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pjackson Sep 7, 2005 5:57 AM

Does any body have any experience of the new Minolta Z6? Good and bad points please. Thanks.

shutterbuggy Sep 7, 2005 6:52 AM

No experience, but:
- 6 MP on a 1/2.5" CCD don't look good: noisy pics ...
- hope built quality will be better than Z10/Z20/Z3/Z5 etc.

Maybe the new Fuji S5200/5600 has more "mojo". :dude:

speaklightly Sep 7, 2005 8:02 PM

I had a Z-5 and I returned it. Focus was not good and noise was more than I wanted to deal with day after day.

Sarah Joyce

pjackson Sep 8, 2005 3:21 PM

Doesn't sound that good from the replys I have got. Is there a 'good' mega zoom (image stabilsed) camera out there? I want one for action shots, 5mp minimum. I also guess that there isn't one which doesn't have an EVF. They seem annoying as they turn off as well as the LCD during high speed continuous capture, or am I wrong??? I would prefer an optical viewfinder.

RacingManiac Sep 8, 2005 4:22 PM

Steve's review says its better than the previous offering....I had the first gen(the Z1) and it served me well enough. Good for action shot and stuff. But I am trying to move on to SLR now. No idea on the later more mega pixel version though....

speaklightly Sep 8, 2005 4:27 PM

The only alternatives thatI can think of would be the Pansonic FZ-5/20/30 and the Canon S-2 IS or go to an entry level dSLR with a stabilized lens.

Sarah Joycve

shutterbuggy Sep 8, 2005 4:29 PM

The Panasonic Lumix FZ5 is OK.
You may read Steve's review.

Has best bang for the buck considering IS, 5 MP, 12x zoom and is quite compact ...

And then there's the Canon PowerShot S2 IS which has more to offer than the FZ5. Look here.

Simply put: They are 2 of the best super zoom cams with 12x zoom and IS.

speaklightly Sep 8, 2005 6:22 PM

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I agree that both the Panasonic FZ-5 and the Canon S-2 IS are excellent digital cameras. However, neither of those two digital cameras do very well in low light shooting conditions. You will notice that neither of Steve's reviews of these two digital cameras included any low light level photos.

I shoot a lot of low light level photos and have owned and extensively used the Panasonic FZ-10 and FZ-20, the photo output was plagued with noise and marginally slow shutter speeds that, at least for me, made them unworkable.

I went to a dSLR so I could use much higher ISO settings and get higher shutter speeds while not have to do battle with massive noise problems. The sample phot was taken handheld at ISO 3200 with a Pentax 1stDS at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.

Sarah Joyce

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