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Panasonic Lumix FS15 or Samsung PL55 (SL502)?

by master619 / February 14, 2010 3:47 AM PST

I'm going to buy my first compact PnS camera (well not the first time using them, I played around with my friends' cameras for about a year or so).
I narrowed the list down to the FS15 and the PL55. Both are very similar, with 12MP, 5x optical zoom, 2.7" 230k LCD, smart capture modes (iA from the FS15 and Smart Intelligent from the PL55), similar battery life, and also similar price in my area.
The FS15 seems to have better picture quality, and optical image stabilizer is much better than digital image stabilizer from the PL55. But I've seen video samples of both, and I prefer the ones from PL55, with clear and smooth videos, and 5x optical zoom in video mode is a great bonus. And the PL55 came with some bonus accessories from our shop: a 4gb SD card, and a Samsung backpack.
I want good quality pictures, especially the colors, which should be accurate. Videos are important too because I love to record some of the music shows that I like.
So which one would be better for me? Any reply will be greatly appreciated, especially from those who actually own and used one of these. Thanks a lot.

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by master619 / February 14, 2010 11:29 AM PST

Help please?

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / February 14, 2010 11:23 PM PST

Your English is fine.

Your statement "Any reply will be greatly appreciated, especially from those who actually own and used one of these" just about eliminated everyone in the forum.

I have not seen an in-depth review of either camera.
Nor have I seen any sample photos from either camera.

Neither camera is particularly popular.

The lack of true image stabilization on a 5X optical zoom camera seems like a bad idea.
Digital stabilization can cause more problems than it solves.
It is better to not use digital image stabilization at all.
The same goes for digital zoom ... turn it Off.


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