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Old Sep 22, 2004, 8:10 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I am looking to buy my first digital camera for a six month overseas trip. I am going on a safari in Africa so would like a camera which is portable (small), robust, has a good zoom (so i can take some shots of the critters), and has a decent battery life.

I have being reading the various relted topics on the forum and have narrrowed it down to these four.

From everything i have read i am thinking that the C770 would be the best choice if it had Iimage stabilisation. The Z3 seems to have come in for some bad feedback.

How important is this for a novice photograhper capturing holidy shots.

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Old Sep 23, 2004, 12:11 AM   #2
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Check out the specks on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20. It has the best lense out there, and can maintain f2.8 through the full range of the zoom (12x optical, 4x digital). And it has image stabelization.

Here is a shot I took of the moon.


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Old Sep 23, 2004, 6:09 PM   #3
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Muzza, given your four choices, I would go with the FZ20.

You have 12 x zoom and even the digital zoom AFTER 12x is not bad.

If you can, wait a few months just in case there is a firmware (software update to camera) update after the camera is released.

Good luck

The only thing I dont like is that the Panasonics have SD memory.

I would have preferred Compact Flash.

However, Panasonic Bob (an employee of Panasonic) says that a change to Compact Flash will not not happen.

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Old Sep 23, 2004, 7:20 PM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback.

just compared prices got a bit of a nasty shock:

The FZ20 retails in New Zealand for NZ$1,100, Z3 $729, Can S1 $750, OYP 770 $729.

Is the FZ20 32% better than the other models?

How important is the image stabilisation?
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