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Old Sep 10, 2008, 7:08 AM   #1
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I was wondering which of this to get ? One has 10x zoom, but only 10mp. The other has only 3.6x zoom, but with 14mp. Does the difference of 4mp really make the difference ? Which one should I choose? Thanks.
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The main difference between 10 mp and 14 mp is that the 14 mp camera better have a very large sensor, or it will take very noisy pictures.

Assuming the 14 mp camera does have a sensor of the proper size, there's no guarantee the picture quality will be better than the 10 mp camera.
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Old Sep 10, 2008, 2:09 PM   #3
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I was wondering which of this to get ? One has 10x zoom, but only 10mp. The other has only 3.6x zoom, but with 14mp. Does the difference of 4mp really make the difference ? Which one should I choose? Thanks.
The TZ5 makes a great travel camera. I took it on my last trip and left the DSLR at home and was very please with the output.

Other than the zoom range, the other majordifferences between these two comes down to the extra user input the FX150 gives. With the FX150 you have the option of using RAW capture. With the TZ50 you do not. With the FX150 you have the option of going to full manual exposure mode. With the TZ5 you do not.

On the other hand, if you like the 16:9 capture mode, the TZ5 gives a "real" 28mm viewat 16:9. All the FX150 does is crop the long sides above and below the image.

Both series are extremely popular. The zoom range the TZ5/50 gives is almost unbelievable for the size camera it is. Using the extended optical (not digital) zoom, the focal length range is actually longer than 10x, going from 28-472mm.

Here are a few folders of different type shots I've taken with the TZ5, which is a TZ50 without the wireless transfer ability..

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/galler...17148286_b2aa8

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/galler...25633400_Q8cXZ

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/galler...04940403_5W5EE

And this is a folder from St. Croix, US Virgin Islands this past May..

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/galler...96939589_cmkXQ
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The main difference between 10 mp and 14 mp is that the 14 mp camera better have a very large sensor, or it will take very noisy pictures.

Assuming the 14 mp camera does have a sensor of the proper size, there's no guarantee the picture quality will be better than the 10 mp camera.
The FX150 is using a 1/1.72inch Elmarit CCD, the TZ50 is using a 1/2.33inch Elmar CCD. Heard that the Elmarit CCD is better. Is it true ?

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The FX150 is using a 1/1.72inch Elmarit CCD, the TZ50 is using a 1/2.33inch Elmar CCD. Heard that the Elmarit CCD is better. Is it true ?

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"Elmarit" and "Elmar" are names given to differentLeicalenses, andhave nothing to do with the sensor ineither camera. You did get the sensor sizes right though.

Sounds like you need to do some reading on both models. Go look at this about the FX150..

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0807/08...sonicfx150.asp

and this about the TZ5..

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0801/08...onictz4tz5.asp
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The FX150 looks to be an interesting camera with the manual control and larger sensor, look forward to the reviews.
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The FX150 is using a 1/1.72inch Elmarit CCD, the TZ50 is using a 1/2.33inch Elmar CCD. Heard that the Elmarit CCD is better. Is it true ?

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"Elmarit" and "Elmar" are names given to differentLeicalenses, andhave nothing to do with the sensor ineither camera. You did get the sensor sizes right though.

Sounds like you need to do some reading on both models. Go look at this about the FX150..

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0807/08...sonicfx150.asp

and this about the TZ5..

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0801/08...onictz4tz5.asp
So from your experience, do you think the difference of 4mp is a lot difference ? that is the only thing keeping from me from buying the TZ5. I like the 10x zoom and the 3" LCD. I rarely develop photos now a days. Mainly take pictures to keep them and create home movies ? What I can see is the TZ5 is good enough, with the extra zoom and larger LCD. What do you think ??? Thanks.
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So from your experience, do you think the difference of 4mp is a lot difference ? that is the only thing keeping from me from buying the TZ5. I like the 10x zoom and the 3" LCD. I rarely develop photos now a days. Mainly take pictures to keep them and create home movies ? What I can see is the TZ5 is good enough, with the extra zoom and larger LCD. What do you think ??? Thanks.
To me, either sensor size is small, so all four more megapixels is going to do is create opportunities for more noise.

Other than this TZ5, I mainly use a DSLR, shoot RAW all the time and have no issues doing all the post processing I need to do, but with TZ5 images, I simply make sure the color option I want is setand monitor the histogram as I shoot, dialing in exposure compensation as is (rarely) needed, and Irarely touch the images in Photoshopafter downloading them. It offers an awful lot of versatility for the cost and size.
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I agree 100% with Greg-

To my own personal thinking, the Panasonic TZ-5 offers a really great mix of camera capabilities. If video clips are not your thing, then you can save some $$ by opting for the TZ-4.

I also own a FZ-50 and the TZ-4/5 is a dream to carry, especially when traveling versus the large size and heft of the much larger FZ-50. If you really want to consider the FX-150, then you ought to be also looking at the Sony W-300 as well that competes against the FX-150. The posted photos that I have seen from the Sony W-300 have been very impressive indeed.

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