Panasonic DMC-FZ30K or FujiFilm FinePix S9000 ??????

Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by webhound2000, Feb 18, 2006.

  1. webhound2000

    webhound2000 Guest

    Given the choice between these two, any and all comments are
    appreciated. I will use the camera primarily for landscapes.
    webhound2000, Feb 18, 2006
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    nellybly Guest

    They are both great cameras, but I prefer the way the Fuji handles. If
    you have the opportunity to try the two before you buy, I am sure you
    will have no trouble making the decision. See how it feels in your
    nellybly, Feb 18, 2006
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    Monkee Guest

    Depends on who you talk to and your own personal needs and preferences...

    Check out plenty of reviews from sites like:

    Also make sure you read the forums on dpreview and get some views and actual
    pictures from real life owners.

    Personally I went for the panasonic, the extra zoom and IS made more sense
    for me than better low light performance and I liked the feel and control
    layout of the Panasonic better than the fuji.
    Monkee, Feb 18, 2006
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    ASAAR Guest

    Then the FZ30 is probably the best choice for you. But those two
    features wouldn't really benefit the OP or others that are primarily
    interested in landscape photography. Much more important would be a
    good tripod! Some cameras have difficulty focusing on the type of
    distant objects commonly found in scenics landscapes. I don't know
    if this would be a problem with either the FZ30 or the S9000, but
    the latter has a quite effective manual focusing mode that would
    eliminate that problem should it ever arise. Even more important
    would be the widest available focal length. I don't know what these
    two cameras offer, but from an old magazine I see that the FZ20 and
    S7000 aren't particularly impressive, having lenses that zoom out to
    36mm and 35mm, respectively. For both of these cameras (the FZ30
    and S9000, that is) it might be worth checking how wide the lenses
    go as well as the availability of wide angle adapter lenses.
    ASAAR, Feb 18, 2006
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    ant Guest

    I was basically down to these 2 cameras, too, in my hunt for a fake SLR. I
    briefly looked at the Sony R1 but it was just too pricey...
    When I compared the Fuji to the Panasonic, the Panasonic's lense in the end
    swung it for me. Also some other features, but that was the crux of it. Good

    Interestingly, other pundits saw the Fz30 as a serious camera, witnessed by
    the "shootout" between it and a fully specced Canon SLR.
    ant, Feb 19, 2006
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    Neil Ellwood Guest

    I disagree, the advantage of an slr is that the depth of field is so much
    easier to control.
    Neil Ellwood, Feb 22, 2006
  7. Kent Clarke wrote:

    ... and it's easy to get a wider FOV by using programs like AutoStitch.
    You may not need that very expensive DSLR wide-angle lens after all!

    David J Taylor, Feb 23, 2006
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