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Old Aug 28, 2010, 5:34 PM   #1
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Default Upgrade to dlsr from FZ38 or not?

Hi, I'm looking for some help! I have a FZ38 (or 35 depending where you are) and love it to bits. But, I was wondering if a dslr would add a little more detail, or better quality etc. I saw some reasonable prices for the Sony A200 (around 250 with the kit lens) but I do wonder if I am wasting money on an upgrade 'cos I'm being seduced by bells and whistles and should save my money! It's mainly landscape, architecture and family pictures I use it for....so any guidance much appreciated, thanks!
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Old Aug 28, 2010, 8:35 PM   #2
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The difference between a Sony A-200 and the FZ-38 will be noticeable, but not huge. You will gain in other ways like the external flash capability, but you will loose that long zoom capability, that will be rather expensive to replace.

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Old Aug 28, 2010, 10:27 PM   #3
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What is it about your FZ38 that you're not happy with?

I will mention that, while the Sony A200 is very nce, the 18-70 kit lens it comes with isn't, so you may actually see a decrease in image quality unless you're willing to spend more on lenses.
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with going to a dslr, you will need to realized you are going to have more dof issues with the much larger sensor vs the 1/2.23 in the FZ.

But match with a good lens, you will have much better image quality.
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Upgrading to a Sony DSLR has certain advantage, i.e., to have the option to use old Minolta A-mount lens which you can buy them used at Ebay at pretty reasonable price. I recently bought a refurbished A200 from Sony's website for $285 USD (including tax). I kind of like the camera for its easiness to use. The standard kit zoom lens 18-70mm F/3.5-5.6 is inferior to the newer 18-55mm which comes with the newer model Sony camera. If you want to get this lens, you have to think about buying an A230 or higher model. The price difference between the A200 and A230 is not much, you may want to consider that. The price on the older models are dropping fast because the new Sony models are coming out in about a month. I have noticed a pretty drop of price in the recent weeks here in the States. For myself, the A200 is good enough since this is my second DSLR. I also own a Canon Xsi system.
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scot 628. this is the same question which i was about to ask in this forum ..because i am also getting sony a200 with kit lens in same price of Panasonic fz38..But kit len 18-70 mm is not good .What should i purchase .. how far is the picture quality with a200 compare to Fz35..My main photography is indoor ,portraits and child .i am getting canon 1000d new one in same price of fz35 ... Difficult to choose in 3 cameras
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The A200 has been discontinued and is very difficult to find. Your best bet will be the A230 if you desire to have a DSLR. It costs about $385 with the 18-55mm kit lens. The 2 lens outfit with the 55-200mm is around $550. However, neither the A200 nor A230 will do video movie. The Panasonic FZ-35 will do HD movie at 1280X720 and costs $300. This is probably one of the best point and shoot super zoom camera you can get. Another good one is the Canon SX20IS($350) which has a swing-out LCD viewer panel and has a hot shoe so you can attach an external flash to it. The FZ35 doesn't have a hot shoe. Low end DSLR like the A200 and 230 don't have live-view so you have to look through the eye level viewer like a 35mm SLR. The Canon 1000D is around $390 with kit lens (18-55mm) is toss-up with the A230. The Sony DSLR can use old Minolta Maxxum A-mount lens and is something you should thing about.
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Many thanks to all of you for the information, really useful. My reason for moving to an dslr was that I thought image quality would be improved, and I'd magically get better pictures but now I can see that it isn't quite as simple as that..lens selection..model selection etc! More thinking time needed
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Scot add the Macro Lens Panasonic LC-55 onto your FZ38 and/or the 1.7X Teleconverters like a TCON-17 Olympus for additional fun out of your FZ38 (You'll require the DMW-LA3 Adapter)...I just returned a E620 and a FZ100 and let a HS10 go all because they cannot surpass the quality and performance of the FZ35...can't wait to try the FZ45/40 though...
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...I just returned a E620 and a FZ100 and let a HS10 go all because they cannot surpass the quality and performance of the FZ35...can't wait to try the FZ45/40 though...
Looking at the specs of the two cameras (FZ45 and FZ100), I see that the only difference between the two that deals (or affects) IQ is the type of sensor. The FZ45 uses CCD whilst the FZ100 uses CMOS. So far I've seen much better images coming from the FZ45 than the FZ100 and more and more I read people admitting that they are somewhat disappointed with the FZ100, particularly those upgrading their FZ35.

The interesting thing is, so far most P&S cameras utilizing CMOS sensors offer inferior IQ than their counterpart CCD models (where applicable). So, what gives? How come such a proven technology (CMOS-type sensor) works wonders on DSLR cameras but not so on P&S ones?
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