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Old Oct 9, 2010, 5:05 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

First of all I want to thank to Sarah Joyce, who always really helped me a lot.

So, Nikon D3100 is 50 euros expensive then the Panasonic FZ100.

Nikon comes with 18-55 AF-S DX VR
Panasonic comes with free bag + 8GB Class 4 memory card.

What is your opinion?

I don't have any specific need for using the camera.
I have 4 months old son, I want to take his pictures and record his videos. (such as first walk, saying dad for first time and etc. you know what I mean :>)
I will take photos when I will go for travel with friends.
Take some photos and "record videos" of concerts I've been.
Do some macro shooting of flowers, birds, my dogs and my cats.

What I really want is vivid/real/live colors in sharp photos.
Really nice image and video quality.

I like the HDR photography but as I've read, Nikon D3100 does not have Auto Bracketing. So is it impossible HDR with D3100?

I like the manual focus option in videos, like the front object clear the back one blurred; then by manual focusing blurring the front one while clearing the back one. Is this possible in both cameras?

Simply, consider that the price is the same.

Should I go for DSLR or Super zoom.
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Old Oct 9, 2010, 6:39 PM   #2
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Taking the long term viewpoint, the Nikon D-3100, as a DSLR camera, offers the greatest amount of photographic flexibility, or the ability to handle more photographic challenges, while deleting the ability to provide a long zoom, unless it is later equipped with a longer zoom type lens.

You could recover the ability for some long zoom by later adding an additional lens with more zoom, at an added cost, but you could never quite equal the long zoom capability of the Panasonic FZ-100, at a reasonable cost.

Looking at the balance of your requirements, the amount and the intensity of the light may be the defining issue. The D-3100 has a much greater ability to handle the low light shooting environments of child photography, concerts, travel. and nature photography. However, the range at which it can accomplish that photography will be reduced somewhat by the lack of very long zoom.

So the two defining issues in really comparing these two cameras will be the elements of zoom and the ability to take photos in lower light shooting conditions. The FZ-100 will have the ability to provide more zoom, but will lack the needed high ISO capability posed by more dimly lighted photo environments. On the other hand, the D-3100 will have a much increased ability to handle the high ISO settings needed in dimly lighted photo environments, but it will not provide the long zoom ability of the FZ-100. Therefore, as you can easily see, each of these two camera has its own advantage and its own downside.

You will have to decide for yourself which camera best addresses your photo shooting requirements.

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What about the image/video quality in good light conditions?
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If you are shooting in daylight outdoors, the fz100 will do a good job, but as the light level drop toward early evening or as if you move indoors with normal lighting, you rapidly move out of the FZ100's good operational range. You do not want to shoot above 800iso, if you do with the smaller 1/2.23 sensor. The image quality degrades very rapidly.
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So in daylight outdoors; both the cameras have the same image quality?

And my main question, d3100 and hdr photography; is it possible hdr with d3100 since it has no auto bracketing?
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Sure do it manually. That is no problem at all. However, please remember that for the best HDR results, it is wise to use a tripod.

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I can only "echo" the above comments. I found that the FZ100 doesn't do too well in low light. At ISO 400 I found quite a bit of noise. Again each camera has it's advantage. If you are going to be in low light situations the D3100 may be right for you. But if you want that big zoom without buying another lens, the FZ100 may do for you.

Only you can decide which to buy.

If you can purchase from Amazon - order one and try it out. They make returns simple and easy. That way you can have hands on comparison.
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Clint501,

Amazon does not ship to Czech republic or Macedonia.

So I am unable to order it from Amazon.

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Dear Sarah,

Thanks for your valuable comments.

All my questions are answered except the quality in normal/daylight conditions.

Does the FZ100 has comparable image quality in daylight outdoor conditions with D3100?
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I didn't know you weren't in the US.
That makes it tough to do a hands on comparison.
I found this on the D3100
http://d3100.net/

You may have seen it. Wish I knew more info on it compared to FZ100.
SetterDog and LTZ470 have the FZ100 and they might be able add a bit more info on that camera. I really liked the articulating LCD, the videos were excellent, burst shooting was good and the zoom is great. Again is was weak in low light situations for my purposes.

Good luck with your quest. Whichever you choose I hope you have fun with it.
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