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Old Aug 30, 2010, 6:04 PM   #1
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Default Which for $160: GE E1486 or Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3?

Your thoughts on which to buy for roughly the same cost? Both reviewed pretty well here.

Important to me: zoom (28-200+), face detection and image stabilization, good images, HD video, zooming while taking video, cost. Shooting families and some sports action.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3: 14mp, 25-200mm, 8x Optical Zoom & 2.7" LCD

GE E1486 is newer and touch screen: 14mp, 28-224mm, 8x Optical Zoom & 3" touch-screen LCD

Also, do I need a 2gb, 8gb, or 16gb SD card with either model? Your comments are appreciated.
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Welcome to the Forum. We're pleased that you dropped by.

Unfortunately, the GE digital cameras have received uniformly poor user and professional reviews. The Panasonic ZR-3 does well outdoors, but indoors it only gets fair to poor image quality.

You would get much better performance fron the Canon A-3100 or the Kodak Z-950. The Z-950 has 12mp, 10X optical zoom, full manual and auto controls, and does HD video which allows zooming while filming.

The Z-950 got a top review in DPR's Travel Zoom Competion.

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Get the Panasonic ZR3, the panasonic compact lineup are always good performers. I have the previous model in the lineup, the ZR1 and enjoy it very much. Good lens on the panasonics.

GE's are not well respected and don't have good reviews at all.
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Show us some indoor flash photos at a minimum of 10 feet without the use of a Slave Flash. That is the real test.

Here is my Panasonic ZR photo from 12 feet, but I used a Slave Flash.
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Old Aug 30, 2010, 10:03 PM   #5
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There is a pro and con with strong flashed, since they are direct flashes on point and shoots. A strong flash can cause allot more flash wash. And to some it is not desirable. Personally I rather be a little underexpose with a flash then over. I can correct that problem much more easily.
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I just need to see a sample flash photo from any Zr series at a camera to subject distance of 10 feet or greater, using the camera's built in flash please, that is all??

Photos tell the truth.

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That is easy enough for me to do actually. I can go get zr sample and zs samples also. But that does not answer the op's question. As there is no mention of a low light need. And if there is, you need to break it up between flash and no flash in low light. I just like to stay on topic. And wait for the op to provided more feed back.
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a measured 10 feet in a very dark apartment.

forgive the headcut, trying to do this by myself and trying to get a proper exposure involved some playing around.

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Hards,

The flash wash is not that bad.
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Dustin-

Using ISO 500 surely brings in a lot of noise. I think most folks want to avoid that visible noise.

That is why a Slave Flash is needed to keep the ISO reduced to a workable level.

I still want to see Shoturtle's photos sample

Here is what the Z-915 looks like. That is quite a difference!

Please just click on the link below, thanks.

http://anchorse.smugmug.com/Other/Ko...5_rLRb6-X3.jpg

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