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Old Apr 9, 2008, 1:58 PM   #21
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I'm looking for a qualitypocket size superzoom for taking with me when I don't feel like lugging the FZ20 around. This camera looks great but I really wish they'd include manual controls. I know it's marketed to the point and shoot crowd but it's not like manual controls would make it any more complicated when it's on automatic. It wouldn't make it more expensiveor bulky either, so I don't get why they don't even give you the option.Still,I'll likely pick up aTZ5 or TZ4 by summer.
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Old Apr 9, 2008, 3:18 PM   #22
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B-H,....if video is important to you, check in on the discussions of autofocus during video zoom over on the dpreview forums. Seems that it's not what one would expect in an otherwise nice camera. I was considering this one myself, but video is very important to me so I will either stick with my Canon TX1, which is a tad difficult to operate, or pick up a Casio V8. Both of these have zoom during video and good autofocus.
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Old Apr 10, 2008, 11:23 AM   #23
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Video isn't that important to me, which is why I'm thinking about getting the TZ4 instead of hte TZ5 - not sure how much I'd record video in HD. The most imporant features to me are the lens and size. I like that it has wide angle. How's the Casio V8? I've never really considered Casio cameras. The lack of manual features on the TZ4/5 isn't a dealbreaker, but it would be nice if it had them.
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Old Apr 10, 2008, 12:39 PM   #24
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The V8 is very popular with users. I personally haven't been able to find one but I plan to consider it for my next pocket camera. It has a nice 2.5"LCD, 7X zoom, sliding lens cover, internal zoom lens and some other really nice features. It is reported to have an excellent video function and stereo sound. It's smaller than the TZ cameras.
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Old Apr 14, 2008, 1:23 PM   #25
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I find myself in the same situation as, B-H-

HD Video is not high on my priority list.

However, I want to be sure the TZ-4 also uses the Venus IV processor. That processor seems to be the key feature that is responsible for the TZ-5's IQ advances.

Does anyone know for sure if the TZ-4 uses the Venus IV processor?

Thanks! Have a great day!

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Old Apr 18, 2008, 1:45 PM   #26
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Just a quick follow-up. I ended up purchasing the TZ-5 and am very happy with the camera.

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