Canon S1 IS vs Pana Lumix FZ15 vs ... ??

Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by Abhinav Modi, Jan 4, 2005.

  1. Abhinav Modi

    Abhinav Modi Guest

    Hi all.

    Having traversed the archives of et al, I finally think I
    am close to selecting a camera for myself.

    I am looking for a digital camera which will help me start into the
    world of amateur and hobbyist photography - and, (isnt this obvious ;))
    I am on a tight budget (around USD $ 400). The camera should provide
    manual controls to play around with, and have a bit of flexibility in
    adding lenses, etc later. (Hope I am not asking for too much .. ? :)

    I found the High - Zoom cameras within my range and promising:

    1. Panasonic Lumix FZ15 (FZ20 is better, but $100 more - for an extra MP
    (5 instead of 4) and hot shoe for flash. This is a bit too high for me .. )

    2. Canon S1 IS
    3. Someone mentioned Olympus 756 UZ - havent looked at it too much
    4. Konica Minolta Z3 - But seems 1 and 2 above are better

    Any inputs on which should be the best choice for me, providing enough
    to experiment and be extensible. Please let me know of any other cameras
    you think fit the bill for me!

    Thanks a lot

    Abhinav Modi, Jan 4, 2005
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  2. Abhinav Modi

    thedeepabyss Guest

    The FZ15 is far and away the better camera for digital photos - the
    lens is the same as the FZ20's; F/2.8 throughout the zoom range is
    worth a few extra bucks. The S1 IS has apparently a nice movie mode,
    but I wouldn't recommend buying a digital camera if what you need is a
    camcorder. The image quality from the S1 IS is more comparable to the
    Pana FZ3's output from what I've seen in the reviews. I'd even pick the
    FZ3 over the S1 IS, again because of the F/2.8 throughout the zoom. The
    Panasonics use SD while the Canon uses CF cards; might bend me to the
    Canon since I already have a bunch of CF cards.

    thedeepabyss, Jan 7, 2005
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