Panasonic FZ20 - why bother?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by Pattern-chaser, Dec 20, 2004.

  1. I had a nice surprise this weekend. As we walked past Jessops, I saw a
    very sexy looking K-M Dimage A2. My better half told me I could buy it
    if I wanted, priced at 600 UK pounds! I have been planning the purchase
    of a Panasonic FZ3 in the New Year. A few reviews later, I decided the
    A2 just didn't offer much over the FZ3. Yes, it's 8Mpixel, but it is
    criticised for (relatively) soft pictures, lacking in apparent

    So then I thought I could have an FZ20 instead of the FZ3. *Everyone*
    says the FZ20 is the better camera. Great! :) Then I thought some more.
    The FZ20 is nearly twice the volume, and twice the weight, and has
    5Mpixels instead of 3. I am looking for something light and compact, and
    the minor increase in resolution just doesn't compensate for the huge
    increase in weight and size.

    So why am I posting? ;-) To ask you this: have I forgotten anything?
    What does the FZ20 offer over and above the FZ3?


    "Who cares, wins"
    Pattern-chaser, Dec 20, 2004
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  2. Pattern-chaser wrote:
    Why not do a side-by-side comparison in e.g. dpreview?

    David J Taylor, Dec 20, 2004
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  3. Siddhartha Jain wrote:
    Internet prices are about GBP 350.

    How much would you need to spend on a DSLR to get 36 to 432mm lens
    coverage at f/2.8 with Image Stabilisation? A lot more than GPB 600!

    David J Taylor, Dec 21, 2004
  4. Siddhartha Jain wrote:
    Forget photography and take a holiday?

    David J Taylor, Dec 21, 2004
  5. I just bought a Panasonic FZ3 for under $300 with rebate online from Circuit
    City. It has 12X (35-420) zoom with image stabilization, 2.8 Leica lens up
    to 12X, and is small and lightweight. This camera is very cool looking,
    especially with the lens hood and fold-up flash. It can use high speed SD
    cards. It has so many features, I know I'll never learn all of them, but it
    only took a minute to learn how to zoom and shoot.

    Bob M
    Robert Morrisette, Dec 22, 2004
  6. Thanks to everyone who responded here. I'm putting my thoughts in order
    by summarising the pros and cons of the FZ20 (versus the cheaper FZ3) in
    print. I'm hoping it might prove useful to other readers. If not, then
    sorry to have bored you: move to the next note! ;-)

    FZ3: 3.2Mp - 6.72" x 5.04" (print size @ 300dpi)
    FZ20: 5.0Mp - 8.53" x 6.40" (print size @ 300dpi)

    FZ3: 290g/38.3 cu. in.
    FZ20: 520g/71.4 cu. in. (80% bigger and heavier)

    FZ20 has manual focus, connector for wired remote, and a hot shoe.

    For me, the FZ20 just doesn't offer enough extra to compensate for the
    huge increase in size and weight. YMMV, of course. ;-) I'm looking for a
    small compact with a long zoom - as near to pocket size as I can get. I
    think I'll be placing my order for an FZ3 soon.

    Any feedback from FZ3 owners? Are you pleased?


    "Who cares, wins"
    Pattern-chaser, Dec 29, 2004
  7. Thanks, Hans, for your thoughts. I reached the end of my patience this
    afternoon, and bought an FZ3 from Jessops. Asking price UKL350, but they
    price-matched Cameras 2U and I got it for UKL275! Now my patience is
    being tried again, as I wait for the battery to charge! ;-)

    Thanks everyone for answers on this and other threads I've started
    recently. :) I don't doubt I'll be back with queries once I've had a
    chance to use the camera, and get confused! ;-)


    "Who cares, wins"
    Pattern-chaser, Dec 29, 2004
  8. I just bought a FZ3 online from Circuit City for $290 after much shopping.
    It is really lightweight and small. I can snap pictures and operate the zoom
    (12x !) with the same finger. I'll probably never use the multiple features.
    So far, a great camera.

    Robert Morrisette, Dec 29, 2004
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    Dirk Gently Guest

    Now if the time to order a large memory card and a couple spare batteries.
    Dirk Gently, Dec 29, 2004
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    Bruce Graham Guest

    The Panasonic web site shows the addition of a UD element in the FZ20
    lens. That may reduce CA a bit, but until my daughter receives her back-
    ordered black one I don't know.
    Bruce Graham, Dec 30, 2004
  11. Pattern-chaser

    Dirk Gently Guest

    At the end of the day I really don't mind having a fully charged battery left
    over and unused, it sure beats the hell out of needing it and not having it.
    If you don't carry a spare what will you do when the battery you have goes bad?
    That photo safari to Africa sure could sour quickly is you don't have a spare
    battery and memory cards.
    Dirk Gently, Dec 30, 2004
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