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Old Feb 20, 2004, 2:01 PM   #1
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Default Panasonic DCM-FZ20?

Has anyone heard rumor about the release date, price, or specs on the 2nd generation of the FZ10?
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Old Feb 20, 2004, 4:20 PM   #2
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Has anyone heard rumor about the release date, price, or specs on the 2nd generation of the FZ10?
Not anytime soon.
The UK market, for example, is still waiting for the FZ10.
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Old Feb 20, 2004, 11:10 PM   #3
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Are we sure the FZ20 is not already out in Japan? Haha :P
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Old Feb 21, 2004, 1:09 AM   #4
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Same feature set as FZ10 but with these improvements:

12 megapixels, 3:2 aspect ratio
1.5" x 1.0" 3 layer CCD, 48-bit depth
ISO range 100-1600 with no noise even at ISO 1600
file formats: TIFF, RAW, user selectable JPEG range 1-100
AF Assist lamp effective up to 25 feet
built-in flash effective up to 25 feet at ISO 100
20x optical zoom with improved OIS, uses physical zoom ring
(viewfinder and barrel of lens both show zoom level)
physical manual focus ring replaces fly-by-wire
(viewfinder shows approximate distance based on focus/zoom)
f/2.0 - f/32 aperture
16 second to 1/16000 second shutter
Manual, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority on separate control
A/S/M usable in combination with all "scene" modes
3" LCD visible in direct sunlight, always shows bright, live image
2/3" EVF always shows bright, live image; includes eyecup
viewfinder image stays bright down to 1 lux, then switch to IR
instead of darkening viewfinder, camera shows # f/stops underexposure
viewfinder shows autofocus selection point and blown-out pixels
burst modes: 2/sec, 4/sec, 10/sec, until card fills
movie mode: 640x480, 30 fps, zoomable while shooting
shot-to-shot delay: <0.05 seconds, plus actual shutter time
AF/exposure delay < 0.05 seconds at 1 lux
white balance setting include incandescent, 3 levels of flourescent
landscape mode sets focus to infinity
10 user-definable memorized setups on separate buttons
Smart hotshoe
wireless remote-controlled shutter
built-in USB 2.0 port provides live and playback images to computer

weight: 12 oz
street price: $499

Availability: April 1st of every year :P
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Old Feb 21, 2004, 1:24 AM   #5
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Let me add one more wish to the dream:

we can trade in our FZ10 for $100
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Old Feb 21, 2004, 2:46 AM   #6
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Some Panasonic sales person is reading this and probably deciding whether to laugh insanely, or have a heart attack.

A camera like you are describing would probably not fit in the prosumer market, and be nowhere NEAR the price you listed. I know you know that...but I like to state the obvious.

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Old Feb 21, 2004, 9:43 AM   #7
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Charlie, now that is a camera I would consider buying


If there were such a lense, just think how massive it would be.
But you forgot to mention that the camera has to be pocketable (no bigger than the DiMAGE Xt)
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Old Feb 21, 2004, 12:55 PM   #8
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If there were such a lense, just think how massive it would be.
But you forgot to mention that the camera has to be pocketable (no bigger than the DiMAGE Xt)
By specifying that the camera weights 12 ounces, I thought it would be intuitively obvious to the most casual observor that its 20x lens that projects a full 35mm-size image uses breakthrough optics technology that allows it to fit entirely within the body of this compact camera, allowing the camera to easily fit in a shirt pocket.
But I did forget to mention that the two AA batteries it uses for its power supply are sufficient to take over 300 pictures if the flash is not used.

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A camera like you are describing would probably not fit in the prosumer market, and be nowhere NEAR the price you listed. I know you know that...but I like to state the obvious.
Tthat was the Street Price. MSRP likely would be a tad higher.
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Old Feb 21, 2004, 3:05 PM   #9
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But I did forget to mention that the two AA batteries it uses for its power supply are sufficient to take over 300 pictures if the flash is not used.
I think that you forgot a trailing zero.
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Old Feb 21, 2004, 6:15 PM   #10
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Let me add one more wish to the dream:

we can trade in our FZ10 for $100
better. all this is available only as a firmware update for $50.00.
Free if you just download if off the internet
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