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Old Mar 15, 2004, 10:15 PM   #1
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Default FZ1 (with unofficial firmware update) or FZ10?

I am looking for a camera slightly better than P&S (means need some basic manual controls) . Mostly for for family , kids type pictures. Printing will never go beyond 5x6.
Cosidering FZ1 . Is the unofficial firmware upgrade works? Is it safe (I know my warranty will be void if I do it, but it is OK to risk $300) , as a second thought considering FZ10, for my application are there any real benefits of 4mp. What you suggest?

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Old Mar 16, 2004, 9:30 AM   #2
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The FZ1 is a wonderful camera. Currently available for an incredible $270 shipped at onecall.com. The firmware upgrade gives aperature/shutter priority and about 20% less compression and is easily and safely accomplished. Excellent quality 8x10 prints. I have had my FZ1 for 7 months (upgraded in December) and have taken over 6,000 shots with absolutely no manufacturing glitches nor I have I heard of any from other users many of whom have also upgraded.
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Old Mar 16, 2004, 5:46 PM   #3
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I'm with fmoore. While new to this particular digicam, I'm coming from a Minolta Dimage 5, which gives you more than enough control to truly screw pictures up.

I took about 30 pics with the OEM firmware, and decided to upgrade as I wanted at least a little control.

However, having played with the FZ1(2) for only about two weeks and a couple hundred shots, I went back to the store at which I bought it, to see if they had any more for the $270 I paid, that way in case one met a bad fate, I'd have another. I like it that much.

While I do wish it were a 3 MP camera, the lens more than makes up for it. I'm also pleasantly surprised by the battery life, and I use the big LCD screen almost exclusively, as it's just easier. On the Dimage, doing this meant changing batteries every 15 minutes, or so. Not much of an embellishment, either.
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I went back to the store at which I bought it, to see if they had any more for the $270 I paid, that way in case one met a bad fate, I'd have another.
Did they have another? Where were they? In the produce section?
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Did they have another? Where were they? In the produce section?

Yeah, no kidding! I really did get the last one, though I was tempted to offer up a lowball price on the display model. Decided to hold off, however, as I have a feeling this one will be long-lived.
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I have a feeling this one will be long-lived.
Agree. I have heard of zero breakdowns with this camera. That is unusual. May it bring you much happiness in the years to come.
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