View Full Version : Canon Powershot S1 IS or Panasonic FZ3

10-17-2004, 08:57 PM

This is my first time posting. I need your advice and help. I have narrowed down to two of my choice of which one to buy. Please help me out here.

to start with, earlier I had Sony DSC P72 model and had bad experience with it. the camera is good but the time it takes to capture the next picture while using the flash is around 2 to 3 seconds and it is terrible. I was not happy at all.
Now I want to buy a good camera wherein I want the time taken between shots to be less while using the flash this is one of my big necessity.

after going thru lot of cameras i have narrowed down to two.
1) Canon Powershot S1 IS and
2) Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3

please help me in choosing the right one.

the good thing about Canon S1 IS is it is using AA battery and Panasonic uses Info Lithium battery. How is the speed in writing to the memory for both the camera?

Can you (the experts), please guide me which one to buy with.

Thanks for your help,

10-17-2004, 10:49 PM
i went for a FZ20, but i read in about 3 uk based digital camera magazines that FZ3 is better than S1IS. No strong points for S1.

I don't know about the flash difference but i would recommend the FZ3 :)

How is the speed in writing to the memory for both the camera?

Well i think it depends of the speed of the SD card for the FZ3.

One last thing. Over at dpreview.com FZ3 got Highly Recommended while S1IS was only Recommended.

Fz3 is lighter too:)

10-18-2004, 10:26 AM
The Panasonic FZ3 uses the info-lithium battery. How much the spare
info-lithum battery would cost? when compared to AA and Info-lithum, I have read that AA battery lasts longer on one charge? How frequent the Info-lithum needs to be recharged ?


10-18-2004, 10:55 AM
I suggest you see the comparison pics with that Canon on the FZ3 review.
cool Andy...

pana sd cards are fast enough, other sd threads here also..

10-19-2004, 07:29 PM
I think you will find people who are satisfied with the Canon, and people who are equally happy with the FZ-3. Both cameras offer a lot of features and take good quality prints. What you should do to help decide:

1)Go to the store and hold both cameras to see how they feel in your hands

2)Play with each a bit to see if the placement of the controls is comfortable to you

3)Look at the menu setup and maybe one of them is easier for you to work with

4)Look at the specs and decide if one meets your needs better than the other

5)Print sample pictures from each camera (I would recommend doing this with a professional reviewers pics, so you can compare apples to apples as much as possible--same skill level for all the pics)

6)You can also go to www.Pbase.com and search by camera to look at other pics to get an idea of what the "average guy" can do with each of these cams. You will also see what most people use these cams for.

As far as the battery thing goes, I thought I wanted a cam that could take AA batteries but now (that I have the FZ-20) I really don't see the big deal about it. Sure it might be convenient to be able to throw in AA batteries in a pinch, but I don't think that situation will be too common to make a difference. IMO, it shouldn't be a deal-breaker, but that is just me.

I think the lag time on the 20 is about the same as the FZ-3 (I am sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong). I haven't had a problem with shutter lag with flash (as long as you don't have the red-eye reduction on, which fires a "pre-flash" and then a flash to take the pic.)

I hope this helps.


10-19-2004, 09:35 PM
Thank you every one for responding to my question.