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Old May 20, 2010, 8:58 AM   #1
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Hi everyone, l've been reading a lot of posts on new camera's and the best ones to buy, and l have to say l'm more confused than ever.

We have a baby on the way and so decided to buy a new camera for his arrival.

Friends have recommended going for a SLR but it's out of my price range and l'm really a point and shoot guy when it comes to camera's and photo's in general.

I thought l had narrowed it down to the Panasonic ZS7 (price difference between the ZS3 and ZS7 is only $10 at the moment).

I've also read about the FZ-35, all seem to have good reviews. (and is only $10 more than the ZS7)

I like the smaller camera's for their portability, but at the same time l'd like a good picture and great video.

The video also has to be easy to edit, which the new panasonic/sony format doesn't seem to be at the moment (from what l've read).

I will be using the camera indoors and outdoors for both pictures and video.

My previous camera's have been Canon's, l really don't like the flash on the new Canon camera's.

Budget $300 - $350

I appreciate any advice that you can give me.

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Old May 20, 2010, 9:05 AM   #2
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Bot the zs7 ad FZ35 are great cameras, the FZ gives you more manual control which is nice if you are interested into getting deeper in photography. It also gives you very good reach with the 18x zoom. It is a little older camera, but still excellent.

The ZS7 has some control, and offer a smaller pocket size package.

So if you want more manual controls. The and good reach, the FZ is a good choice. It you want a pocket camera the ZS7 is a very good camera.

Indoor hand held in low light none of the megazoom or point and shoots will be great at.
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Thanks Sho,

Are there any differences image/video wise apart from more manual controls.

I usually just set the settings to auto and point and shoot, so maybe these camera's are overkill for what l need.

I don't need the gps feature of the 7 either, but for $10 difference between the 3 and 7, l don't mind paying a little bit extra for a newer model.

If you have any other recommendations l'd be pleased to hear them.

The ZS7 would be easier portability wise for us, especially when we travel to Europe - no extra bag to pack, we can just slide the camera into my wife's purse.
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Not really, besides the big zoom. They are very very similar when you compare the same zoom range. Some say the more MP they put in the ZS7 degraded it's quality vs the less MP of the zs3. But form what has been posted here on steve's, I really can not tell if that is correct.
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After doing a bit of reading, it seems like the ZS3 would be better, why is it only $10 less than a ZS7 though, that's nuts.
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They discontinue it, so there is no supplies left. It was selling for around 220 just 2 months ago. But they are running out of stock. You will have a hard time finding a deal on the zs3 anymore.
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I was all set to buy the ZS3 from B&H, but the 30 day warranty period put me off.

After speaking with the wife, she doesn't mind a larger camera.

So l'm now looking at the FZ38 or the Canon SX20

Help, this is giving me brain freeze.

There's so many reviews, l really am getting lost.
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I ended up buying the FZ35, l'll keep you posted
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It is a great camera, congrats
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