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Old Aug 20, 2009, 10:53 PM   #1
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As a gift to a young and very casual photographer I am considering the Lumix FS-15 (since the FS-25 adds a larger LCD and little else) and the soon to be released Nikon Coolpix s570. Any thoughts on Nikon's "electronic VR" (=digital) vs Panasonic's optical? I am personally biased against digital IS and even though I have not used it the idea is not appealing, but then again it's a gift and I have the impression that cuteness will trump features from the recipients perspective....
I would consider any other suggestions inluding wide angle and at least 5x zoom... and of course very compact and "cute"...
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Another possibility would be the Kodak Z-1485 at a bit less money. It is a capable camera with good image quality and very small and cute as well. Of the three choices, based on excellent reviews, I would favor the Panasonic FS-15.

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thanks for validating my initial idea, i will look into the kodak as well.
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The stabilization for the Nikon S570 is not just digital, it also has sensor shifting. Some comparisons show optical stabilization to have a higher success rate than sensor shifting, but sensor shifting is still a lot better than nothing. Even so, I would still favor the Panasonic FS15 over the Nikon. Mainly for the sharper lens on the Panny, not the different IS technology. Remember, IS applies only to still scenes, the low shutter speeds for IS will not work with an action subject.

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