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Old Jun 14, 2013, 3:50 PM   #1
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I am considering upgrading from my Panasonic FZ35 to either a Nikon D3200 or a Panasonic G5.

The Nikon has includes two lenses a 18 - 55mm and 55-200. a Wi-Fi mobile adapter, case and 16GB card for 729.99.

The Panasonic includes two lenses. A 14-42mm and 45-150 lens, 16gb card and case for 589.99.

Just wondering what the better choice would be. I have never owned a camera with interchangeable lenses before.

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What do you want to shoot?
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How did you come to narrow your choices down to just those two?
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I want to do general photography and some astrophotography. I narrowed down to these two because of pricing.
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For what you want to do, the Nikon is about a stop better for both noise and dynamic range. Plus it's 24MP vs. 16 for the Panasonic.
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For what you want to do, the Nikon is about a stop better for both noise and dynamic range. Plus it's 24MP vs. 16 for the Panasonic.
Thanks I will take a closer look at the Nikon.
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With their supplied lenses,the G5 will focus faster- not a huge deal breaker unless you shoot fidgety subjects often....
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Thanks for the responses. Hopefully I can get up to Costco this weekend and look at both cameras again and make a decision. I know the G5 has been replaced by the G6 so the G5 probably will not be around too much longer at this price.
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After doing some more research I have to agree with TCav. The Nikon would be a better choice, especially for astrophotography. I would be able to buy a t ring adapter and a Nikon specific t ring and be able to mount the camera body directly to my scope.

There is not a t ring available for the Panasonic.
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There is not a t ring available for the Panasonic.
There are T-Mount adapters for the Panasonic. You might be looking for a brand specific adapter instead of micro4/3, which is why you're coming up empty handed.

But, yes, the lower noise and higher resolution of the Nikon D3200 will work better for astrophotography.
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