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Old Aug 30, 2006, 1:13 PM   #1
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Not being a Panasonic owner
I wanted to get a feel for how current owners felt about how useful OIS really is.
Im interested in all comments, but I will have a sharp eye on the FZ 50 end of the scale.
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Old Aug 30, 2006, 1:36 PM   #2
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Well, I own an FZ7 and before that was an FZ3 and before that was an old Olympus. I will never go back to a camera without OIS again. I have no doubt that I would have very little success with long zoom shots without OIS or the use of a tripod would be mandatory for me. Seeing that I can get cameras with OIS for a reasonable price, why would I consider one without? I can't think of any reasons as DSLR's are not on my list.

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Old Aug 30, 2006, 1:52 PM   #3
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The Panasonic OIS is the benchmark digicam image stabilzation system. No one does it better. The Panasonic/Leica glass is also the creme de la creme. If Panasonic could come up with a sensor to match the Fuji super sensor, they would blow the competition away.

Here is a 1/6s handheld shot of a little table my 5yr-old grandaughter made for me. That's putting the OIS to the test.

FX01, iso80, 1/6s, f2.8


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Old Aug 30, 2006, 1:58 PM   #4
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I took several photos from a moving boat in San Fransisco Bay and most were acceptable. It wouldn't have happened without OIS>



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Old Aug 30, 2006, 2:06 PM   #5
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Hi Fred

I couldn't have said it any better ! OIS allows you to take pics that you otherwise just would not be able to get without a tripod. Here's another shot at the other end of the scale - taken at 400mm, f5.6;1/800 ISO100 hand held.




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Old Aug 30, 2006, 9:03 PM   #6
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Rriley wrote:
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I wanted to get a feel for how current owners felt about how useful OIS really is.
Are you kidding? :O OIS is essential. Life would be all blurry without it.

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Old Aug 30, 2006, 10:20 PM   #7
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bkrownd wrote:
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Are you kidding? :O OIS is essential. Life would be all blurry without it.

I completely agree man. I'll straight up say I couldn't live without OIS, it's good stuff.
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Of course I also spend 90% of my time at 12x zoom wishing I had more more more zoom.
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Old Aug 31, 2006, 12:06 AM   #9
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I have tremors and without OIS could not even think of a hand held 12x shot. With OIS I get some pretty nice shots all the way through the zoom range. I guess there are probably someexpensive and extremely fast canmeras that might do the job for me, but not in my price range. I wouldn't even think of buying a camera without it.

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Old Aug 31, 2006, 11:13 AM   #10
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I think anyone that does not think OIS or IS or VR is useful , does not have an understanding of whatstabilization is suppose to do.

I keep seeing threads that say it did not work because a moving subject was blurry....those folks donot understand.

It stops camera movement not action.

For someone like me its invaluable.
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