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Old Aug 29, 2008, 3:01 PM   #1
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Hi everybody,
my girlfriend's birthday is around the corner, and I would like to buy her a point and shoot as a present.
I have a TZ5, which she likes a lot, but it's too big and the 10x zoom is not something she'd need. Here's what I would like the camera to have/how I would like it to be:

- Possibly smaller and lighter than the TZ5
- Wide Lens (equal or less than 28mm, wider would be fantastic)
- Selectable metering mode (Spot, semi-spot, matrix)
- Manually selectable ISO sensitivity
- RAW files (not necessary, but very much appreciated)
- Optical Image Stabilization (but all Lumix cameras should have this, right?)
- not too expensive (she already has a reflex, the P&S would be a plus)

Any suggestions on which model to look at? Suggestions for non-Panasonic cameras are welcome too, btw. :-)

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Old Aug 29, 2008, 6:18 PM   #2
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The new FX37 must be the one for her. It has 25-125mm zoom, same wide as your TZ5 if used in 16:9 ratio. It don't have selectable metering

If you want all manual possibilities there's LX3 but it's bigger than the TZ5.
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Old Aug 30, 2008, 5:29 AM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestion, I'll check the FX37 model (never heard of it though!)
I've also read that the FX500 has almost fully manual controls... I'm going to check it, although it's pretty expensive!
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Old Aug 31, 2008, 2:52 PM   #4
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I've found a very good offer on an FX100... seems like this one could do.
Anyone has it? Impressions?
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Old Sep 3, 2008, 6:59 PM   #5
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Do not count out some of the Sony models, very slender/sleek/sexy, and many a woman i see sports one of them. Besides Sony lenses are very good in quality. They are also great because the lenses do not extend during zoom (so less chance of damage) also the front cover cleverly turns the unit ON/OFF (which some like and some don't)
Choices??? Choices???
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Old Sep 4, 2008, 5:42 AM   #6
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Thanks for the suggestion deterpawson!
Unfortunately I have already looked at the Sony W series, but I don't like it too much. First of all I hate having to buy MS Duo Pro sticks (considering I already have a ton of SD cards!), and then I read a lot of reviews which say that these cameras enhance the reds too much, almost to the point of clipping. And, last but not least, I don't like that the maximum shutter time is 1 sec! Too short a time for decent night photography.

My candidates are:
- Panasonic FX100
- Panasonic FX500
- Ricoh Caplio R7

I'm leaning towards the FX500. Buying one from Hong Kong is easy, and even if I have to pay custom duties, it would cost just a few Euros more than the FX100 here.
But the FX500 has full manual controls, and a 25-125mm equivalent lens...
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I've ordered the FX500.
I will report any impressions in the future!
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