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miguelito
09-14-2004, 09:19 AM
Dpreview just posted the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3 review

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicfz3/

...highly recommended!, :)

D70FAN
09-14-2004, 01:29 PM
Dpreview just posted the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3 review

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicfz3/

...highly recommended!, :)

Just as we expected...

John_Reed
09-14-2004, 02:09 PM
Simon Joinson posted these shots (http://www.dpreview.com/gallery/?gallery=panasonicfz3_samples/) in preparing his FZ3 review. They look pretty good to me!

D70FAN
09-14-2004, 04:37 PM
Simon Joinson posted these shots (http://www.dpreview.com/gallery/?gallery=panasonicfz3_samples/) in preparing his FZ3 review. They look pretty good to me!

What more could you want? {rhetorical}.

I might just buy one (assuming I can find $400 somewhere). A nice little tag-along for the D70. :)

propwash
09-14-2004, 06:31 PM
What an outstanding group of photos. This should help a lot of people make ujp their minds!

Colin
09-15-2004, 07:08 AM
Fantastic photos! Would one of you lucky new owners of an FZ3 PLEASE post a sample movie? (Not too long please; some of us in the bush still have to manage with modems). Also, could anyone advise whether this camera can be zoomed during movie taking?

Thanks heaps. :)

John_Reed
09-15-2004, 07:40 AM
Also, could anyone advise whether this camera can be zoomed during movie taking?According to reviewer Simon Joinson, the FZ3 can't be zoomed during movie-taking. If that feature is important to you, the Canon S1 has it.

propwash
09-15-2004, 08:36 AM
Canon says that the S1 has a very quiet optical zoom mechanism, and I think that's why they enabled it during the making of videos. If the mechanism is too loud, the microphone will pick up the noise of zooming in/out and will transfer the sounds to the movie. I only played with the FZ3 for a couple of minutes, but I didn't think that the zoom was especially loud. Anyway, the bottom line is that you can NOT use zoom while making videos.

Colin
09-16-2004, 07:26 AM
Thanks John and "Propwash". I must have missed that bit in the review. For the benefit of anyone else who may be interested, I think the Minolta A2 and Z3 can also be zoomed during filming; presumably also the A200 but we may have to wait to find out.

I wonder why the manufacturers won't enable the feature and let the consumer decide how intrusive the noise is?

The Canon S1 and Minolta A2 at least, have limited movie duration (ie they are not streaming video recorders). For anyone wanting to use the movie mode with a big card (see my query in the "General" area), these considerations probably matter. :)

trish
09-19-2004, 09:19 PM
I loved the pictures, but most of them were outside - I'm wondering if the low light focus is very good on the FZ3? I had the Canon S1 IS and I had to return it because I couldn't get the darn thing to take a sharp low light picture. Has anyone seen a thorough review of the FZ3? I've been wanting to get one and now Circuit city has a deal where you get a $50 Circuit City card when you get the camera- not a bad deal!!

John_Reed
09-19-2004, 10:08 PM
I loved the pictures, but most of them were outside - I'm wondering if the low light focus is very good on the FZ3? I had the Canon S1 IS and I had to return it because I couldn't get the darn thing to take a sharp low light picture. Has anyone seen a thorough review of the FZ3? I've been wanting to get one and now Circuit city has a deal where you get a $50 Circuit City card when you get the camera- not a bad deal!!Simon Joinson of dpreview recently published a full review of the FZ3 here, (http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicfz3/) if you haven't seen it already.

PixChick
09-19-2004, 10:10 PM
I loved the pictures, but most of them were outside - I'm wondering if the low light focus is very good on the FZ3?

I have the FZ-20 and haven't had any problems with indoor pics. I play with different settings to get the most out of the cam, but still get good pics in program mode. So far, I prefer to shoot in S mode indoors and use a white balance preset choice.



Has anyone seen a thorough review of the FZ3?

The dpreview review is pretty thorough--at least I thought. I am guessing, from what I read on the news page, that Jeff will try to get a review on this site as soon as he can, but the dpreview review gives quite a bit of info.

PixChick :)

John_Reed
09-19-2004, 10:42 PM
The dpreview review is pretty thorough--at least I thought. I am guessing, from what I read on the news page, that Jeff will try to get a review on this site as soon as he can, but the dpreview review gives quite a bit of info.If you look at Jeff's Recent and Upcoming Reviews (http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/recentupcoming.php) link on the "Reviews" page, you'll see that there are no Panasonic cameras listed in the "upcoming" column. This most likely means that Jeff has not yet received any of the new Panasonics for testing. :(

PixChick
09-20-2004, 08:41 AM
If you look at Jeff's Recent and Upcoming Reviews (http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/recentupcoming.php) link on the "Reviews" page, you'll see that there are no Panasonic cameras listed in the "upcoming" column. This most likely means that Jeff has not yet received any of the new Panasonics for testing. :(

yes, but on the news page (http://www.dcresource.com/news/index.php?date=2004-09) Jeff mentions he is trying to get one--hence my previous post.

trish
09-21-2004, 09:43 AM
Simon Joinson of dpreview recently published a full review of the FZ3 here, (http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicfz3/) if you haven't seen it already.


thank you so much for pointing me to that review - he covered EVERYTHING and then some! I'll give the FZ3 a try and post how it goes - thanx for everyones insight. :)