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    Filed at 8:22 pm under by dcobranchi

    I have an older version of this Panasonic. $300 is an excellent price. Unless you just are really into switching lenses, this one will probably do everything you could ask of a camera.

    UPDATE: DPReview does their typical outstanding job of getting into the nuts and bolts.

    3 Responses to “WAY OT: DIGITAL CAMERA DEAL”

    Comment by
    April 2nd, 2008
    at 10:57 am

    I compaired that one but opted for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 instead – dprevi...icfz8/

    Dpreview noted that between the two, the 18x lost a bit of it’s clarity in closeups and of course it’s a little cheaper then the 18x line though I’m sure the 18 is a wonderful choice too. Check out their ratings

    I had been watching the Panasonic line for well over a year (last years didn’t have RAW but RAW was made available again this year).
    Needless to say we have been very happy with it. My husband is more the camera buff then I but he was happy with the choice I made. LOL
    BTW – We got ours from Butterfly Photo for $236.00 (the same model in black is priced a couple of dollars more)
    They go back and forth with who is cheaper and I see Vanns does have it cheaper at $229.77.
    we did get our extra battery (a generic) at Vanns


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    April 2nd, 2008
    at 4:27 pm

    I have the FZ-5. Similar design. No RAW or manual focus. 12x zoom.

    Comment by
    April 2nd, 2008
    at 7:58 pm

    Still a very nice camera (FZ-5). I deleted all my bookmarks from searching but I believe your model is the one that caught my eye in the first place, and kept me watching that line until we could afford a new camera.

    Honestly, we haven’t even used all the functions yet, including RAW. I just read a lot and was glad to se it available again in case we wanted to use it.

    He did take it on a trip with his friend last Saturday ( Winterplace Resort Ski slopes ) and shot several cool videos while skiing.

    Video (and sound) was clear even with the reflective nature of the snow.
    Absolutely no comparison to our OLD camera (a Fugi FinePix A205 – lol) which has been passed down to our daughters.