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Old Feb 15, 2011, 12:12 PM   #1
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Default Nikon D3100 ... Panasonic Lumix LX5... Neither?

I just want to start by saying thank you to everyone here. I've learned a lot just from reading the forums. I do have a question.

It's time to upgrade cameras. I have been taking photos with a 28MM Panasonic and stitching them in Photoshop. In larger open homes this works fine, however for the vast majority of homes it does a marginally OK job.

I have narrowed down my choices to the

Nikon D3100
Adding to this the Tamron 10-24mm Wide Angel Lens (15mm effective)
Shoots 1080p Video... A feature I like
Rough Cost $1,100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Adding to this the .75x Lens and Adapter (18mm effective)
Shoots 720p Video Pretty Well... Not like the Nikon
Rough Cost $580

Or am I missing something here? Is there another way to go. Is there a better value for what I'm doing even if there is a different cost?

My questions are then.

1. Will the 3mm in wide angel that I get make a noticeable difference when shooting interiors? This is very important to me. We want our photos to be industry leading in our area.

2. I'm going to do some videos... Is the Nikon that much better for what I'm doing? (Home interior and exteriors)
I also have a 13 year old an 8 month old. This will be my primary video camera.

3. I am going to have to learn to shoot and edit HDR photos.

4. When it comes to tech I tend to purchase heavy... meaning I define my budget, then exceed it, then I crush it ;-)

So which way would you go? Is the $520 difference in price going to deliver more value to me in the end? Or would the Nikon be overkill for my needs?
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