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Old May 7, 2005, 12:50 PM   #1
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Well I am almost commited now to purchasing the FZ20, I had a local Jessops store 15 miles away get me one in so that I could take a look. Finally got there today to take it for a test drive only to discover they hadn't bothered to chatge the battery.........idiots I had given them 2 days notice as to when I was going too!

Anyhow they did stick the battery in and it gave me about 15 seconds to turn it on, put it to M mode and half press the shutter. I was wanting to test the low light LCD view that I have read so much about, in the very brief time I got I didn't see a problem.

So I am going to test it again tomorrow (they have promised to charge it!), and I would like to know if I was doing the correct thing to replicate the effect of no gain?

Also can anyone tell me any other important features I should check out, obvisouly I want to check the speed of the autofocus and lag, burst mode and macro, but are there any other things that you guys are slightly dissappointed with that think could be important for me to take a closer look at before parting with my cash?

Any feedback is welcomed.

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Old May 7, 2005, 5:06 PM   #2
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Besides all of the technical stuff, make sure it feels good in your hands and that the weight of the camera is comfortable for you. For me I sometimes wish I went with the FZ5 after holding my FZ20 for a long time but Im getting used to the weight.
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Old May 7, 2005, 7:12 PM   #3
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I`ve had my `20 for about 2 months now and over all I`m very happy with it. The biggest problem I have with it is the viewfinder and LCD display don`t work well in low light situations, which is a common complaint with this camera.Some posters have complained about the flesh tones being off. All other aspects of my camera seem to deliver pretty much as promised. By the way, I was in a local Circuit City store today and they had the`20 on sale for $475.
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Old May 8, 2005, 4:13 PM   #4
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Got it today, still playing and tinkering, comparing with my HP and such like. Hopefully might even get time to take some pix with it this week



As for the EVF/LCD, I don't at the moment find it to much of a problem, it does gain as such (what I call gain anyway), and personally think its a kinda half decent idea Panasonic stuck on it, however perhaps it would of been a good idea to supply an on/off for it.

I'll be hangin' around with you guys and gals if you don't mind then!

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Old May 9, 2005, 4:51 PM   #5
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I had read about the poor EVF/LCD imaging in low, low lighthere on this forum. The other weekend, I went to a local beer joint where a friend of mine was playing inband. I could only make out a glint or two of lightwith the EVF/LCD, both were equally as poor. The auto focus worked surprisingly well, but I couldn`t tell if my subject was facing the camera or had his head turned away during the shot because of the EVF/LCD situation.

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