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Skirgey Jul 14, 2004 6:45 AM

Hi guys

Need help picking between the

Kodak DX6490


Panasonic DMC-FZ10

I know the panasonic has 12x zoom and Kodak 10x but the docking station with the Kodak is cool both are 4 megapixel

so is the Panasonic worth the extra money, or what cam should i buy for around £350

ed33 Jul 14, 2004 7:15 AM

maybe the Kyocera M410R?

Or the minolta z2?

Good luck!

TC3 Jul 14, 2004 7:29 AM

I just read a review on the Kodak....not impressed and the Z2 is crap so either the Panasonic or the M410R which i have is good

ed33 Jul 14, 2004 7:34 AM

Is that to me:?

I'm just trying the help the other fellow by giving him some idears..

I'm still waiting for a (some) reviews on the pentax...


TC3 Jul 14, 2004 7:35 AM

ed33 wrote:

Is that to me?!?

I'm just trying the help the other fellow by giving him some idears..

My mistake my man i didnt see who started the thread and thought it was you....have you found a camera though?

ed33 Jul 14, 2004 7:44 AM

I'm still waiting for a (some) reviews on the pentax...:D

Skirgey Jul 14, 2004 11:06 AM

Thanx guys :D

I looked at the Minolta no battery pack or anything with it..

I will keep looking see what i can find, any other cameras with 12x zoom u guys know of ?

slipe Jul 14, 2004 11:57 AM

With the announcement of the Minolta Z3 there are now 3 cameras at reasonable prices with long zoom lenses and stabilization. Stabilization provides so much more versatility I see no reason to not get it.

Minolta advertises 3 f-stops for their stabilization. Some people with FZ10s think they get 3 f-stops as well. I think that might be a little optimistic, but it is certainly more than 2. 2 f-stops lets you take a photo with 1/4 the light for equal sharpness compared to not having stabilization. 3 f-stops would let you take the picture in 1/8 the light. It lets you use the camera handheld in many situations you would need a tripod without stabilization.

If you use good technique you should use 1/380 second shutter speed for a full zoom shot with an average 10X zoom camera. If you don't make large prints or extreme crops you can get by with a lower speed. Burst mode improves your chances of capturing the image closer to a null in your handshake. But all of that applies to stabilization as well. You can still get the same quality in 1/4 to 1/8 the light no matter what standard you apply.

Most people think of long telephoto shots with stabilization, but it gives some impressive available light capability at wider angles as well.

Stabilization doesn't help at all for subject movement. The f2.8 at 12X on the FZ10 would give a definite improvement over the probably f3.7 on the Z3 for subject movement.

If the FZ10 is too pricey check out the Canon S1. It is only 3Mp, but is a 10X stabilized camera. It is more compact than the FZ10 but almost as heavy with the 4 AA batteries. I wouldn't base my camera choice on a docking station. The difference between 10X and 12X isn't that big a deal.

Skirgey Jul 14, 2004 1:11 PM

Thanx slipe m8 :D

I like the Panasonic i have to say but i just dunno i am so stuck

i had the Sony DSC-P51 got rid of it coz i want better my m8 has the fuji finepix s500

and thats a nice cam too..

i have made a short list i am stuck on these

Kodak DX6490

Panasonic DMC-FZ10



Fujifilm S5000

The Sony caught my eye days ago but the smaller LCD screen puts me off a litlle

i am registerd blind so the bigger the screen the better for me but i dont want to miss out on the best one just coz of screen size, its doing me nutt in i just cant pick

so its up to u guys :D...sorry LOL

slipe Jul 14, 2004 1:43 PM

Skirgey wrote:

i am registerd blind so the bigger the screen the better for me

Have you actually looked at them in a store? All of the cameras you have listed have electronic viewfinders rather than optical ones. Some people have problems seeing the whole scene with some EVFs and eyeglasses. And the resolution isn't as crisp as optical finders. Long zoom lenses pretty much require EVFs because they can't get the optical ones to zoom far enough.

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