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Old Apr 1, 2004, 7:26 PM   #1
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i think i am going to get a 10x or 12x optical zoom digicam. i would prefer a digicam with at least 5 mp. has anyone heard of any new models coming out with these features? i know that new models should hit the shelves this month. thanks.
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Old Apr 2, 2004, 2:40 AM   #2
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The only camera i know of that can get any where near you expectations is the Minolta Z2, which boasts 4MP & a 10x Optical Zoom (4x Digital)

http://konicaminolta.jp/english/prod...-z2/index.html

But yeah your right the 5MP big boys are on their way!

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How could i forget Olympus!

They make som serious zoom cameras alltho ive never used one or even seen one!

http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/di...?id=HIGH%20END

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http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/di...fm?id=CREATIVE
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Old Apr 2, 2004, 2:55 AM   #3
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I just read the Z2 review, look's like one that i might let the wife treat me to.
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Old Apr 2, 2004, 3:19 AM   #4
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I just read the Z2 review, look's like one that i might let the wife treat me to.
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Your such a nice guy!
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Old Apr 2, 2004, 4:04 AM   #5
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Thank you Japair.
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Old Apr 2, 2004, 6:11 AM   #6
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When it gets to a 10X or 12X zoom I think you're mainly going to be confined to 4Mp at the moment - the reason being that seriously long telephotos like that will be huge unless the digital sensor is very small. So the usual size is 1/2.5" (or 1cm) and at the moment they can't squeeze more than 4Mp on that, though they will be able to in the near future, I'm sure. I would check out the Panasonic DMC FZ10 which goes from 35 to 420 and also has image stabilisation which is very very useful on long teles.

Anyway 4Mp isn't much different from 5Mp or even 8Mp for almost all purposes.
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I would check out the Panasonic DMC FZ10...
Dont forget its nearly twice the price of the Z2!

(bloody good camera tho!)

Hey Technophile

Is Panasonic's Advanced MEGA O.I.S along the same lines as Minolta's Anti-Shake function?
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Thank you Japair.
I wish my wife would treat me to a Z2, but due to the fact im not marryed, there could be a problem
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Take a look at the Panasonic FZ10. Stabilization makes a big difference in a long telephoto. Besides stabilization it maintains f2.8 all the way to 12X.
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Hi Japair,

The Minolta's got the anti-shake in the body, so there are little gyroscopes detecting motion and little servos that move the ccd to compensate - amazing stuff! This approach will work well with Minolta's new DLSR because it'll work on all lenses. The Panny has it in the lens itself, which is no disadvantage on a camera with a fixed lens, although I wonder if attaching a teleconvertor will screw up the IS in a lens, whereas it's OK if it's in the body. I've got an A2 and can vouch for the fact that the AS works. 200mm shots at 1/30 sec with no shake - almost a miracle. You shouldn't be able to go below 1/200sec.
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