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Old Feb 10, 2005, 2:17 AM   #1
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I am thrilled to know that Panasonic brought small size and higher version of FZ-3

Please if any one has bought it, let me know about them
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Old Feb 10, 2005, 2:48 AM   #2
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i haven't tried those cameras, but I noticed the lens aperture is F/2.8 at wide angle to f/3.3 at telephoto. The other panasonic long zooms are all F/2.8 throughout the zoom range.
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Old Feb 10, 2005, 11:17 AM   #3
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i haven't tried those cameras, but I noticed the lens aperture is F/2.8 at wide angle to f/3.3 at telephoto. The other panasonic long zooms are all F/2.8 throughout the zoom range.
I think they all can keep the aperature at F2.8; I think the specs show 3.3 but that's misleading... I could be wrong but the FZ3 and FZ20 were listed similarly, even though they all had F2.8 throughout...
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Thanks,for your reply, I am not that much experienced. But I am looking for this FZ5

only because it has almost similar specifications but have compact size, weight only 290 grams.

so shall I go ahead?
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Old Feb 11, 2005, 6:41 AM   #5
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I am interested in anyone's thoughts about th Panasonic FZ-5 and the Konica-Minolta Z5

I currently have the K-M Z3 and am generally pleased with it (other than a long recharge time for the flash and mild difficulty focusing in low-light situations).

I am considering trading up to the Z5 primarily because of the larger (2") LCD...but figured I should also take a look at the Panasonic FZ-5 given the nearly identical specs.

Any thoughts?
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Old Feb 11, 2005, 1:44 PM   #6
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Going from Z3 to Z5 or FZ5 is not likely to be much of a difference.

I haven't read any reviews of he new models yet but I would pick the Panasonic over KM (unless you want movie) because the Panasonic has brigter lens (f2.8)...
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i agree... the panasonics have superior optics... and i generally prefer their asthetics and layout as well..
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Old Feb 11, 2005, 3:52 PM   #8
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That seems to be the consensus... The only thing that bugs me about the Panasonic is that it feels so plastic. The K-M just feels more sturdy to me.

Since trading in a Z3 for a Z5 only gets me a bigger LCD (and one more MP), I might end up going with the FZ5, since it would qualify as a "new gadget", which I spend most of my waking hours thinking about getting new gadgets...

BTW, does anyone know when the FZ5 will be available for purchase?
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the fz5 by panasonic should be available in april...

if you are in a big hurry, take a look at panasonics fz-15 and fz-20.. they are a little more money but sport a Leica 12x image stabilized zoom with constant f2.8.. i have personally used the fz-20 from time to time and find it to be a VERY capable outfit (even to die hard SLR user like myself).. go to the store and pick one up see what ya think... :G

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