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Old Oct 7, 2010, 1:07 AM   #1
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I've been reading a lot on this forum and this is my first post. Thank you all for sharing such valuable experiences.

I'm thinking of trading up from the ZS3. It is a decent camera with excellent wide-tele capabilities but I'd prefer one with better clarity/detail and better performance in very bright/low light conditions.

I've heard great things about the FZ35 here. Apart from the zoom, would the FZ35 produce better pictures than the ZS3/TZ7? Price wise the FZ35 seems to be slightly more than the ZS3. If the saying "you get what you pay for" is true then it seems that there will not be much difference.
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Old Oct 7, 2010, 1:36 AM   #2
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At base ISO (good lighting), you are probably going to notice very little difference in the IQ between these cameras. The ZS3 (and even the ZS7 imho) are excellent P&S cameras. The FZ35 will do a bit better in low light due to the lens but keep in mind it still has the same size sensor.
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Old Oct 13, 2010, 7:54 PM   #3
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I still love my ZS7 after 6 months of use. I might buy a slave flash.

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Old Oct 13, 2010, 8:02 PM   #4
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your low light will not get any better with either camera is you are shooting out of flash range or without a flash. Like FiveO said, they all have the same size sensor. 800iso is the top end of their iso performance before noise becomes a large issue. A slave flash will give the zs3 or zs7 more flash coverage increasing the flash range. I really think it will be very hard press for you to see the difference with the zs3 and zs7 is daylight shots.
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Clearly the FZ-35 would be a measurable upgrade. It has a well powered built-in flash unit, which is a real weak point on the Zs3. In addition, you increase the optical zoom to 18X, and you gain a much more useful EVF, that saves you from attempting to frame your photo on the ZS3's glare-filled LCD screen.

The FZ-35 is a user friendly camera that offers better image quality, sharpness, and increased ISO capabilities. You would be well served moving up to a FZ-35 camera.

In addition you gain a real advantage right here in our Panasonic P+S folder where you will find a broad spectrum of FZ users who are kindly willing to share photo tips, experiences, sample photos, and are willing to help you one on one.

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I would agree with everything with the FZ but the increase ISO capabilities. As the FZ 35 and ZS3 shear the same size sensor. Not going to preform well pass 800iso with either.
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Your are very correct. Realistically, ISO 800 is the best you can expect from the FZ-35/38.

However you will get:
* a better/more powerful built-in flash
*an EVF on which can actually see the photo being framed
* a user friendly camera
* increased zoom 18X versus 12X optical zoom
*spot metering and spot focus
* an Intelligent Auto system that really works
* a great FZ-35/38 support group on this website.

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I would agree with everything with the FZ but the increase ISO capabilities. As the FZ 35 and ZS3 shear the same size sensor. Not going to preform well pass 800iso with either.
I do not disagrees, but if the OP is try not to shoot with flash at time, then there is not low light gain at all with the FZ. It is about the same.
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