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Old Feb 5, 2006, 12:55 PM   #1
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I have posted this question in the Canon and Panasonic forums now I post the same question here to all the Fuji users.

I presently have the option to return my Canon S2 IS and replace it with any other model I like. I don't want to make the same mistake twice.


Is the Fuji FinePix S9000 any better then the Canon S2/Panasonic FZ 30 or am I just looking at another head ache?

Is the Video mode of the Fuji any good compared to the Canon ? Video was one of the S2 IS only good features.

What I want are

1. VIDEO !
2. Manuel Zoom


SD memory and regualar AA's batteries would be a bonus ( that was one reason for buying the Canon ).

Can any one recomend another camera possibly Sony ?
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Old Feb 5, 2006, 6:58 PM   #2
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S9500 has good video quality...but....its a photo camera not a video camera.
You can use de zoom, and it doesn't lock the focus.
It's like mobile phones with 2Mp cameras.....they still are mobile phones


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Old Feb 5, 2006, 11:05 PM   #3
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The Fuji S9000 is a one in all package camera with many bells and whistle film photographers love to have. If IS is impotant to you, pick the Panasonic FZ30. You are looking for prosumer cameras with good video, you don't have many choices. The latest review is in Digital Camera magazine at Fry's, it says the S9000 is a 800 pounds gorilla compare to others similar in its class. If video is your main hobby, you should consider a real videocam with the same price as these two cameras. I bought a Panasonic 3 ccd videocam last year, I can see a difference in video quality with 3 cdd chip compare to single chip.


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Old Feb 6, 2006, 8:15 AM   #4
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You had better see a difference from 3 chip to single chip. Last time I used a pro video camera was AT LEAST 15 years ago. You COULD NOT GET A 3 chip camera for under $10,000 Can. plus plus plus. I presume a 3 chip camera is a bit cheaper now



I don't want to buy a video camera. THESE ARE VIDEO cams............ Not Film cameras like everyone seems to think. Just modified video cameras.

So

1. I don't want to buy a video camera. Thats the whole reason with buy the picture camera to have the option for video when I want it. Mainly its pictures obiously. I could achive the SAME effect with a full fledged video camera use it for video then take snap shots NAH !

I want a digital camera with decent video cabalities.
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For video make sure you buy memory cards by the handfull. I was reading about the FZ30's manual zoom.
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The s9000/s9500 has great video capabilities.

The quality is superior to VHS and you can zoom in and out manually while recording.

You can use regular AA bateries and either DX or Flash cards (or both - I have a DX and a Flash card in mine) and it's easy to swich from one to the other.

I chose the s9000 over the Panasonic because the Pana is more expensive (because it has IS) but the lack of IS doesn't bother me. Getting steady, sharp shots is not really that hard. See this test examples right of the box of full telephoto, hand held shots with my s9000:



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Old Feb 8, 2006, 11:45 PM   #7
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Sorry Fujians I bougth the Panny FZ30 the 9000 looks nice but the posts regarding deffects, things breaking and my GREATED FEAR SOFT IMAGES turned me to the Panny FZ 30. I will let you know in the future if the Panny was the way to go.

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