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Old Jun 16, 2010, 3:18 AM   #11
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I looked at getting a powerzoom and it came down to the FZ38. Great reviews etc etc. I didn't get one only because i have shifted the goal posts to DSLR. Otherwise it would have been my choice.
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Old Jun 16, 2010, 4:43 AM   #12
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yeah i'm pretty much decided on the FZ38 if i like my hands on experience with it at the store...the only issue on my mind is the rumour that a new "replacement" model is comming out soon

(how much more expensive is the release price going to be in theory?)
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Old Jun 16, 2010, 9:42 AM   #13
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Super zoom cameras are a favorite of mine. The Panasonic FZ-35/38 is the king of the hill, and you will not be disappointed in the least. Good Luck!

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Old Jun 16, 2010, 12:46 PM   #14
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Agreed, FZ38 is the best of the superzooms by a big margin. I borrowed my mates for a couple of days and it is superb! If i wasn't looking for a DSLR i would have bought one.
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Old Jun 16, 2010, 4:37 PM   #15
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So i played with the FZ38 at a store today

I liked it the feel of the machine...the joystick wasn't as bad as i feared...menus are ok. will take a bit getting used too..
A little conscious about it's size at first, but it's quite light..seems manageble...will have to carry it in a little bag though...i think i'll order it soon

also saw the canon...really like that moveable screen...shame about the batteries and the rest..
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Old Jun 17, 2010, 2:37 AM   #16
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hey again...the online store i'm getting it from offers warranty extension.
3 years for 39€ (+ one year over regular warranty)
5 years for 59€ (+3 years over regular warranty)

I've never been one for this sort of thing but how worth it do you think this is?..is the camera very reliable so i'm unlikely to ever need this?

It covers faulty parts, repair work time and costs of shipping to repair and back. if unrepairable they'll replace for a same/similiar product or in credit.

They also offer a pack with a compatible extra battery...is it worth it? or is the regular one more than enough?

Also what's the best SD card type for this machine? 8GB will do or should i go for 16?

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Old Jun 17, 2010, 2:59 AM   #17
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Might be a good idea. Depends how long you plan on keeping the camera?
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I never bother with extra warranty and the FZ38 (I got mine yesterday) seems solidly built and has had good reliability reports. I did however get a couple of things to protect it further (ordered from amazon)

3.59 - FX-ANTIREFLEX antireflective screen protector
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I got a Sandisk 16G SDHC card but think it's probably overkill - it will hold about 2500 photos but a fully charged battery is only expected to last for about 500. Might be useful on holiday though when I can't upload them for a while.

I also got a second battery - 8.49 from ABCProducts again through Amazon.
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Jessops warranty system is good as it covers against accidents too!
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Old Jun 17, 2010, 5:48 AM   #20
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thats quite cheap for a battery...same store where i'm buying that's selling the cam with nearlly 100€ discount of regular selling price here..sells compatible battery for around 80€ i think i won't buy it then.

16Gb will hold you 2500 pics on max settings? or what are you using?.
if it's at max then the 8gb should do me nicely at around 1250 pics per card, if it's sub max then maybe i need the 16gb.

Also cards all advertise different speeds nowadays...is there any minimum card write speed this needs?
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