Your Opinion: Panasonci Lumix DMC-FZ20

Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by Arthur Entlich, Jan 15, 2005.

  1. I'm a photographer who has used Nikon SLRs for many years and I have a
    large collection of Nikon camera bodies and lenses.

    I started playing with digital the last year or so, but only with fairly
    simple cameras to date. That has convinced me I want to get deeper into
    digital, but I am not convinced the market is mature yet. I expect
    there are still qualitative improvements down the way, and certainly
    price drops. As a result, I am not ready to jump into a profession top
    end camera yet, especially with the depreciation I have witnessed.

    However, I have become frustrated by the limitations of the cameras I
    have been using. Small zoom range (3x optical) small aperture size
    (slow lens) no manual focus, poor low light sensitivity, poor flash (no
    hot shoe) and such.

    I swore my next digital camera would be made by a camera company (versus
    an electronics company) like Nikon, Canon, Fuji, maybe Konica-Minolta or
    Olympus. But in looking over what they offer, I find price is too high
    for where I want to be for the feature set I want. I'm not ready to jump
    into a SLR at this time considering price.

    However, I am looking at the Lumix line up from Panasonic, and these
    cameras seem to be getting close to what I am looking for.

    What I like:

    80 ISO minimum
    Hot shoe
    12x optical 2.8 lens (Leica design)
    image stabilization
    At least a few real knobs and buttons rather than all menu driven
    Nice size LCD, and electronic viewfinder with diopter adjustment
    Manual focus
    size, weight and feel
    SD memory (I already have some from other cameras)

    What I am uncomfortable with:

    It's made by Panasonic (?)
    5 MP sensor
    non-articulated LCD screen

    The main things I am looking for are:

    - Clean/noiseless sensor (larger size is better) (lower ISO seems to
    usually indicate a more sensitive sensor)
    - good optical zoom range with faster lens
    - image stabilization for low light conditions
    - hot shoe
    - manual focus
    - good power usage
    - easy to read display

    I would like to find a camera with a slightly higher resolution 6-8 MP
    if possible.

    Pricing in the same area as this Panasonic (about $500-600 US)

    Does anyone have any comments about Panasonic as a Camera
    designer/manufacturer... any experiences with reliability, service, etc?
    How to owners feel about this camera?

    Can anyone suggest an alternative camera in about the same price range
    with similar features?

    Your feedback would be most appreciated.

    Arthur Entlich, Jan 15, 2005
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  2. Arthur Entlich

    Keith Holley Guest

    I am look at the same camera for a difference reason mainly the long zoom
    (12x) plus image stailisation.

    May I suggest look at Nikon D70 you have all the lenses and know Nikon

    Keith Holley, Jan 20, 2005
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