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Old Mar 18, 2004, 11:27 AM   #1
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Default Canon S1 IS vs Panasonic FZ10

I posted on here (and some other sites) a little over a month ago trying to decide what camera to buy. I listened to what people had to say and even though I still like the Oly C750, I think the stabilization of the Panasonic FZ10 is probably better for me. Now the Canon S1 IS is out. Any thoughts on these 2 cameras? I've read the reviews and both seem good. Any input would be appreciated.
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Old Mar 18, 2004, 2:56 PM   #2
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I don't believe the Canon S1 is available to the general public yet so you'll probably not get any qualified answers from people that actually have one. Probably be at least a couple of weeks before most of the new cameras are available.

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Thanks, I'll be watching for when the Canon is available.
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:roll: I'm waiting for the same information... I'm worried that the fz10 might be too big and heavy for everyday use. The Canon is smaller and lighter weight. Unfortunately it is only 3 MP where as the Panasonic is 4 MP. I'm trying to hang on for some "realworld" reviews of the S1 IS.
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That's my concern with the FZ10 also. I can't find it anywhere to hold it. I held a Canon today that has similar measurements, and I'm really afraid that the size is going to be an issue. I know the camera that takes the best pictures is the one you have with you, will I have that one with me enough, or will I leave it behind because of the size? I really liked the way the Oly 750 felt, but it doesn't have the stabilization. That is one reason I'm interested in the new Canon. It's smaller and has the stabilization. Oh how my head hurts..... If anybody knows of a store in Northeast Ohio area that carries the FZ10, please let me know!
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Both of these cameras have started to arrive in the shops in the UK,I too was comparing them and probably leaning towards the FZ10, but having seen and held them I am now going to buy the S1.
The FZ10 is very big(though lighter than it looks)while the S1 is much more compact and feels very solidly built, the LCD screen is small but very clear, the S1 also has other advantages over the FZ10(AA batteries and movie mode).It is horses for courses but my opinion is that its no good having the (reported) better image quality if you left the camera at home because it is too large.

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:roll: I'm waiting for the same information... I'm worried that the fz10 might be too big and heavy for everyday use. The Canon is smaller and lighter weight. Unfortunately it is only 3 MP where as the Panasonic is 4 MP. I'm trying to hang on for some "realworld" reviews of the S1 IS.
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Anyone know what stores in the U.S. carry the FZ10? Is it only available online?
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With 4 NiMH AA batteries installed the weight difference between the two is negligible. But the IS 1 is physically more compact.

Iím not as big a fan of NiMH as some. I have a camera that uses them and it can be a hassle. NiMH batteries lose a lot of charge just sitting where the lithium batteries donít. Unless the camera has a design fault you can leave a fully charged lithium battery in the camera for weeks, pick it up and start taking pictures. Or insert your spare battery without having to recharge it. You have to recharge the NiMH batteries regularly. I got a spare for my FZ10 from Eagle for $20 and it has been excellent so far.

The FZ10 has a pitiful built-in flash. And they add to the hassle factor by making you remove the lens shade before you can use it. You get much better flash shots with an external flash unit, and you can pick up a small non-dedicated automatic unit with a bounce head inexpensively. You would get nicer flash shots with either camera with an external flash. But if you just want to grab a flash shot and have only the camera with you the FZ10 is limited in the flash range.

I donít find the FZ10 hard to hold well. You cup your left hand under the lens with your left elbow in your chest with the right hand and elbow in the normal good shooting position. There is a valid complaint that the location of the EVF prevents you from using your forehead to help with stabilization. The rubber eyecup I put on mine seems to provide that missing stabilization. You probably want an eyecup with the FZ10 in any case.

Image stabilization is a great feature. Not only for long telephoto shots in less than ideal light, but for wider shots indoors without a flash. You need pretty good indoor lighting to shoot without a flash or tripod even with stabilization, but the situations in which you can handhold are much greater with IS.

I havenít seen any reviews of the S1. I would wait for some good reviews and handle one in a store before making a decision. 4Mp is skimpy for my use and 3Mp would be unacceptable, but that doesnít apply to everyone. If you are sure you wonít ever want a blowup larger than about 8 X 10 the S1 might be a better choice. I agree the greatest camera in the world isnít going to do you much good if it is sitting at home.

Checksix Ask on the Panasonic forum. Several people handled them in stores Ė they might be able to direct you to a chain that carries them.
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