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    Possible to use TZ1 prism technology in future FZ models?

    I was wondering if it would be possible to use TZ1 prism technology in future FZ models? The reason I'm asking is because I'm seriously considering buying the TZ1 (still waiting for a review from at least one of the big three and for it to become available in Europe).

    I really like the TZ1 because it seems have a lot of features I find useful:

    • IS
    • 10x zoom
    • compact
    • better noise control (yet to be confirmed in review)
    • good LCD
    • great movie mode, with silent zoom and wide resolution
    • marine case option


    However I'm somewhat concerned that this camera is merely the first Panasonic camera with the prism technology and that perhaps future models in the FZ series will get this technology as well. I'm thinking of a camera like:

    • IS
    • 16x zoom
    • about FZ7 size
    • FZ7 amount of manual options
    • Electronic viewfinder
    • good LCD
    • FUJI F30 sized sensor with according noise levels
    • great movie mode, with silent zoom and wide resolution


    So using the prism technology to compensate for a larger sensor by shrinking the lens part, keeping it's size roughly the same. Sounds like a killer cam to me and I'm a bit worried that after buying the TZ1 Panasonic might release something like that as an possible FZ8 towards the end of this year. I know improvements happen all the time and you can't keep waiting for each improvement, but a camera like the one descibed above sounds perfect to me. So would such a camera be possible and would it be any good or merely have good specs?
    Last edited by C.Spronken; 04-03-2006 at 04:19 PM.

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