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Old Dec 31, 2004, 5:55 PM   #21
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I returned my Panasonic FZ today becuase I could not get a sharp picture when the zoom was all the way out. I bought the Canon Powershot S1 and I have taken some beautiful shots at full zoom today. The image stabilizer works very well.

I gave up a little bit of zoom capabilty but gained the image stabilizer. I good trade off I think.
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Old Jan 1, 2005, 11:30 AM   #22
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I returned my Panasonic FZ today becuase I could not get a sharp picture when the zoom was all the way out. I bought the Canon Powershot S1 and I have taken some beautiful shots at full zoom today. The image stabilizer works very well.

I gave up a little bit of zoom capabilty but gained the image stabilizer. I good trade off I think.
I do not know why you encountered the problem you said.

The FZ series all have IS, so you did not gain anything switching to the Canon. In fact, with the exception of video, the Panasonic beats the Canon in most areas.
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Old Jan 1, 2005, 11:33 AM   #23
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If manual mode isn't important to you, the S1 is a great camera for uncropped photos up to 8x10. Video mode on S! while supposedly great is very grainy in low light & at best grade I get 2 & half minutes on 256 mb card. In regard to price getting a camera that satisfies you is very important. I bought a Minolta S414, which I highly recommend & often think about buying again. However, felt that I wanted more optical zoom. So I bought Canon S1 since I could use memory & batteries from Minolta. However, even with 10 optical zoom on S1 when cropping photos felt that the 3mb wasn't ample. Thought results of 4mb & 4 optical zoom Minolta when cropping photo was very comparable & perhaps superior. So bought FZ20 which though not a perfect camera is a very good camera that I can work with. While never have used FZ3, I bet you would like it. Watch the sales, try to get it at circuit city with extra battery. I have bought 3 batteries on ebay which cost less $20 with shipping, which seems high compared to AA. Paid $30 for battery & travel charger. However, the point I'm making is be happy with your first choice. I was very happy with Minolta & think that by adding a good telephoto lens would have remained happy. However, I always wanted FZ10 & price kept me from initially buying it. I would have saved a lot of money by buying it originally. Very satisfied with FZ20 & my sister has a nice Minolta & I have a S1 for a work camera. However could have bought a Nikon D70 for what I have invested. However, couldn't have got Nikon & a lens comparable to the Panasonic lens. Go to dcviews.com & check out the reviews on the Minolta S414.






















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Old Jan 1, 2005, 11:55 AM   #24
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I should have said that the Canon Powershor S1 image stabilizer actually worked compared to the Panasonic FZ. While the FZ has image stabilization it was impossible for me to get a sharp picture at full zoom. With the Canon Powershot S1 I can now get sharp pictures at full zoom. The Canon S1 is superior to the Panasonic FZ in my opinion.
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I should have said that the Canon Powershor S1 image stabilizer actually worked compared to the Panasonic FZ. While the FZ has image stabilization it was impossible for me to get a sharp picture at full zoom. With the Canon Powershot S1 I can now get sharp pictures at full zoom. The Canon S1 is superior to the Panasonic FZ in my opinion.
I'm going to go take a picture at full zoom. Be right back.
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That's a nice shot of...bushes/trees?? I compared the S1 and the FZ using shots of my son's basketball team playing in a gymnasium. I also compared shotsfrom both cameras of my kids riding their bikes outdoors in full sunlight. Not only were the S1 shots sharper indoors and out,but the gymnasium shots from the FZ were somewhat yellowish while the S1 gymnasium picture color was right on.

I am new to digital photography and have limited experience with film photography. But the Canon S1 gave me much better results than the Panasonic FZ. I would recommend the S1 over the FZ by a long shot. A great 3.2 mega pixel camera.

I also printed out some very good 8.5x11 and 8x10 phots from my HP 7310 printer. I was really surprised by how good the pictures looked from a 3.2 mega pixel camera.

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That's a nice shot of...bushes/trees?? I compared the S1 and the FZ using shots of my son's basketball team playing in a gymnasium. I also compared shots from both cameras of my kids riding their bikes outdoors in full sunlight. Not only were the S1 shots sharper indoors and out, but the gymnasium shots from the FZ were somewhat yellowish while the S1 gymnasium picture color was right on.

I am new to digital photography and have limited experience with film photography. But the Canon S1 gave me much better results than the Panasonic FZ. I would recommend the S1 over the FZ by a long shot. A great 3.2 mega pixel camera.

I also printed out some very good 8.5x11 and 8x10 phots from my HP 7310 printer. I was really surprised by how good the pictures looked from a 3.2 mega pixel camera.
I own the S1 IS for the record...

3 MP should be good enough for 8x10 prints and that's one of the reasons I went with a 3MP camera. I don't really see myself printing anything larger (can't afford the costs)...

Anyway, it's surprising to me that the S1 IS was doing well indoors. It wouldn't surprise me if S1 IS beat the FZ3 outdoors (the S1 IS is very good outdoors, and I'm guessing Canon lens is good outdoors). However I would have thought that FZ3 would be better in low-light.

One thing that may be at play is that the Panasonic has two image stabilization modes. The first one is on all the time while the second one only activates the instant the picture is taken (i.e. IS not active when viewing/composing on LCD). I don't know what the default is but perhaps mode 2 was on in your camera (but if that were the case, the pic should have been clear after taking it). I don't know what the deal was with your experience...

In any case, both the S1 IS and FZ3 are good ultra-zooms. You can't really go wrong with either IMO...
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Actually most recommend Mode 2 because it offers a greater degree of stabilization and does not interfere with shot composition (ie camera shake results directly in image viewing shake, and is more natural).
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