Panasonic FZ30 v Fuji Finepix S602Z

Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by F, Apr 19, 2006.

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    F Guest

    I'm going on Safari in Kenya in June and was thinking of changing my
    Fuji Finepix S602Z for the Panasonic FZ30 to get the 12x zoom rather
    than the Fuji's 6x. Image stabilisation and the quicker startup were/are
    also a consideration (ideally I would like something like the EOS350D
    but I doubt I could afford the equivalent of the 12x zoom for it!).

    I'm hesitating about changing after seeing conflicting comments about
    the Panasonic's images being noisy above ISO 80. Anyone got any views on
    how it compares with the Fuji in this area? If it is an issue with the
    FZ30 I'd hate to get one now only to find it's fixed in the next model
    in only a few months. OTH, I'd hate to miss a decent photograph with the
    lesser lens and system...

    F, Apr 19, 2006
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    Paul Allen Guest

    The FZ30 definitely has more noise at ISO 400 than the S602, although
    Neatimage apparently deals with that fairly effectively. What you get
    with the FZ30 is that lovely 12x zoom with a mechanically-linked zoom
    ring in addition to the focus-by-wire ring, a higher pixel count, the
    tilt/swivel 2" LCD, and a proprietary battery. There may be some other
    operational differences, but I don't have enough data to judge.

    It's probably true that there will be an FZ35 in six months. They'd
    have to do something radical (like use a SuperCCD sensor) to fix the
    noise problem. All of their designs (and those of most other makers
    except Fuji) have had some noise at higher ISO settings.

    Paul Allen
    Paul Allen, Apr 19, 2006
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    F Guest

    I need to find out more about Neatimage!
    Which makes it a little less likely then...

    Thanks for the help: appreciated!
    F, Apr 19, 2006
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    Nick Guest

    Just discovered this group, should be interesting reading...

    I am very happy with my Canon S2 IS, produces some darn good results.
    I must admit I haven't anything to compare it to but I'm more than happy with the IS
    and the mech/digi zoom.

    Ok I know it's a compromise, but what do you expect from something that's an all in

    I don't think that the image gets too noisy, until you go into the digital part of
    the zoom but that's understandable and I take it into consideration when/if I use it.
    Nick in Northallerton
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    Nick, Apr 19, 2006
  5. Nick wrote:
    The group for full-control ZLR cameras such as the Canon S2 IS and
    Panasonic FZ30 is actually:

    They are off-topic in this group.

    David J Taylor, Apr 20, 2006
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    J. Clarke Guest

    However he is far more likely to get a useful response here than there.
    J. Clarke, Apr 20, 2006
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    Who Guest

    I have a FZ5 the little brother to the FZ30. yes there is noticeable
    noise at high ISO. The pictures that are marginally noisy are
    ones that I wouldn't have gotten at all with my OM2 film camera.
    The image stabilization and the 12x zoom gets useful shots in some
    marginal situations. Subjectively the noise even at high ISO
    from my FZ5 is less than I get from scanning my old slides and
    negatives. For noise reduction I use Noise Ninja.
    Who, Apr 20, 2006
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    F Guest

    Yet I keep seeing the description 'point and shoot' in reviews of the
    F, Apr 21, 2006
  9. F wrote:
    All digital cameras can (with very few exceptions) be used in a
    point-and-shoot mode. Even DSLRs The distinction made when setting up
    the new groups was - broadly speaking:

    - compact point and shoot with no manual control
    - ZLR cameras - bigger SLR-shaped cameras with full manual control
    - interchangeable-lens DSLR cameras
    - rangefinder cameras

    The intention was to help focus discussion better than the single
    "" newsgroup which was (and still is) too busy for many

    Having seen how that's worked over the past 18 months or so, my own
    feeling is that two groups, DSLR and none-DSLR, would now be a better set,
    as the boundaries between camera models have blurred over the period.

    (Of course, this discussion itself should be in the main group).

    David J Taylor, Apr 21, 2006
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    Nick Guest

    Ah ha, thanks for those comments gents didn't even know there were any more of these
    subgroups - no subscribed to ZLR...

    Nick in Northallerton
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    also on Skype and Google talk
    Nick, Apr 22, 2006
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