Making the final digital camera purchase choice???

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Joe, Jun 18, 2004.

  1. Joe

    Joe Guest

    Panasonic DMC-FZ10K and Canon PowerShot S1 IS

    I have been looking at stat sheets for a few days. Without really
    knowing what the he!! I am doing it does seem that image stabilization
    is a worthy feature and worth the premium and I am pretty much
    settling on these 2 camera. I read the message string that was posted
    in the past on these cameras.

    There is about $100.00 difference in price. Is the Panasonic worth the
    $100.00 premium for the extra megapixal, 12X optical instead of 10X
    and the Lieca lens?

    Any other comparison features that stand out?

    Most of the reviews were positive. I did read one that was negative on
    the picture quality of the Canon, anyone else find that to be the
    case?

    I have not handled the Panasonic but a local Staples had the Canon. It
    appeared to be a well made piece of equipment.

    I am thinking of purchasing from this on-line business, about $100.00
    less than retail, anyone ever deal with them?
    http://www.digitaletailer.com

    Any points to think about or additional factors to consider would be
    appreciated.

    Thanks

    Joe
     
    Joe, Jun 18, 2004
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    grenner Guest

    I have the Canon and went with it because of the image stabilization.
    Trying to hold a camera steady for full 10x or 12x zoom is difficult to do
    with out showing some shake. The Canon takes nice pictures and uses the
    commonly available AA batteries of which I have plenty of the PowerEx and in
    a pinch can use regular battries if needed. It also uses CF which I have
    plenty of.

    I am aware of the 12x Panasonic but have never looked at it.

    Greg
     
    grenner, Jun 19, 2004
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    grenner Guest

    One other note, the store you give the Web address for is in Brooklyn, NY.
    That address alone, selling electronics should strike fear into the hearts
    of anyone buying a camera. If the prices are too good to be true they
    probably are some kind of gray market or open merchandise or simply not
    available

    Greg
     
    grenner, Jun 19, 2004
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    Nick C Guest

    These type cameras have little sensors and noise progressively becomes a
    problem about ISO 200 and faster.

    nick
     
    Nick C, Jun 19, 2004
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    Phil Wheeler Guest

    The Panasonic has a somewhat smaller sensor and perhaps more noise. But
    it has a faster lens (f/2.8 throughout its 12x zoom range). OTOH -- the
    Canon is smaller and their IS is excellent.

    In any case, none of us ever make a "final digital camera purchase
    choice". There is always the next one -- and, for most, a dSLR in the end.

    Phil
     
    Phil Wheeler, Jun 19, 2004
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    Double D Guest

    IMHO the Canon images look much better. The Canon DIGIC processor is a
    factor in this. Superfine JPGs on Canon digicams are as close to lossless
    as possible. This results in smoother, cleaner images with less
    artifacts. My cousin owns the S1 IS. She is very pleased with it. I also
    have a friend who owns the Panasonic FZ10. I have used both cameras.
    Personally, I like the feel of the Canon better, but this is a personal
    preference.

    You would probably be happy with either model, but don't let the extra
    megapixel sway you one way or another. I would go with the Canon, but of
    course I'm a Canon EOS shooter. :)

    Dick
     
    Double D, Jun 19, 2004
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    Renee Guest

    Hi Joe,

    I recently bought the Canon S1 IS and love it. I'm very happy with the
    pictures and I still can't find of that dreaded purple fringing in my shots.
    My printer only prints 8 1/2 x 11 so I don't need anything greater than 3.2
    Mpixel. I don't plan on getting posters made either.

    The camera feels sturdy, unlike my other featherlight cameras, and I am more
    able to keep it still while shooting. I got it for its image stablization,
    10x zoom (which is great!) and good movie taking ability (don't have a
    camcorder). I really like the electronic viewfinder -- I can see the
    functions and menu through it no matter what lighting I'm in. Of course I
    haven't tried that in pitch darkness, but I have taken shots like that where
    I needed the menu in a darkened restaurant, and in bright sunlight. And
    unlike my old cheapo digital camera, there is no parallax (I think that's
    what you call it, where the viewfinder doesn't display what's actually being
    shot). They claim the viewfinder is 100% accurate, and I use it to conserve
    my battery charge.

    I decided to buy S1 IS online from Walmart.com when they had a 10% off sale
    (don't know if it's still on sale). What really cinched the deal for me was
    that they had a 30-day no-questions-asked, no-restocking-fee return policy.
    Even though I bought it online, I could take it back to my local Walmart if
    I didn't like it. My local Circuit City and Best Buy stores carry the
    camera, but they only have a 15-day return policy, and charge a 15%
    restocking fee.

    Renee
     
    Renee, Jun 19, 2004
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    Joe Guest

    Thanks to all that answered.

    I decided on the Canon and just ordered it through Walmart.com

    I have been beating myself up over the little things for a few days
    now and decided to go with the Canon. This is a first camera with any
    "advanced" features so the prolonged indecision was taking away
    opportunity to use the camera. I expect the learning curve will be
    steep.

    My basic rationalization looked at resolution, I discounted the pixels
    and felt that the difference between 3.2 and 4 mega-pixels wasn't that
    great. I also considered the difference between lenses 12X or 10X and
    believe it isn't that much of an issue as well.

    I will say that the burst mode and the 4 FPS for the Panasonic was
    desirable and that was a real sticking point pulling me toward the
    Panasonic, but I am a novice and if as I use the camera and take a lot
    of pics and the 1.7 FPS that the Canon delivers poses a problem I will
    look at the issue then.

    The cost is about $100 bucks difference and for the extra $100 I will
    get some memory and maybe a battery set and charger.

    There were enough features to pull me either way. I expect, I would
    have been happy with either and hope I will be happy with the Canon.

    Time will tell.

    Again, thanks to all that answered this message string as well as the
    10X message string. Your input and direction was a big help in
    choosing.

    Joe
     
    Joe, Jun 21, 2004
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