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Old Feb 23, 2010, 3:34 PM   #21
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And might I add this as well. We previously discussed that the camera that you have with you, is the camera that you use to capture those great children's photos.

The S-90 is that kind of camera. The SX-20 is the kind of camera that stays in the camera case, and only come into action with a lot of pre-preparation. I just don't believe that the SX-20 is ideally suited to the kind of photos you want to take. The S-90 is that kind of camera. Please think about it.

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Old Feb 23, 2010, 9:22 PM   #22
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I hope you don't mind me jumping into this thread. I want the same as the OP and after reading this forum for several weeks had decided on the FZ35. After reading this thread, I'm thinking the S90 would give me a clearer imagine with more auto control. Would I be giving up a clearer picture for more zoom?
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Old Feb 23, 2010, 9:29 PM   #23
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If you have followed my answers to these posts, I have almost 12,500, you would readily understand that BOTH the Canon S-90 and the Panasonic FZ-35 have great image quality when using the Automatic Mode.

Here is a FZ-35 sample photo. I love the zoom of the FZ-35.

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I had read your posts and thought you liked the FX 35 and was trying to understand why you didn't suggest it. Now I'm thinking it's the size of the camera. I wondered since my interests seem similar to OP.
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Old Feb 23, 2010, 10:52 PM   #26
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Am I missing something? This is EXACTLY what you wrote:

"I hope you don't mind me jumping into this thread. I want the same as the OP and after reading this forum for several weeks had decided on the FZ35. After reading this thread, I'm thinking the S90 would give me a clearer imagine with more auto control. Would I be giving up a clearer picture for more zoom?"

I answered with a Panasonic FZ-35 photo. If size is an issue, I apologize for not getting that clear, after all, you did specifically mention the FZ-35 by its name.

Yes, you can surely get comparable image quality with somewhat less zoom in the Panasonic ZR-1, the ZS-1, and the ZS-3, which have a much smaller form factor if you are willing to use the correct techniques. And in fact the three cameras mentioned are less costly.

As a matter of personal policy, I only post about cameras with which I have actual hands on experience. I have never used the FX-35.

However, I do feel that the ZR-1, the ZS-1, and the ZS-3 (which I have used extensively) are about the same size and more feature rich. Thus you might want to check them out.

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Sorry, I typed wrong. I meant the FZ 35. I just wondered why you didn't mention it as the one camera you would want to take pictures of children.
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If size is a huge factor, then you should either go with cameras such as the S90, LX3 (for excellent IQ but limited range) or SX200, ZS1, ZS3 (for good IQ and respectable zoom for the size). I don't have the FZ35 but I did have the FZ18 and I do have the FZ28. Both are very good cameras so I assume the FZ35 is just as good if not better. However, until technology catches up, those 18x+ zoom cameras are a bit bulky, not really "pocket" cameras. But, they offer a lot of flexibility both in terms of range and control/settings. To me, having long reach is a must. Even though I have several prime lenses, I find them very limiting if shooting distant or small subjects.
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Tullio, this is very helpful. I might add size/weight to this analysis. As you pointed out in your post about the ski trip, the FZ28 met all of your photographic priorities but was a bit too large for you given the activity.
Sure you can add size/weight as another factor to consider. The reason I did not add it was because if I was to buy my first camera, I would never give size/weight much of a priority over the other factors as this has nothing to do with IQ. IMO, IQ comes first then size/weight. Now, since I already have several cameras, the missing one is a very compact camera with at least 12x zoom and video.
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Correction - The Sony H20 is a 10MP camera. If I had only one choice fitting your needs, it would be a Cannon G11 or S90. Both have the capability of shooting RAW. Raw has a big advantage over JPEG. It allows you to make a number of corrections before saving it to TIFF or JPEG format.
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