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Old May 10, 2010, 8:59 PM   #1
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Default Fz35 or SP-800 or HX-1 or HX5v?? I'm confused

I'm looking for a nice high zoom camera that have good functions and video capability. I chose the Fz35 or SP-800 or HX-1 or HX5v!

For the Panasonic FZ35, I realized that many people on this forum likes it, and I heard a lot of good comments about it. It's down part is that it's going to be updated soon.

Olympus SP-800 has a bigger zoom 30x, which is good. But it doesn't have a view finder, and the operation functions looks kind of odd. I didn't hear much about it, any one has any idea about it?

The Sony ones are both good. The HX-1 is bigger, but has okay zoom and a lot of nice functions with CCMD sensor compared with other brands. I like it because I currently own a H-50, and it has been nice. But I heard its picture quality is not as good.

The last one I'm interested in is the Sony HX5V. It is more compact, and has the same fuctions as HX-1, if not more. I would like the portability of it after a H-50. And the GPS is nice, too. But still can't forget about the 18x 20x 30x zooms the other ones offers.

The prices are interesting, too. It is another part I concern about. The H-50 can go about 350, so is the HX5V. But the FZ35 ca be around 325. The SP-800 is cheaper, around 290. So I'm frustrated and confused about all these great cameras. It would be great if someone can help me out with this!
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Just something to think about: ALL cameras get updated or dropped from a given line sooner or later. I sure wouldn't have that as part of my search criteria.
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Just something to think about: ALL cameras get updated or dropped from a given line sooner or later. I sure wouldn't have that as part of my search criteria.
Ha! That's a good idea. But the down part of FZ35 can be it's CCD censored, and doesn't have fancy functions like panorama......
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Ha! That's a good idea. But the down part of FZ35 can be it's CCD censored, and doesn't have fancy functions like panorama......
Have you considered the Fujifilm HS-10?
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Have you considered the Fujifilm HS-10?
Yeah, but it's kind over my budget. Unless it's absolutely fantastic, I don't think I will go for that. But, tell me about it! How great is it?
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Yeah, but it's kind over my budget. Unless it's absolutely fantastic, I don't think I will go for that. But, tell me about it! How great is it?
It's the best bridge camera I've ever owned (and I've owned a LOT). It has all the features you could possibly desire and excellent IQ (if you use it properly - as with any camera). Check it out at http://www.fujifilm.com/products/dig.../finepix_hs10/

Billy says Steve's is about to run a review on it.
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I have a Casio FH20. It was criticized for so-so image quality overall and noisy images at ISO's over 200. However, I really like it because it is very good at taking decent pictures in super fast burst mode, up to 40 per second at 7 megapixel resolution. I use it at soccer games and baseball games and look forward to using it at some track meets. I had the FZ28, the predecessor to the FZ35. I liked it because it took pretty good pictures in a variety of settings and was easy to use. If I wanted a panorama, I took a number of shots and stitched them together with software. You might think about what features are most important for you and then reexamine your choices.
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Which one did you like handling the best. That is a very important item. Also camera get update pretty quickly. But that does not mean it is any less of a good camera.

If the FZ 35 fits right, and you like the photos it take, not wrong with getting it. Also you will get a discount on the price. So get the camera when you need it, there always will be something better just couple of month down the road.
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As Shoturtle mention handling each camera is very important. How a camera feels in hand is very important. How you hands span the controls is important as well.

I own the Sony H-50, HX5, HX-1, the Panasonic FZ-28 and FZ-35. Like Gary I like super zoom also. However, the camera I use the most is the FZ-35. Using an HX5 outdoors with only a rather reflective LCD to frame your photo is not fun. The H-50 I got first and then found the FZ-28 and FZ35 which have much better color and high ISO capabilities than the H-50.

Yes, the jazzy features on the HX-1 and the HX5 are nice but the color is not rich and it looks rather faded.The Olympus S-8000 has received very mixed user reviews, and while it is a 30X optical zoom camera, it cannot hold a candle to the high quality Fuji HS-10.

So my top choice is the FZ-35 for its great image quality, high ISO capabilities and ease of use. Weighing only 14 ounces, it is quick and fast. We have a very active FZ-35 group in our Panasonic P+S folder, where you will find lots of photo sample and photo tips.

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As Shoturtle mention handling each camera is very important. How a camera feels in hand is very important. How you hands span the controls is important as well.

I own the Sony H-50, HX5, HX-1, the Panasonic FZ-28 and FZ-35. Like Gary I like super zoom also. However, the camera I use the most is the FZ-35. Using an HX5 outdoors with only a rather reflective LCD to frame your photo is not fun. The H-50 I got first and then found the FZ-28 and FZ35 which have much better color and high ISO capabilities than the H-50.

Yes, the jazzy features on the HX-1 and the HX5 are nice but the color is not rich and it looks rather faded.The Olympus S-8000 has received very mixed user reviews, and while it is a 30X optical zoom camera, it cannot hold a candle to the high quality Fuji HS-10.

So my top choice is the FZ-35 for its great image quality, high ISO capabilities and ease of use. Weighing only 14 ounces, it is quick and fast. We have a very active FZ-35 group in our Panasonic P+S folder, where you will find lots of photo sample and photo tips.

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Thanks for the reply! so the fz-35 seems to be the best choice for picture quality? What do you think about the user friendly part of these? which one is the best of all? I like the sony control, but sometimes the waiting time drives me crazy! Is the fz-35 easier to control? Does it have more functions than the H-50? Hx-1, hx-5?
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