have dropped to $399 at Ang M Kio C superstore yesterday. I paid mine $555.00 a year ago
1) TS is from Europe, not Singapore, so information about Ang Mo Kio prices is not too relevant for him.

2) It's "lens", not "len". Plural = "lenses"

prosumers are great photographic tools. Gives you the DSLR look and feel (sort of) without the high prices. BUT now that entry-level DSLRs are not much more expensive, it is worth considering just jumping into the DSLR world if you're quite serious about a photographic hobby.

* i owned a Panasonic FZ-10, but sold it off and got a Nikon D80.
 

lagom

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Today I had a closer look at several Prosumer reviews and I think I like the Panasonic ones. Especially the FX50 catched my eye.

I'm asking myself if there will soon be a newer camera from Panasonic that will be quite like this, as the fx50 is already quite old? Does anybody know that when panasonic will release anything new?

Thanx!!
 

windwaver

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1) TS is from Europe, not Singapore, so information about Ang Mo Kio prices is not too relevant for him.

2) It's "lens", not "len". Plural = "lenses"

prosumers are great photographic tools. Gives you the DSLR look and feel (sort of) without the high prices. BUT now that entry-level DSLRs are not much more expensive, it is worth considering just jumping into the DSLR world if you're quite serious about a photographic hobby.

* i owned a Panasonic FZ-10, but sold it off and got a Nikon D80.
It will start to get expensive once you start collecting lenses. It's not easy to get the shots you want with just the kit lens.
 

SoulXion

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Today I had a closer look at several Prosumer reviews and I think I like the Panasonic ones. Especially the FX50 catched my eye.

I'm asking myself if there will soon be a newer camera from Panasonic that will be quite like this, as the fx50 is already quite old? Does anybody know that when panasonic will release anything new?

Thanx!!
Maybe you can have a look at Fujifilm S100FS:thumbsup:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Fujifilm/fujifilm_S100FS.asp
Downside is heavy(around 1kg) & expensive(around $840):thumbsd:
 

lagom

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just a correction, the camera i'm talking about is the Fz50 and not the FX50. ;)

and I'm still wondering when Panasonic will release new cameras?
 

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I am a user of the Panasonic FZ30. Pretty happy with it.

The range of the optical zoom really allows you to have many composition options in one neat package.

See my recent travel shots to Paris, Redang (Malaysia), taken with this camera, all after post processing of course.
 

Rashkae

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You could also get a second-hand Sony R1.
 

lagom

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I am a user of the Panasonic FZ30. Pretty happy with it.

The range of the optical zoom really allows you to have many composition options in one neat package.

See my recent travel shots to Paris, Redang (Malaysia), taken with this camera, all after post processing of course.

that seems to be the previous model of the fz50?

Does anybody know when Panasonic will release new cameras or where I could get this information?

Thank you
 

mccm33

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Sony H9 good ,3" view ,solid built but pana dont have the feel .
 

Simon_84

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i'm using a FZ5.
for pana pro-consumers, lower mp means you can use more range of iso from 80 to 200.
but FZ18 got better noise reduction program no as compared to the FZ8.
can look for the iso difference over in dcresource.com
 

fitlies

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FZ50 for me! personally I feel that it's a good all-round camera. regarding with the next line of Pannys, there's no rumours about it thus far though.
 

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