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Old Nov 26, 2007, 1:11 PM   #1
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Was in the store to day to buy a new camera.
Had a hard time to decid, i did think the Panasonic FZ8 looked nice and i read alot great stuff about it. But also it was a bit big.

Ended up with a DSC-H3, now when i get home i cant find mutch about it. Played with it some but i'm no expert.

I use the camera to photo my child, not mutch else really. And he always runs, always.

Also i dont like to "mess" with the camera mutch, if i use auto i like most stuff to work.

keep Sony or get a Panasonic FZ8?
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Old Nov 26, 2007, 4:26 PM   #2
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The H3 ishas a10x zoom lens while the FZ8 has a 12x lens.The H3 issmall but I don't like the fact that it does not have an EVF. I haven't yet founda LCD that works real well in bright daylight. When the light shines on them, good luck seeing what you are photographing! As another possibility,I'dlook into the FZ18, which is not only small and light but it has a much more powerful 18x lens (seetopic"FZ18 First Impressions" for a few samples of what the FZ18 is capable of).
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Old Nov 26, 2007, 5:29 PM   #3
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I get the Idea you want to use this camera inddors to take the kid photos ......no ultrazoom really does that well.......but the FZ18 seems to be moving in that direction..........But I misread your question and most of the photos are outdoors, any one of the Panasonics would be my choice,....if you are wanting to do indoors one of the low light Fujis F31 maybe would be a good choice......but you should look hard ar the FZ18....
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Old Nov 27, 2007, 1:36 AM   #4
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Well its both indoors and outdoors.
Maybe i shouldnt pick a superzoom? (No clue what to get if not)
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Old Nov 27, 2007, 7:49 AM   #5
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The guys that have the FZ18 that have been at this a while seem impressed by what it can do indoors......now the photos will not be perfect, but most think for 8X10 prints or to view on a monitor they are fine.

I have one on the truck for delivery so perhaps I can give you a first hand experience tomorrow.

But if you feel you have no need for an ultrazoom there may be better options for you.........but there are very few cameras better than the FZ's for outdoors.

If the FZ18 does perform pretty well indoors, its really great to finally have an ultrazoom that does.

Of course I have been for years ,using a camera like the FZ50, and an external flash for indoors........its a bigger package but it will do what you want.
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Old Nov 27, 2007, 11:32 AM   #6
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I don't usually do a hole lot of indoors photography but in the past, I was never happy with any of my camera's performance (R1, Nikon D40, Pentax K110D, FZ20, you name it). The only exception so far had been the Sony H1, which has a very powerful flash for such a camera. The problem is, the flash recycling time is just outrageous. The camera sits there for 30-45 sec. recharging the flash (if the batteries are fully charged) and you can not take any pictures during this time. It really annoys people when you want to take multiple shots of a family portrait. Part of the problem iscaused by the H1 being powered by 2xAA, certainly not enough powerto quickly re-chargesuch a powerful flash. Now, the FZ18 on the other hand,has been the bestindoor camera I've had sofar. It focuses fast and well in low light, the flashis somewhat powerful (not nearly as much as the H1 but enough for mid-size rooms)butit recycles very very fast. Images come out crisp and well saturated. I took many family pictures duringThanksgiving dinner andmost came out great.
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