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Old Jul 20, 2005, 6:38 AM   #1
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http://www.panasonic.de/presse/detai...p;refer=recent

Sounds pretty good, hope to see some reviews soon, with sample pics etc.
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Old Jul 20, 2005, 8:12 AM   #2
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that looks great. now how much is it? I want to buy it but have to check out price first...and really want to see IQ samples:arrow:

One thing i'm noticing is they say on the manual you can not attach the ND filter and then attach the tcon...what about other filters? like UV or a polarizer? and the TCON and WCON dont seem to have threads either so is it going to be possible to use filters when you're using the tcon/wcon at all? and another thing I really wanted on my FZ20 was a battery grip, i'm hoping it will be made for the FZ30
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Old Jul 20, 2005, 10:56 AM   #3
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The consensus on price is $699US but when it will be available in US is another matter.
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Old Jul 20, 2005, 11:21 AM   #4
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Does it require special filters and lenses with a twist lock mechanism instead of threads? If so we will have to make adapters!!!!!
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Old Jul 20, 2005, 12:25 PM   #5
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Dean Forbes wrote:
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The consensus on price is $699US but when it will be available in US is another matter.

September 20 in US according to Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...s&n=507846
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Old Jul 20, 2005, 4:11 PM   #6
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Thanks sprof. I think I will wait for some reviews and user comments before trading in my FZ20. The constant 2.8 is tough to leave behind.
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Old Jul 20, 2005, 5:06 PM   #7
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wow that's awesome! i thought we'd be looking more like $900, for $700 i'm definetively getting it Sept. 20
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Old Jul 20, 2005, 5:17 PM   #8
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Panasonic needs to be careful with pricing as anything over $750 gets into DSLR range, albeit without a lens, but DSLR sales are growing faster than P/S digicams. There are a lot of thoughtful discussions at dpreview about the relative merits of buying the FZ30. The consensus seems tobe thatthe sample images are not that good.
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Old Jul 20, 2005, 11:22 PM   #9
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Here are some more samples. http://panasonic.co.jp/pavc/global/l...dels/fz30.html



I only downloadedthe third one down and there is quite a bit of noise but you know what...it doesn't bother me. I am used to it with my FZ1.
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The focal length suggests that the CCD is about 1.24 times the size of the one in the FZ20 (linear dimension). This is roughly in keeping with the increase in the number of pixels. Sample photos look fantastic.
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