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Old Sep 2, 2012, 3:51 PM   #11
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An entry level DSLR will still be quick across the board.
Quick AF,shot to shot,start up times etc- though of course,the standard kit zoom lens is limited with regards range- fine if you don't need zoom.
The FZ-150 is also quick in terms of AF speeds and shot to shot times(quicker still with image review off). The only area the FZ-150 IS slow is start up time- which takes about 4 seconds from switching on to taking a shot in iA mode- a DSLR is much quicker in this area.
The Canon SX40 might also feel a bit slow "shot to shot" initially,but switch the image review off and it improves things dramatically- pretty much as good as the FZ-150- and the AF isn't THAT much slower.
Where the FZ scores over the Canon- is it's burst mode- offering 12 frames in a burst for a second only- or 5.5 frames per second WITH autofocus for about 3-4 seconds, depending on card used.
The Canon, however, does offer slightly better IQ than the Panny' in my opinion...
All 3 of the above can be as easy as you like- all offering a basic "auto" everything mode...
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Old Sep 5, 2012, 3:36 PM   #12
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Great. We've pretty much decided on the Sony A37. If, at the last moment, my cheapskate side takes over, it will be the FZ150. The FZ is $100 cheaper and has big zoom. But I think the A37 will be better suited to everything we're looking for. Apparently we have a couple of days to decide, before the price of the A37 goes back up to $600.

Any final thoughts between the two? Or should I click the buy button and stop worrying...
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Old Sep 5, 2012, 6:33 PM   #13
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The A37 is an excellent DSLR- with great specifications for,dare I say, an entry level model.
If I was looking for a new "entry level" ( I don't like saying that as it has such a great spec'...) model, I would find it hard to look elsewhere.... and I say that as a Canon disciple...!!
The FZ-150 is a great "all rounder"- I have one- and obviously the zoom is very handy.

I guess it's a straight fight between IQ/Speed/Spec' of the A37.... or the zoom range/instant versatility of the Panny'....
Only you can decide....
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Old Sep 6, 2012, 12:57 PM   #14
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I bit the bullet and bought the Sony A37, spare class 10 sd card, and a uv filter to help protect the lens. B&H threw in a free spare battery to boot.

Ultimately decided on this for a bit more speed and better indoor/low light situations.

Now, to work some overtime to help recoup...

Thanks for all the input!
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