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Old Jun 6, 2010, 3:45 PM   #1
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Default So what's the verdict (ZS3 vs. ZS7/ZS6)

Now that some of the dust has settled and people have had the chance to actually try the ZS7/ZS6, is it a step up from the ZS3 or is the ZS3 image quality really better as some of the reviews suggest?
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Old Jun 6, 2010, 4:15 PM   #2
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I am under the impression that the majority of frequent users would vote in favor of the ZS6/ZS7. The ZS3 is slowly loosing ground. And the price of the ZS7 is down to $303 to $306 now.

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It's really all how you look at it I think. The ZS3 has proven itself to be slightly better in terms of IQ when pixel peeping but at typical print sizes for these cams (i.e. 5x7) I'd challenge anyone to find the differences. The ZS7 has made improvements in terms of processing and manual control, including picture adjustment so properly tweaked (take the cams out of iAuto), perhaps the ZS7 would pull out a little ahead. To me it doesn't make a difference as the features that I have gained are more than worth a marginal drop in IQ (if one exists).

Here's a few new shots from today.





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I wholeheartedly agree with 5-O...the ZS7 has every bit of the IQ that the ZS3 has and also has the Power OIS advantage over the ZS3's Mega OIS which for these old shaky hands is a big plus...
I have owned both of them and they are both very capable, but for me the ZS7 is the overall winner hands down as it exceeds the ZS3's limitations by far, with the ZS7's manual adjustments and improved stabilization....
These are cropped and were shot handheld with the ZS7 zoomed...would have been excellent shots if I had the ZS7 on a Monopod because I shake too much...focal length was 469mm(35mm equivalent)




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Nice shots, especially considering they are zoomed and cropped.
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Thanks 5-O I thought the ZS7 handled them well for a small P&S...to me it is very impressive....the shots you posted above are very nice and impressive also...very beautiful shots for such a small P&S camera....

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Yes, all of the shots are very nice indeed 5-0 and LTZ. Thanks for the replies.

I recently picked up a ZR1 at Costco. Nice camera. I'm still playing with it, but have been considering swapping it for the ZS6 after it goes on sale as it will then be only a $60 difference from what the ZR1 cost. The added features (especially the nicer LCD screen) seem well worth the small price difference. Unfortunately, the features come at the expense of a somewhat larger package. My Canon S90 is really my take everywhere camera, but sometimes I want that extra zoom ability and prefer not to take the FZ35.
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New member here. Canon shooter also who just picked up a ZR1 at Costco also. (I tried and returned a Canon 780). After a week, so far so good. Some great shots and some duds. I figure the camera is good and usually blame the duds on the photographer (me). I considered the ZS7 but didn't want to spend more than double the amount.
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The ZR1 is a very solid and capable camera. You make a good choice and saved some money. Good for you.

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