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Old May 13, 2010, 9:55 PM   #21
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Yes, the specs are very similar. But, where the real difference emerged was in the professional reviews. The A590 was the small champ last year in the reviews.

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Old May 15, 2010, 8:29 PM   #22
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How does the Panasonic LZ 8 compare? A friend of mine seems to think that the LZ 8 is a better option.

I hadn't included it in my original post/query because I hadn't come across it. But now, while hunting for the a590, I discovered that a store had the LZ 8.

Should I still stick with the a590? TIA.

PS: Sorry for going on & on about this, but it's all so confusing! Can perfectly understand if no one replies.
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Old May 19, 2010, 10:06 PM   #23
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Is it just me, or are the Panasonic LZ8 colours a bit over-saturated/brighter? Maybe there's some post processing at work, because I don't see it in all of the [sample] images. But in certain pics, the colours scream at you.

I haven't bought a camera yet, but will definitely be buying one today or tomorrow. The state of confusion I'm in right now will probably mean that I'll go with my gut feeling rather than anything else.

Thanks!
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Thanks a lot for your help, Sarah.

My gut feeling was that the a590 will be the 'safer' choice. In general, the LZ8 seemed to have buyers in two camps - those who either loved it or those who felt it was only average.

However, the store that had the a590 ran out by the time I'd decided on it. I tried hunting down the a590 at many other stores. But no luck!

So I've bought the LZ8. I didn't have the time to test it out, however, as my parents have taken it along for their trip. Here is one sample image though.



I will have to learn better photography in the days to come, of course, but I'm actually delighted by the amount of detail which can be captured with a digicam in Macro mode. [This is my very first digicam].

I do hope I fall into the category of people who love their LZ8s. Fingers crossed! But that is something I'll have to wait to find out.

In the meantime could you point me to any guide on how to best use a P&S. Most sources online seem to focus more on the SLRs. I was hoping there'd be a write-up out there that takes one through what is possible [& how so] with a P&S.

I'd also require advice as to which section of the forums I should now focus on to better understand photography, esp. digital.

Yet again, thanks for all you help. See ya around.
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Congratulations on your new Panasonic LZ-8! Its a good camera and I know you will enjoy it. You would progress the fastest if you took classes. Here in the USA, our Community College systems have many digital camera classes.

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Thanks Sarah. Glad to know you think I'll enjoy the LZ8.

Regarding classes, I'd like to learn off the internet or the like as I don't want to spend on photography classes at this point in time. It's [photography] not my 1st love, computer graphics is. I'm focused on the latter atm. So I'll find it difficult to find the resources & time for it.

But thanks for your suggestion & for all your help. Much appreciated.
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