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Old Feb 6, 2008, 4:32 PM   #1
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Just took the plunge on the FZ18 as felt my old FZ5 should be retired...

Very shocked at images I got doing a quick first shoot on my lunch break today. I only used the autointelligent mode.

The noise in the results is overwhelming even when shot outside at 2.30pm!

Don't know if I should return the camera as find the noisy pictures such a let down after happy years wiht the FZ5 which brought better results I feel.

The camera feels nice in hand and looks great but..........how to live with the noise. Inside shots I took were all but useless.

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If I were you I would get a new monitor or return the camera.

Seriously I do not see the noise you are referring to......can you post a link to larger photos with the exif included.
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Like genece.....I don't see the problem here in the images you posted....at least not at this size.

Do you have the noise reduction set down low? If so, turn it up to normal. Otherwise, shoot RAW and handle the noise reduction yourself. I've seen some nice results from people shooting RAW with the FZ18.
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Like Genece and Greg, I wonder how big you are blowing these up. The photos you posted look pretty good on my monitor. Maybe you could try a noise reduction program also. I ran it through Noiseware, maybe some improvement, or not, de-pending on what you want.
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I'm with the other guys and don't see much noise. I may have snow blindness though. I went from an FZ7 to an FZ18 and find I can use higher ISO settings then before without unacceptable noise. With the FZ7 I kept the noise reduction on low and with this camera that is not a good idea. I keep it on normal and have not much problem. If enlarging I don't go much over 65-75% or I lose quality, but not necessarily due to noise.
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Hijussiuk,

Seriously I too don't see any noise in posted pic

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Old Feb 8, 2008, 2:50 PM   #9
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Thanks all. Perhaps i am reading too much into this...

Pic no.3 though does look bad to my eyes on the left wall...

I went t China town today on my lunch break and took some pics of chinese lanterns (iT is Chinese new Year) and they look better than the last effort.

I will post once I make them smaller for web.

I haven't had much time to play wiht the camera yet ...

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Pic no.3 though does look bad to my eyes on the left wall...


Guess it depends what you are comparing it to. You certainly would not want to be thinking of it in terms to what you might get compared to...say, a Nikon D300 or a Canon 20/30/40D.

On it's own, in terms of what it looks like as an overall image, I'd say it looks pretty darn good. I guess if I had the original file called up and enlarged it to 100-200% and was looking at 5% of the image on my screen, I'd probably use the same terms you used aboveto describe it. Fortunately for me, I've gotten over looking at digital images that way or I'd still be totting a bag with a 10 poundDSLRsetup around everywhere. That's the only way you'll get better results.
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