Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by Norman, Sep 28, 2003.

  1. Norman

    Norman Guest

    I am looking at buying a PANASONIC LUMIX DMC FZ1 digital camera.

    Anyone had anything to do with this camera or have any good/bad comments,
    would like to hear them.


    Norman, Sep 28, 2003
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  2. Norman

    Barry Smith Guest

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    After quite a lot of research I've decided that there's no *ideal*
    camera for me, so I'm going to do what was suggested in another
    thread where the FZ1 was mentioned - buy two cameras.

    I'm planning on waiting until the FZ2 is available (in the UK).
    Slightly better facilities than the FZ1 at a similar price.
    IIRC - Aperture and shutter priority modes now included. If you
    don't need these you may be able to do a good deal on the FZ1 as
    I presume it will be discontinued now the FZ2 is out.

    Norman - have a read at the owners comments on

    My other camera will be... well I'm not sure yet but the Canon 10D
    is at the top of the list at the moment.

    Barry Smith, Sep 30, 2003
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  3. Norman

    John Bean Guest

    It's available now.
    It is already discontinued.
    John Bean, Sep 30, 2003
  4. Norman

    Barry Smith Guest

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    Hi John. Are you in the UK ? (Not Waterfoot near Rossendale by any chance?)

    Have you any recommendations about dealers ?
    are advertising the FZ2 at 299.99 ukp with case and extra 64Mb card,
    free delivery and free 2 year guaranteee. Sounds a great price.

    Barry Smith, Oct 1, 2003
  5. Norman

    John Bean Guest

    The very same. They had them in stock at the beginning of last week,
    and they even have a real shop in St Helens that you can visit if you
    John Bean, Oct 1, 2003
  6. Norman

    KIPAX Guest

    Hmmm Accrington here :)

    It is. I went to St Helens last week to there shop as soon as there
    website showed stock arrived. I got there and they had just sold the
    last one. They took my phone number and rang me when new stock
    arrived. that was yesterday (Tuesday 30th Sep) between times I had
    already decided to go for a dimage 7hi as jessops sell them used (1 yr
    guarantee) for 599 quid

    The fz2 is only available in silver. according to panasonic no UK
    company should be selling black. the st helens shop said thats correct
    silver only.. So i pointed out there website was missleading as there
    advertising fz2b instead of fz2s
    KIPAX, Oct 1, 2003
  7. Norman

    John Bean Guest

    Never mind ;-)
    Yes, I had a similar experience. By the time they phoned me I had
    already bought a Sony V1. The lens on the FZ1/2 is *very* tempting,
    but 2.1M pixels takes the edge off it. The V1 is a pretty impressive
    little camera, easy to carry in a jacket pocket when I don't want to
    carry an SLR.
    They seemed to think that black was an option when I asked, but silver
    is the only colour on offer it seems.
    John Bean, Oct 1, 2003
  8. Norman

    NJ Guest

    Norman wrote in
    Read the following article from The Washington Post:
    NJ, Oct 1, 2003
  9. Norman

    KIPAX Guest

    ooer :)
    yeagh my existing camera is 2.1 M ..its an Oly c2100 uz and the fz2 is
    simmilar.. My camera has had nigly problms of late and I want to get
    it refurbished or summat. I thought maybe a second camera while this
    goes away for 6 weeks.

    since decided I may as well pay the extra and get more pixels. I need
    a reasonable zoom and other options for what i do.. you can see from
    my wqebsite its just about all sport. so a 7hi was chosen :)

    do you know of anywhere that do camera repairs in house, i think just
    a tidy up and a good internal cleaning wil do the trick but cant find
    anyone anywhere in the country let alone lans.
    for a camera shop they wernt very up on whats what.
    KIPAX, Oct 1, 2003
  10. Norman

    Barry Smith Guest

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    Darwen here. What a small world when you're on the internet !
    Very useful info. Thanks. I think the black looks smarter but I wonder
    how long it would be before it started to look faded/scratched.

    My Canon AE1, which I used quite a lot, and never in its case, still
    looked almost new after 20 years of (very reliable) use.

    Barry Smith, Oct 2, 2003
  11. Norman

    Barry Smith Guest

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    Ah well. I guess someone has to live there :)
    Excellent. I much prefer a real shop but was hoping to get a good
    price at the same time. I'll be paying them a visit.

    Barry Smith, Oct 2, 2003
  12. Norman

    Barry Smith Guest

    In message <[email protected]>
    Thanks. That's definitely made my mind up. An FZ2 for me please :)

    Barry Smith, Oct 2, 2003
  13. Norman

    Barry Smith Guest

    In message <>
    He obviously has a small penis, or is one :)

    Barry Smith, Oct 2, 2003
  14. Norman

    KIPAX Guest

    Black looks more professional and even in a recent review of a camera
    the writer stated "Now in professional black". At a recent event I
    was given a press pass and mixed with all the so called professional
    camera men who all had black cameras.. I was the only one with a small
    silver digital (Oly c2100 uz) and not only did I feel out of place I
    got some funny looks as well.. the " what's he doing here" looks and I
    am guessing a black camera wouldn't have got me those looks.

    Its stupid isn't it. But i bet others have come across the same
    thing.. It just looks like a real camera if its black.. Stupid,
    illogical i know.. But that's how its perceived wouldn't you agree.

    Yet i read the sun newspaper report of the event n question and the
    pictures used where very poor with terrible contrast problems... while
    mine the same shots had no such problems :)
    KIPAX, Oct 2, 2003
  15. Norman

    KIPAX Guest

    On Thu, 02 Oct 2003 02:11:02 +0100, Barry Smith

    Well I wouldnt bother with the FZ2.

    The FZ10 has just been announced.. 4MP and x12 optical zoom blah blah
    KIPAX, Oct 2, 2003
  16. Norman

    NJ Guest

    Hans-Georg Michna wrote in

    Yep, that was me. Everyone can contribute to my "buy NJ a FZ10 fund"! :)
    NJ, Oct 2, 2003
  17. Norman

    John Bean Guest

    Yes, well any port in a storm. As an immigrant from the other side of
    the Pennines I find the whole of Lancashire a little odd. Waterfoot is
    perhaps a little odder than the rest - that's why I like it :)
    John Bean, Oct 2, 2003
  18. Norman

    John Bean Guest

    Good review, eh? I can still see many uses for this camera, even
    though it's only 2.1Mpix and I now have a Sony V1. Hmm.
    John Bean, Oct 2, 2003
  19. Norman

    John Bean Guest

    Have you got a URL for that announcement please?
    John Bean, Oct 2, 2003
  20. Norman

    NJ Guest

    John Bean wrote in
    NJ, Oct 2, 2003
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