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Old Nov 25, 2004, 2:42 AM   #11
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I didn't realize the FZ3 has continuous autofocus. Exactly what does that mean?
It means that thebatteriesdie very quickly.

It also means that the camera is continuously focussing automatically at whatever the focus point is aimed at. No need to half-press the shutter button to focus. Personally, I find this to be a royal pain. I can see where it might be useful to track a bird in flight, or something similar, but to use itas ageneral focus is maddening.

And, yes, it does mean that the life of your batteries will be cut short by a noticeable degree.
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Old Nov 25, 2004, 6:19 PM   #12
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Thanks, Andy.* Those cameras are a little bigger/heavier than I want.* Besides my Olympus I have an "altoids tin" Pentax Optio S.* I don't even know if I can force myself to carry my Olympus when I'm traveling.* But then, of course, I miss the 10X zoom.*
If you really want an ultra zoom that is fairly compact, the only ones would be the Panasonic FZ3 and Olympus C-770/765UZs. the Olys are a bit smaller, and can fit in a coat pocket nicely.

However, the Olys has no IS, no AF assist lamp and slower lens but is more compact and has a better movie mode (especially the C770UZ with MPEG4). You can have optical zoom in movie mode for the C770UZ with an external mic too.

There is no perfect camera out there yet, but I believe we are getting there. Now, if we can get Oly to put the IS on the C770UZ's replacement....

By the way, I own a Olympus C770UZ for its compact size and great pics, though with the loss of IS. Anyway, that just means I'll need to use the tripod a bit more.

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Old Nov 25, 2004, 6:39 PM   #13
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There is no perfect camera out there yet, but I believe we are getting there. Now, if we can get Oly to put the IS on the C770UZ's replacement....
Olympus HAS to put IS on their ultra-zooms or else they are going to get killed by their competitors...
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I didn't realize the FZ3 has continuous autofocus. Exactly what does that mean?
On the FZ3, you can enable or disble autofocus as you like. I personally leave mine off and depress the shutter button halfway down to focus. From then on, the lag time is very short. This way I also save a little on battery life, since the camera is not constantly "hunting" to keep the center spot in focus.
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I still need to know if the CAF is helpful when you are photographing little children. Almost every time I want a particular shot, by the time I focus and take the photo, they've moved. Will CAF help in this case?
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No, it won't likely help, because the kids will be moving in and out of focus rangefaster than the continuous focus can focus.
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Old Nov 26, 2004, 8:56 AM   #17
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Hey THON! I need your advice. (or anyone here who owns an Olympus c-770)

I plan on going on a trip in less than a week and I will receive my Olympus c-770 camera today in the mail. Since I know youown this camera, I have a couple of questions.

1- What batteries do you use that are best in terms of durability and lasting the longest? ( i need details- I don't care the price)

2- What camera lens do you recommend that gives the best in image quality? My brother recommended a UV lensbut there are so manyso I need your opinion.(details)

3- Also, I plan on going to a concert in a couple of days. People always talk about the IS and how they should of done something with it to get better image quality, and I will admit, I know nothing about cameras (for now). Can you help me out with this? If it is a low lit concert what should I change my IS to? Any tips would be great for this!

Your advice would be greatly appreciated! =)
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