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Old Sep 25, 2005, 3:29 AM   #31
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Hi Mnetly,

My requirements for a digital camera were pretty much exactly the same as yours.

And like you I eventually decided to buy the Panasonic FX9. I have had it now for 3 days and overall I am very pleased with it. It is a top camera and takes very good quality stills and movies.

However it is very memory hungry when using 30 frames per second VGA movies -about 1. 3 megabytes per second! (I have ordered a 1 Gigabyte SD card on eBay. Make sure the card is high speed - at least 10 MB/sec).

It is a pity that it won't zoom during movie recording, but then you cant have everything! Otherwise the camera is excellent.

Alan Bottomley, Hobart , Australia.
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Old Sep 25, 2005, 10:35 PM   #32
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So before I commit to one of the cameras in my shortlist, have I missed a camera that fulfills all my requirements?

Requirements:
Ultra-compact
At least 4MP
At least 3x optical zoom
At least 2" LCD
At least 200k pixels LCD
USB 2.0
Optical image stabiliser
640 x 480 30fps MPEG-4
SD memory

Shortlist (and why it's not the perfect camera for me):
Kodak V530 - doesn't have optical image stabiliser
Kodak V550 - doesn't have optical image stabiliser
Panasonic DMC-FX9 - doesn't have MPEG-4 video
Casio Exilim EX-S500 - low resolution LCD, doesn't have optical image stabiliser
Panasonic DMC-FX8 - low resolution LCD, doesn't have MPEG-4 video
I think maybe Panasonic DMC LX1 is the closer.
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Old Sep 26, 2005, 5:45 AM   #33
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Tha Panasonic Lx1 does fit most of the requirements but it is not as compact as the FX9 and it does'nt get very good reviews. See User reviews in dpreview.com for instance.

Alan Bottomley, Hobart, Australia.
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