Panasonic FZ-20 mini review

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  1. ROne

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    After someone on here mentioned the FZ10, and further the new panasonic fz-20, I knew it would be the camera to start my film-digital transition on.

    A 12 x optically stabilized lens, manual focus ring, 5MP and f2.8 across the range - it offers a very good spec this side of a DSLR. Priced at around £479, I got Jessops to price match hughes direct for £350.

    The Camera seems excellent for the money, the only thing I don't like is the tiny little low-rez evf, which is usable and more than made up for by the large Lcd screen.

    The camera feels very well laid out and lacks clutter on the button side of things and has a decent menu structure with lots of manual override. It shoots Tiff, Fine and Standard JPEGS - it's also has a very quick response with non of the lag that I have experienced on other cameras.

    It's not small, perhaps this side of a typical 35mm SLR - but has a reasonable quality feel to it, including a leica lens, although this is likely to be just a developed by leica rather than manufactured by leica.

    Any more questions and I'll be happy to answer.


    Here are a couple of CU animal pics taken today, in fine mode then compressed quite heavily in PS.

    http://www.superlight.plus.com/dvdums/swan.jpg

    http://www.superlight.plus.com/dvdums/minstrel-low.jpg
     
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    Great photos pal.

    £350 well spent
     
  3. ROne

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    Thanks - in fact I think you were the guy who mentioned the panasonic - so cheers for helping me weed out a lot of other stuff!
     
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    It looks pretty good i have to say.

    Enter the photo comp mate:)
     
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    Very nice piccys.
     
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    Hey ... that's my cat in that picture!!!!!!! She's called Franny.
     
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    Have just purchased one of these myself after getting my local Jessops to price match £339.00.
    Am absolutely delighted with the results I have achieved thus far. Nice solid performer, seems really well put together and the Leica lens swayed it for me. Very little "shutter lag" and brilliant low light performance, (unlike a Minolta Dimage Z2 which I returned as faulty because of this problem).
    I personally think this is one of the digital camera bargains of the year.
    Would strongly recommend to anyone.
    Rob (a newbie!!)
     
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    Hi, I'm very much considering this camera. I'm new to photography but want to get a good digital camera that will last me a long time. I was first considering the Nikon 8800 but reckon it's a bit too expensive for a newbie (£600)! Then I was considering the fuji s7000 but the fz20 is winning for me at the moment. My only problem is this:

    I have read that the LCD screen on the fz20 performs very poorly in low light situations so that you can't see what you are viewing from the LCD. This is a problem for me cos I would be taking a lot of pictures at gigs where the lighting is very low. Could one of you who have this camera let me know if this is true? If so, what other camera would you suggest? Thanks!
     
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    I think the reviews got that wrong ... the LCD is fine in dark situations.

    Do you want me to try an example?
     
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    It does have a TIFF mode, but then I've never had a RAW mode camera so I don't know what I'm missing.
     
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    I thought it might have been wrong because another reviewer said the lcd was really good in the dark. I would love you to show me an example!! :thumbsup: cos teh lcd brightness is the only thing holding me back from buying it!
     

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