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I am looking at buying either the PanasonicFZ30 or Nikon D50

by / January 23, 2006 1:29 AM PST

I am looking to buy either the PanasonicFZ30 or the NikonD50. The pros of the first being not having to carry lots of lenses around. I would like to be able to enlarge photos to around A3 size. My only concern being the noise issue that seems to surround the FZ30. Could anyone advise me on this please....

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Nikon D50
by mrobzo / January 23, 2006 3:48 AM PST

"One of the best entry level DSLRs on the market"
Aimee Baldridge review

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was hoping.........
by / January 24, 2006 7:23 AM PST
In reply to: Nikon D50

was rather hoping you would say the FZ30. mainly because of the cost of new lenses and the bulk of carrying them around. Obviously I do know the nikonD50 is better really....what do you think of the FZ30 though?

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FZ30 is more versatile for less $$$
by LoveLife / January 24, 2006 8:22 AM PST

The FZ30 is more versatile the Nikon and at a much lower cost. Every camera has it weak and strong points. The FZ30 produces noise on indoor shots when you are forced to use ISO 200 or 400. You do have a built in flash to compensate for the loss of light and fight back the noise level. Outdoors it is a strong contender for any DSLR plus you have built in 35-420mm zoom. If you want more zoom add on a TCON17 and now you have 714mm for 4120

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Noise at an ISO of 200 is VERY bad. If it has problems there
by Kiddpeat / January 24, 2006 8:29 AM PST

it has serious problems. Noticeable noise at an ISO of 400 isn't a lot better.

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Buy the d50 with the new nikkor 18-200 DX zoom
by rtsphoto / January 24, 2006 1:56 PM PST

and if you ever have the need you can change out the lens, you won't be stuck. The 18-200mm lens gives you an 11x zoom and should cover almost any shot. It also has vibration reduction to help steady those shots when its fully extended.

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Noise a big problem in panasonic
by rtsphoto / January 24, 2006 2:14 PM PST

After I wrote that reply (buy d50) i did some research on the panasonic. i think there are much better cameras out there for that price. They might not have the long lens but that camera has very bad noise issues. The d50 with the 18 to 200 mm lens would be a great combo but double the price. You get what you pay for though. I had a Sony F717, great ziess lens, similar type camera to the panasonic. I had the same Idea I did not want to carry a bunch of lenses. When i outgrew it i had to start over. Now that I bought a DSLR I can get a new lens or a new body I don't have to start over just part way. Hope that helps.

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thanks for your help
by / January 24, 2006 6:23 PM PST

thanks to everyone for their advice...appreciated

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