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Old Jul 28, 2005, 9:30 PM   #1
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I'm leaning more and more toward the FZ5 and definitely want an ultrazoom camera before the start of the new football season. With that said, will the FZ5 be able to deilver crisp and consistent shots of action sequences? Will I want to use the burst mode? Is noise a real issue? Do you anticipate Panasonic coming out with the next generation model by end of this year? Any reputable online store you can recommend?
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I have an FZ-15 (which is quite similar to the FZ-5) and I struggled with baseball photography. Then again, I don't really shoot action shots so it might have been the fact that I was a novice in that situation. The difference with baseball is that the ball is moving at or around 100mph. Football is different as the ball is moving fast but it's not baseball fast.

I know my FZ-15 takes 3fps burst shots and I think the FZ-5 is capable of the same. With that said, I'd give it a whirl as you're not really going to find a better camera (in my own humble opinion) unless you step up the a dSLR.
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Old Jul 28, 2005, 11:23 PM   #4
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Here's an action pic I took at the Pirates game last Saturday night. This was taken from the third row from top of grandstand with my FZ-20.
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Beautiful pictures. Very nice! Those are the kind of results I would be very pleased with. But you mentioned you used the FZ-20, isn't this a more advanced camera than the FZ5?
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Old Jul 29, 2005, 7:56 AM   #7
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I think the FZ family of cameras have the same basic capabilities. The FZ5 is just smaller, lighter weight version but it has the Leica lens, 12X optical zoom and, most important, optical image stabilization. The FZ20 is currently the top of the line of the family (soon to be replaced by the FZ30), and I think the main differences, other than size, weight, is that the FZ20 has some manual settings that the FZ5 doesn't have. Manual focus, for instance. But, do you know what?; I hardly ever use the manual focus because the auto focus works so well. I previously owned an FZ3, which I believe is essentially the same camera as the FZ5 but with less megapixels. It took great action pictures in Sports mode.
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That is not so the FZ5 is a newer generation camera ...it just lacks some features of the FZ20 but the performance is very similar.

I would think the FZ5 will give very similar results.

One thing to remember tha pro sports have good lighting and High school sports generally do not.

But the FZ5 will do as well as any camera of the type. (big zoom ,consumer)
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I stand corrected. It seems the FZ5 is much improved over the FZ3. At least in this one reviewer's opinion, it's practically on a par with the FZ20:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicfz5/
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I stand corrected.* It seems the FZ5 is much improved over the FZ3.* At least in this one reviewer's opinion, it's practically on a par with the FZ20:
I guess FZ5 has also improvements over FZ20 e.g. super fast focus for action shots (see review on Dpreview.com for details) and slightly lower noise for low light photos.
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