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Old Feb 17, 2005, 12:29 PM   #1
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i'm finding it very difficult to choose between these 2 cameras. money isn't much of an issue as i was ready to buy the more expensive cp 8800 before findingout about the fz20.i'll be using it as an allround camera and for traveling (main reason for not considering dSLRs) any opinions are welcome.
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Old Feb 17, 2005, 12:34 PM   #2
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Hi.

A professional photographer and photojournalism instructor who taught me recommended the Panasonic. He raved about the Leica lens of the Panasonic and the quality of the photos. His school is recommending that camera for all incoming journalism students. His colleague agreed with him fully. I was in your shoes - not sure what to get and I knew the school had to recommend affordable digital cameras for all its students, soI called him

If the panasonic was 8MP, I'd have it and wouldn't be wondering about the dSLRs...

I've heard very mixed reviews on the 8800, but am only considering it for its 8MPs. If MPs weren't an issue, I'd have the panasonic.

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Old Feb 17, 2005, 12:44 PM   #3
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cheers, that definately helped. the panasonic seems to satisfy all of its buyers. but then the nikon probably sells alot more which could maybe explain why it gets some negative feedback.

i agrre, if the fz20were 8MP, the decision would be easy and the camera out of stock everywhere.
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Old Feb 17, 2005, 3:02 PM   #4
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I don't thikn this is even a contest... I'm GUESSING that the Nikon would be much better... Panasonic would have brighter lens (F2.8 throughout) but the Nikon will have superior video, better LCD (2" fixed vs 1.8" flip-out), likely better noise (2/3" 8MP vs 1/2.5" 5MP), etc...
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Old Feb 17, 2005, 4:22 PM   #5
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Look more carefully at the 8800 specs and be prepared to WAIT for the shutter to actually take the picture, then wait for the camera to recover for the next shot. Also the time to ready from cold start is very long. Then there is the long wait for the auto-focus to work. I've used this model and it it is far from acceptable in these areas.
The long zoom is very nice but it does not stop where you want and tends to bounce forcing one to re-set.
The anti-vibration feature is wonderful, the controls are well set and it is well built.
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