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  1. #1
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    noise issues with Leica V-Lux 1?

    Hello. I'm thinking about getting the V-Lux 1 but worry that with so many pixels crammed onto a relatively small CCD I'm going to end up with a lot of noise with larger prints. Does anyone out there have experience with this camera? Many thanks.

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    ghadden
    this camera is the same as Panasonic FZ50,
    save for detail firmware differences in image saturation/contrast settings
    and the much better warranty provisions of 3 yrs that Leica AG offer
    so you could field the same question in the Panasonic part of the forum, Shooting in RAW mode they are identical

    in broad daylight the camera is fine
    wherever light is low
    or whenever you choose an iso above iso200
    things get pretty ugly

    that said, the manual zoom and focus, and the sharpness of the lens aided by OIS are the star qualities of this camera, and it does that well

    cheers
    Riley

    Pentax 110 auto SLR

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    Thanks Riley, that's helpful. I live in Spain where I believe by law warranties are at least a year long, but I'll need to investigate. And then decide if customer service warrants paying more for the Leica.

    Besides the Sony it seems there are no other 'bridge' cameras with DSLR sized CCD's. Do you know of any?

    Best,
    gkh

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    the Sony R1 was the only bridge camera with an APS C size sensor

    cheers
    Riley

    Pentax 110 auto SLR

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    I suppose it has just proven too expensive to put in the larger CCDs given that entry level DSLR's have come down so much in price. Too bad! I keep almost picking up the V-Lux 1 but just can't do it given the noise issue.

    I do some professional food photography and some of those images end up in materials larger than 8 x 10.

    I'm now leaning toward the Panasonic given they share basically the same pros and cons.

    Best,
    gkh

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    you may be interested in the Panasonic FZ30, or the FZ7
    as the noise performance is a little better (not a lot)
    but generally shooting at iso100 is good, iso200 more risky for noise aversion

    what sort of products are they ?
    Last edited by Riley; 03-05-2007 at 05:49 AM.
    Riley

    Pentax 110 auto SLR

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    Pizzas! Mostly. It's for a chain called Pizza Marzano. I also shoot for many local restaurants' webpages. For the pizzas it's just straightforward 'portraits.' For the others I can do some more fun macro work.

    I'm a journalist by trade (radio) but this work just sort of landed in my lap. And I enjoy it immensely.

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    you asked about large sensor point and shoot cameras

    http://www.dpreview.com/news/0703/07030807sigmadp1.asp

    cheers
    Riley

    Pentax 110 auto SLR

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riley View Post
    ghadden
    this camera is the same as Panasonic FZ50,
    save for detail firmware differences in image saturation/contrast settings
    and the much better warranty provisions of 3 yrs that Leica AG offer
    so you could field the same question in the Panasonic part of the forum, Shooting in RAW mode they are identical

    in broad daylight the camera is fine
    wherever light is low
    or whenever you choose an iso above iso200
    things get pretty ugly

    that said, the manual zoom and focus, and the sharpness of the lens aided by OIS are the star qualities of this camera, and it does that well

    cheers
    They are not the same.
    Leica is much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrestlingreport View Post
    They are not the same.
    Leica is much better.
    The only thing the Leica will differ in is the firmware settings, less sharpening and less noise "reduction" by the processor (that venus thing).
    For the rest it is the same camera. You need to shoot RAW for any decent results anyway... so there is no difference, except a BIG one in price.
    Canon EOS 350D, Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 macro, Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 DC EX, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM, Tokina AT-X124 Pro 12-24mm F4, Soligor 1.7x C/D4 DG Teleconvertor, Manfrotto 724B tripod, Canon Powershot S30

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