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Old Mar 11, 2006, 9:03 AM   #1
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Like Steve's review of the FZ7 - Jeff @ DCR does really like the FZ7 although he does mention the noise.


"Despite a few flaws (most notably noise in images), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 is a very likable ultra zoom camera, and one that I can recommend. It combines high quality optics, image stabilization, manual features, and performance, without breaking the bank. The noise issue might only be a problem for those who will be shooting at high ISOs or making very large prints. For everyone else, this is a very capable ultra zoom that should be on your shopping list."
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Old Mar 11, 2006, 9:22 AM   #2
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Noise continues to be mentioned as a short coming of the Panasonic digicams. IMO, it has gotten no worse on the newer cameras. I could live with it 2 years ago and I can live with it now. There are cameras that exhibit less noise but at the expense of intrusive noise reduction. Pany has chosen to use less noise reduction in-camera processing in the interest of maintaining detail. There has to be a trade-off. Fuji seem is doing the best job on noise right now with their f10/11/30 sensor/processing technology. All they need is OIS, ultra zoom, and a Leica lens to take over. It aint that easy.
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