Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by witters, Aug 19, 2005.
Take a look HERE for a full review. Looks good other than high noise issues above ISO 100.
And I thought Panny were on to a winner
Noise above even ISO100 - that's poor.
I liked the bit about more optical zoom by choosing a smaller area of the sensor to be used. So much different to 'digital zoom' ... not.
Bit like my 300D then....
"The noise levels aren't too much worse at ISO 100, but once you go any higher things go downhill rapidly. Detail is lost at ISO 200 and noise levels are very high at ISO 400. Enough detail is gone at that setting that even with noise reduction software you won't be able to get much of a print out of the photo."
Have to admit folks it does make dissapointing reading........
Would seem the FZ20 is still best in class.
What I liked:
Very solid SLR-style body
12X optical zoom lens (though a little slower than on the FZ20)
Optical image stabilization
Robust performance, especially with a high speed SD card; new focus modes are awesome
Full manual controls plus the ability to fine-tune white balance
Handy zoom and focus rings around lens
AF-assist lamp; good low light focusing
Flip-down, rotating 2-inch LCD display
LCD/EVF usable in low light, at last
Redeye not a problem
Support for RAW and TIFF format (though see issues below)
Supports filters and conversion lenses
Hot shoe for external flash (though no TTL support)
Great continuous shooting mode
Very good movie mode; VGA, 30 fps resolution, zoom can be used during filming
Live histogram in record mode
What I didn't care for:
Images are too noisy, especially at high ISOs (see workarounds earlier)
No RAW image manipulation software included
No focus distance shown in manual focus mode
No USB 2.0 High Speed support
Would've preferred an LCD that flips to the side
You have to wonder what their R&D department were thinking
haha yup, posh way of putting it really, even if the lens (when enabled) only projects onto the centre portion of the sensor its still gonna loose quality, and well yup, thats digital zoom!
Yep - my C765 has the same amazing feature. 10 X zoom at 4mp or an amazing 12 X zoom at 2mp. Needless to say that amazing option is switched off.
It's dissapointing to see that they haven't sorted the noise issues out on the FZ30.
I would always avoid any camera unless it stated very good image quality in the "likes" section and sadly that appears to be missing on the FZ30 review.
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/columns/sm-july31-05.shtml I read mike Johnstons articles often and many times over, i really like the way he thinks. I guess this article is more aimed at dslrs where to some even a lil noise is a big issue. Anyway it's good article and he's written many.
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