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Old Jan 31, 2005, 12:55 PM   #1
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Newbie here. Wanting to move up from a Epson 850z and want to expand my photographic skilss. I have narrowed down my search to 2 cameras...the FZ20 and the Olympus c8080. I like the FZ 12x zoom and I like the 8mp of the C8080. The differnce in price between the two are neglible. My two kids are starting to play sports so the camera will be used for action shots and of course family portraits.

I have read many positive reviews for both of these cameras. I am leaning towards the FZ20 due to the complexity or should I say the skill level required to get good results with the c8080. Like I said, I am a newb, but I would like to grow in this hobby.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions or thoughts.
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Old Jan 31, 2005, 4:18 PM   #2
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Both cameras are going to require some skill. Your skill set will be different with each one though. I have the FZ20. The photo included in this post should answer your question about action shots. The only lighting was the camera flash. Mind you that the screen is quite dark in these situations (as in the photo shown) so the AF assist light is quite valuable in getting them. I only considered the 8080 before purchasing the FZ20 so I can't make a REAL valid compare. Quality wise though, I think the 12x (plus 4x digital) f2.8 lens is hard to beat..

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