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  1. #1
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    Panasonic FZ20, Nikon D70, or Canon 350D or XT?

    I need help deciding on the above 4 cameras. I like the Panasonic due to the 12X optical but don't think it will offer the speed (shutte lag) I want versus the others. The biggest two things I want is a good zoom and a faster capture speed. Will these cameras allow fast shooting?
    Thanks.
    Last edited by mike62; 05-27-2005 at 06:28 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike62
    I need help deciding on the above 3 cameras. I am leaning towards the Panasonic due to the 12X optical. The biggest two things I want is a good zoom and a faster capture speed. Will these cameras allow fast shooting?
    Thanks.
    Different cameras...

    The Panasonic includes the lens as it's all-in-one. It's an excellent camera.

    The D70 is a camera with a history of failures at just about the end of the warranty period. It's heavy and you have to add on lenses.

    The 350D is by far the better camera of the lot. It takes extra lenses but I'd say it's better than the D70 and the Panasonic.

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    The panny doesn't do good in low light, it doesn't have a big buffer, it doesn't do well for cropping, and it's resolution is a bit on the low side for large prints.

    But all in all, it is a great camera for the money.

    If money is no concern and you want a small and great dslr, get the 350D.

    Incidentally, I went to walmart and saw my old Kodak DX6490 and held it. It seemed so large back when I had it, now it looks like a toy! The 20D is 4x heavier and bigger.
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    If money is a problem, you will probably be happiest with the FZ20. I haven't actually used one, but from the Panasonic forums, it seems that most owners are happy with their camera.

    You probably wouldn't go wrong with either the 350D or D70, but you might want to look at the D70s instead of the D70. It is an updated version of the D70. I'm sure that most Nikon owners will point you towards the D70/D70s and that most Canon owners will point you towards the 350D. It's best to try both and pick the one that you feel most comfortable with.

    As to zoom, with the dSLRs you could either go with 2 lenses to cover a 12x range, or get the Sigma 18-200(11x zoom) as an alternative.

    Ray.

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    I have the canon, and personally loved it. i shopped and compared for 6 months before buying

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike62
    I need help deciding on the above 3 cameras. I am leaning towards the Panasonic due to the 12X optical. The biggest two things I want is a good zoom and a faster capture speed. Will these cameras allow fast shooting?
    Thanks.
    If you want fast shooting, you will want a DSLR, eliminating shutter lag, recycle times, and reducing focusing speeds to virtually nothing. But they cost a pretty penny, especially if you want to replicate the FZ20's huge zoom range at the constant f/2.8. What's your budget?

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    what type of shooting do you do or aspire to do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhys
    Different cameras...

    The D70 is a camera with a history of failures at just about the end of the warranty period. It's heavy and you have to add on lenses.
    I would seriously like to see the statistical data on D70 failures? I didn't know this was a big problem.
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    You don't see his sarcasm when he said "and you have to add on lenses?"

    Or are we just playing along as normal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike62
    I need help deciding on the above 3 cameras. I am leaning towards the Panasonic due to the 12X optical. The biggest two things I want is a good zoom and a faster capture speed. Will these cameras allow fast shooting?
    Thanks.
    Mike, You really need to physically try all 3, and if you can wait for the Nikon D50 in June, then it might be worth the wait to add to your list.

    With a long zoom lens (as per Rays suggestion) like the Sigma 18-200 the lowest cost dSLR kit will be around $1150 (D50+ Sigma 18-200 lens).

    The dSLR's are considerably faster, but the FZ20 may be fast enough for what you want to do (whatever that is). If so, you can save a considerable amount of money as it is about half the cost of a dSLR.

    Again, try all of them (including the D50) and decide which meets your needs. I have had my D70 for 15 months, and like it enough to buy a D70s and keep the D70 as a back-up/family loaner.
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