FZ20 price and soft case recommendations

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  1. Pete Delaney

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    I have decided to take the plunge and purchase a Panny FZ20. The best price I have found is around the £330 mark. I will also be looking to get a soft case for it....

    Has anyone found a store thats advertising it for less and what case would any current owners recommend??? I want it to be a nice snug fit.

    Thanks in advance...

    Pete. :hiya:
     
  2. mandeep

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    Pete where have you found the panny for that price?
    I'm waiting on my local jessops to receive stock but have been given a price of £351.

    Does anyone know if the camera is capable of taking a 1GB SD card, looking at the specs it appears to be limited to 512mb.
     
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    I managed to get my local Jessops to price match to £339.00 in October last year. It was an internet company that were advertising at this price but I can't remember which one!! (not much help there then!)
    Have you tried a price comparison on "Kelkoo?"
    Once I had found the price, a swift phone call to my local branch confirmed stock and they did ask me who the internet company were. Once I had told them they confirmed the price match.
    I am currently using a "Mexino" soft case which came with a "starter kit" from Internet camera's direct. It was part of a package I purchased for my daughters camera but the FZ fits in there snug as a bug in a rug with just enough room for a spare batt and card.
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    That's a great price Pete and I honestly don't think anyone will find a better deal anywhere.
    Go for it......great camera and you won't be disappointed.
    Rob
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    You bet!!!! :clap:

    Can't wait, I have suffered long enough with a 3*zoom compact and this camera at first seemed too good to be true. However, I have seen so many personal reviews that I am now convinced that this camera will satisfy my amateur abilities!!! :thumbsup:
     
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    Have you checked out the FZ3 at £199.99. Awesome camera with many qualities of FZ20 but much smaller. 12x Leica optical stabilized zoom too. There is a thread running on on this forum and on several other sites as this price is so amazingly good. Buyers been very happy with it.

    I wonder if there is anything worth spending more on at the moment, other than going for a decent DSLR like the Canon 300D, which is also being replaced by a more expensive camera.
     
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    Yes I've seen the FZ3 deal and it represents awesome value. But 3 megapixels doesn't really light my bunsen, which is why I am going to get the FZ20. I was also really temted by the Olympus 8080 but if I was going into the £450 'ish' price bracket I would have bought the 300d instead. I guess it's a case of what ever you feel that you will be happy with and 5mp is really a minimum for me.
     
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    Ahoy there!

    This is available for £339.49 here

    I hope this helps. :eek:
     
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    These were listed somewhere last week for £220-ish and with some new ones in the pipeline it might be wise to just wait a wee while.

    Mike.
     
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    My FZ3 will accept a 1GB SD card, so the odds are that the FZ20 definately will.
     
  12. Pete Delaney

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    I hope so, I've just ordered one from aria computers for £50 including delivery... :rolleyes:

    Pete.

    BristolCameras are out of stock at the mo' (for the next two weeks)so I'm waiting for a price match from John Lewis. With a bit of luck I shall have the camera by next Tuesday for the princely sum of £329. :thumbsup:

    I wanted it in time for my 40th....should get some happy snaps, (hic!) :devil:
     
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    Have you tried your local "Jessops" for a price match?
    They did it for me down to £339.00 with an internet company, and that was 4 months ago.
    They should come down a bit more by now.
    Just a thought
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    Yes I did and the Jessops warehouse has 66 units on back order...so they currently have their 'stock finger on their **** instead of their pulse'. They would price match....if your prepared to wait for the stock. :rolleyes:

    Pete...
     
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    I was lucky then..........I got the last one they had in stock at my branch at the time!
    Shows what a great camera this is, and how it has taken off.
    Good luck Pete, hope you don't have to wait too long
    Rob
     
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    Well John Lewis came good in the end! :clap: The price match was confirmed by post today and so I've just got back from the store with my new FZ20 for £329. I am one happy bunny :D Just waiting for the battery to charge.....2hrs!!! That's forever, how can I possibly wait up to 2 hrs.... :rotfl:

    Pete :thumbsup:

    I wonder if if it's any good at taking pictures..... :rolleyes:
     
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    Jessops price matched the internet for my 1gb sd car. £50!

    It does work with the FZ20.

    One word of warning. Don't take the card in and out with the camera on, I found out it may corrupt the images on the card (this has only happened once though)
     
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    Well come on Pete.....what do you think?
    You must have fired off a couple of hundred snaps by now!!!
    :D :D :D :D
     
  19. Pete Delaney

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    You're not kidding :clap: :clap: :clap:
    I'm like a kiddy in a candy shop, a 1GB card and I've been snapping and learning, learning and snapping, snapping and snapping, learning and learning....oh and snapping. :eek:

    This is an awesome camera which scores huge points for all round flexibility!!!

    Will pop into Jessops for a case and portable tripod today and then it's back to...snapping and learning, learning and snapping, snapping and snapping, learning and learning....oh and snapping. :eek:
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    Pete....
     
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    These atre great cameras - superbe value. I've got an FZ20 and an FZ7 as a compact which I have with me all the time. Happy snapping.
     
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    Pete
    I use a small "Hexino" soft case if I am just going out with the camera. Very cheap but just the right size for a nice snug fit.
    I also bought from Argos ( :eek: ) a nice sized holdall that will carry quite a bit of gear along with the camera obviously and this has a decent size tripod hidden in a special compartment at the bottom.
    Perfect for taking away on holiday or if I am going out with the camera to take some nice "scenic" or night time shots.
    It only cost about £25.00 and is perfect for what I need it for,
    Rob
     
  22. Pete Delaney

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    Thanks Rob,

    I'll have a nosey on the Argos website :smashin:

    Pete.
     
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    My FZ20 arrived while I was away last week. I imported it from Hong Kong and in total including VAT and clearance fees it worked out cheaper than local and only took 5 days from ordering to receipt.

    www.digitalrev.com - they are also on ebay.

    I got the camera, soft case, mini tripod (woo hoo), 1gb SD card and spare battery for £380 delivered. THe instructions are in english and it comes with a mains adapter. DigitalRev also have a uk based customer service line for any problems.

    Nice little camera, the stabiliser is amazing and lense looks to be very good so far.
     

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