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Old Jul 25, 2004, 5:17 PM   #1
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A great dilemma... The new Z3 based in Z2 butwith many improvements (anti-shake system mainly)or the newFZ15 (because of the Leica lens)? And what about the Olympus Super Zoom models? We should wait the reviews about Z3 of course but I think they are going to be satisfying and they won't help me solve the dilemma...

Any opinions? I intend to buy a camera in1 or 2 months from now so I'll have the time to read the reviews and of course your usefull opinions.

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Old Jul 27, 2004, 8:21 PM   #2
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The Z3 has the same lense as the Z15, which is the same as the Z1, 2, 10, 20.

The Z3 is smaller than the others, and I believe has none of the manual features. It also doesn't have a hot shoe. The FZ15 also does not have a hot shoe.

The Z3 may have some noise issues, if I remember correctly.
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Old Jul 28, 2004, 10:25 AM   #3
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tacticalnuke wrote:
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The Z3 has the same lense as the Z15, which is the same as the Z1, 2, 10, 20.

The Z3 is smaller than the others, and I believe has none of the manual features. It also doesn't have a hot shoe. The FZ15 also does not have a hot shoe.

The Z3 may have some noise issues, if I remember correctly.
Note the thread subject title "Minolta Z3 or Pansonic DMC-FZ15 or Olympus 7- series?"

The Z3 is a Konica-Minolta product, not to be confused with the Panasonic DMC-FZ3.




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Old Jul 28, 2004, 11:35 AM   #4
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I too am looking to buy a camera with a substantial optical zoom (8x+) within a few months and have considered the models that you are looking at.For the last few weeks I have beencompiling a list of the cameras thathave the features I desireand trying to make a significant distinction between some of them can be pretty difficult :?. Having said that here are a few things that I have notedabout the cameras you listed:

The Panasonic and the Minolta have IS while the Olympus does not. This may not be a significant feature if you plan to use a tripod or monopod for many of your long zoom shots but I intend to shoot primarily handheld shots so I downgraded the Olympus C-7xx line because of this.

One significant advantage that the Olympus has over the Panasonic and Minolta is the availability of a underwater/weatherproof casing (although it doesn't come cheap at $300+). If you intend to take your camera to the lake for some fishing or boating this is a must as nearly everyone I know who spends considerable time on the water has lost at least one camera to drowning.

Conclusion:

I don't know your experience with film and digital photography so I will tell youthat my opinion is based onmy experience as primarily a point and shootuser lookingtoexperiment with theflexibility offered bymanual control. As such I have concluded that the current crop of ultrazooms will probably each meet my needs to varying degrees and have isolated a few features that are important to me about the cameras you mentioned. Personally, I would choose the Panasonic over the Minolta (because I don't like the styling and ergos) and the Olympus (because it doesn't have IS).

Some other models I am considering:

Kodak DX6490 - older and with fewer featuresbut cheaper

Nikon CP5700/8700 - shorter zoom and no IS but it's a Nikon

Basically anything else on Steve's "Best" list.

Good luck!
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