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Old Dec 26, 2006, 7:07 PM   #1
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Anyone know what changes are ahead from Panasonic for replacing the FZ50? I'm debating buying an FZ50 now or waiting to see what next years FZ will bring.
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Old Dec 27, 2006, 12:30 PM   #2
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It will not be....but I wish it was a FZ45.

Buy now you have 7 or 8 months till the new one.
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Old Dec 27, 2006, 1:15 PM   #3
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No-one will know until the new model announcement the 3rd. week in July (if Panasonic continues its past practice). My hope - shared, I believe, by many on this and other forums - is for a 7 MP version of the FZ50 with less aggressive in-camera NR and the ability to turn NR off. The reality will likely be 12 MP crammed into the existing CCD. Someone on one of the forums suggested two otherwise identical versions - a 7Mp and a 12MP - aimed at both the MP and the IQ markets (analogous to the Canon 610 & 620). Nevertheless, I am having a LOT of fun with my FZ50 and would agree with genece - buy an FZ50 now and treat yourself to at least an extra 8 or 9 months of enjoyment until the new models become available in September! Good luck, and happy New Year.
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Old Dec 27, 2006, 5:41 PM   #4
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I've seen in the reviews negative mention on the NR in the Venus III, guess I didn't know you couldn't turn it off. A bigger LCD would be nice also as that seems to be a trend however I can't see them being able to do that and keep the articulation mechanism on the same body configuration. Maybe they'll have a Venus 4?
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Old Dec 27, 2006, 9:40 PM   #5
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Well you can turn off the NR but you must shoot in RAW and Panasonic refuses to add a buffer to make RAw mode worth a darn...no burst and a 4 second write to thecard...... All the wonderful features they added to the FZ50 and they could not address a buffer and add compression to the Raw files.....What geniuses



WhileI am complaining why can they not make a LCD that you can view in the sunlight? People can do it with GPS's and fish finders.....why not cameras?
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Old Dec 27, 2006, 9:47 PM   #6
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I have a perfectly fine FZ7 I guess for now. It would be nice to have an external hot shoe flash for inside shots plus the other nice features of the FZ50. I'm not in a rush so maybe I'll just wait 7 months and see what the next build is?



Oh decisions decisions.
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Sounds like a plan ....but I would think a FZ8 is just around the corner.
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hopefully, the upgrade will focus more on a bigger sensor and lesser megapixels (say, 6mp?)
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aaahhhhhh.....the anticipation that awaits us in the year 2007!!!!!!!!!
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Old Jan 5, 2007, 12:31 PM   #10
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its a two way bet really
im thinking this might be the end of the road for super zoom cameras

now that pana have a dSLR, it probably takes sales away from that

dSLRs are going to be very comptitive this year
and already prices are significantly down
the last real barrier, that of sensor cleaning is taken care of by some
its a concern of 38% of dslr camera buyers

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