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Old Jan 28, 2010, 7:01 AM   #1
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Hi All,

This is very impressive forum, Thanks for such a great forum.

I am Peter from India. I am planning to buy new super zoom camera. I searched lots of reviews and forums for that. And now I had narrowed digital megazoom camera search to Canon SX20 IS and the Panasonic DMC-FZ35. Since both are the new model, I do not find much point to point comparision and reviews of both models.Whatever reviews I found are confusing. Both model reviews are good.So I am unable to decide which one to go for. Both have some adv and dis-adv.
I want some expert advise who may have got chance to work on both models.
I found some comparison in this site as well which are slightly turns towards FZ35.

The things Im looking for are:
-Good Image quality (bright day shots, macro shots, night shots(fireworks also), fast moving objects and mostly good indoor snaps.
-Speed of camera (I dont know how to call it but when you press the button it takes the Image instantly with no Lag - that speed) and the speed of which the camera is ready to take another photo(take one take another photo)
-ease of use (Im no pro, but in the start I wont use all the advanced features of camera, but since I like photographing, I might even go pro with a personal camera)

Lots of people here who was handling both of models.
Please help me with your suggestions.

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Old Jan 28, 2010, 9:06 AM   #2
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Hello, Peter-

Welcome to the Forum. We're pleased that you dropped by.

I faced the very same problem several month ago when I was shopping for a super zoom camera to go along with my DSLR. While the Canon SX-20 and the Panasonic FZ-35, are the two premier super zooms, I finally decided on the FZ-35, due to its feature set, form factor, and weight.

I have been very happy with ,my choice, and I have been able to take very good photos with the FZ-35. It is a very versatile camera that performs well.

Have a great day.

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Old Jan 28, 2010, 9:51 AM   #3
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It's a very tough decision to make for sure.

The lens on the Panasonic is a little bit better than the Canon but the Canon has the advantage of having a flash hot shoe which can be a big benefit when shooting in many situations as you can add an external flash. If you are not looking to expand later then the Panasonic is the best option, if you want a little more further down the line then the Canon has it.

Sarah what is the feature set that you mention on the Panasonic, this could be helpful to Peter?
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I wanted to explore HD video in more depth. The stereo sound was an added enticement. I already own very good Slave Flash equipment, so the hot shoe on the SX-20 became a non issue for me.

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Thanks Sarah, it could help Peter to know that the feature set was stereo sound.

I agree that slave flash can be a good option if you are happy to play around with settings but for most people buying this range of camera this is a lot of work and can increase the chance of missing the shot they want.
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Mark-

Your point is well made. However, I cut my teeth on manual flash, so that is not an issue for me. I am into my 64th year of taking photos, and I am still teaching as well.

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Your point is well made. However, I cut my teeth on manual flash, so that is not an issue for me. I am into my 64th year of taking photos, and I am still teaching as well.

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I wasn't talking for someone in your situation, but for the everyday photographer buying this sort of camera who is looking for the simplicity then slave flash isn't ideal.

Thanks for the reminder about being a photographic teacher..... I almost forgot
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I apologize, I missed your point, Mark-

Yes, you are 100% correct. A hot shoe and a TTL External Flash is much easier for your average hobbyist photographer.

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It is, but then again if it won't be needed then I would still go Panasonic.
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Thanks Sarah & Mark,

Your discussion is very much helpful for me.

But my confusion is still remains.

There are several advantages seen in SX20is over FZ-35 in specification

1) Optical zoom 20x as compared to 18x (Not much difference)
2) FZ-35 is without hot shoe. (That is also not a big problem for me)
3) Tilting Screen (One of advantage)
4) Prices of both are almost same here.
5) And for newbie like me in camera world, Canon is one of the Big brand name.

But also you both suggested FZ-35.

Could you please provide me the advantages of FZ-35 which are missed by me.
And also you are very very much experience in photography and if I I am not wrong, you both are using both models.

So please suggest (If you explains that things then it is very helpful to me).
Its my humble insists to U.

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