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Panasonic TZ3S or Canon 850IS...help me decide!

by travelrella / January 27, 2008 7:36 AM PST

I've done a lot of research on cameras, including going to the store and testing a bunch out. Right now, I have narrowed it down to two choices (it would have been three, but the one I also liked was too expensive - Canon 870IS). What do you think about the Panasonic Lumix TZ3S verse the Canon Powershot 850IS?

I'm leaning towards the Panasonic because of the 10x optical zoom and large LCD screen. The Canon has 4x optical zoom/4x digital zoom. Both have the image stabilization and red-eye feature I wanted. I know that Canon is a popular and reliable choice so that's why I'm torn. Thanks for your help!

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / January 27, 2008 8:20 AM PST

The Panasonic TZ3 and Canon SD870IS both have a wide angle lens and a 3 inch LCD.

So it would seem that the SD850IS is not really what you are looking for.

The only other camera that is similar to the Panasonic TZ3 is the just announced Sony H10. It has a 3 inch LCD X10 zoom but not a wide angle lens. It is not in stores yet.

The Panasonic TZ3 has been getting good reports from owners.

I noticed that you mentioned 4X "digital" zoom on one cameras.
It is recommended that you never use digital zoom, as it degrades the image.
Only use optical zoom.

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by travelrella / January 27, 2008 9:18 AM PST
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Thanks for the tip about the digital zoom. I tested a lot of nice cameras (a lot of Sonys), but they were only 3x optical zoom. I automatically eliminated them from my list because of that. The 4x optical zoom isn't much better. My budget is $250 and under so that's why I decided against the Canon 870IS. That would have been the front runner if it was in my budget.

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by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / January 27, 2008 9:55 AM PST
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That's the give and take of having an ultra-compact...great portability but you will only be able to have a 3x zoom. Also the two cameras you said are not wide when considering that you have to take the lens and multiply it by 1.6 due to not being a full frame sensor.

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Well.not really.
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / January 27, 2008 10:02 AM PST
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The cameras mentioned are all non-DSLR cameras.

Your input about the 1.6 multiplier only applies to some Canon DSLR cameras.

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by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / January 27, 2008 12:54 PM PST
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You're right on that. The Canon says 4.6-17.3mm (28-105mm equiv). I was just stating that there is a difference from what the lens states and what the camera actually produces.

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by woodygg / January 28, 2008 11:07 AM PST

panasonic greatly improves their image quality (very noisy images, watercolor effects, etc), stick with the canon. i've owned both...

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