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Old May 9, 2006, 10:53 PM   #1
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I am trying to decide between the FZ30 & Fuji S9000. I'm leaning towards the Panasonic but I am concerned about this "noise" issue. I'm an amateur so I don't really know what photos - shots/settings it effects the most.

I like to photograph outdoor scenery, flowers, closeups of birds, butterflies etc, indoor family functions, telephoto shots of my girls during Marching Band season where we compete outdoors in the evening in low light/or under stadium lights. Also, we perform indoors at a Sports Dome that seats 30,000 people. With my regular SLR I use 1600 ISO film for that and shots still are usually grainy. I also use telephoto outdoors alot to capture images that I want to bring closer.

I hope that's enough if for you all. Will this be a good camera to use in Auto mode until I learn how to use all those fine features? I reallyknow little about settings, Fstops and all that sort of thing.

PS Going to Sedona, AZ in a few weeks and would like to take new camera with me and hope to get some good shots. All on Auto I suppose.

Thanks in advance!!
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Old May 10, 2006, 1:13 AM   #2
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There are so many discussions on this subject in these forums, it is redundant to start them over again. Type in "noise" and "FZ30" and do a search and you'll see that this horse has been beaten to death already.
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Old May 10, 2006, 7:57 AM   #3
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Oops, sorry I didn't know that. I'll do the search as you suggested. I just posted the question on a couple different forums hoping to get a quick answer!

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Here are a couple of strings you might want to read: http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=23

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=16

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=23



Hope that helps....
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Old May 10, 2006, 12:53 PM   #5
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I chose the FZ30 because I preferred the image stabilization over the higher ISO settings and I have not been disappointed. I find the camera easy to use for the beginner and a wealth of features for the more experienced. Noise is there if you look hard enough, but I have not found it to be a problem or take anything away from the pictures I've taken.I spent a whole day at the New York Auto Show last month and took about 200 pictures. Once I got home and downloaded the pictures, I was very impressed as weremy co-worker that I shared them with. I can't speak for the Fuji, but I don't think you will be disappointed with either camera. If you follow this forum long enough, I think that 98% of the people who have purchased the FZ30 have been happy with their choice.
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