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Please help me update my panasonic dmcfz3

Im thinking of giving my girlfriend my dmc fz3. Then I will be updating to a nikon coolpix 8800. I would like some input if this is a good enough upgrade? Going to europe and wanting a good camera for the ride.. Please comment, Im the point and shoot guy.

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Since the Coolpix 8800....

In reply to: Please help me update my panasonic dmcfz3

is kind of old and might be hard to find, I would suggest the Panaosnic DMC-FZ7, an upgrade to the one you had. In fact, a very good upgrade:

6MP vs 3MP
Manual focus
More shutter speed options
Larger resolution video
Larger LCD
Only $300 ($250 on sale sometimes)

I personally own this camera and I have to say it is the best point-and-shoot megazoom camera available.

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Panasonic dmc- FZ3

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I found the coolpix on ebay at about half the price of the orig. price. I just hate spending more than 600.00 with the filters and extras.

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$600???

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My FZ7 was $250 at CC. The filters on Panasonic's website were about $30-40(probably cheaper at other places). The lenses were about $200 but with a 12x zoom, why would you even need those??? I don't think you would even get to pay over $400 for this camera...

If you can get the one on eBay, that's fine. It looks to be good. Hope you can find accessories for it since it is about 5 years old...

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Nikon 8800

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The 8800 was the last premium DSLR-like camera that Nikon produced.

It was announced in Sept of 2004.

Here is a review of the 8800:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikoncp8800/

If the one you are buying is in good shape, it should serve you well for many years.

Nearly all of these DSLR-like cameras have disappeared from the market, and the low cost DSLR cameras have taken their place.
I believe the Sony R1 is the only such camera currently available.

The Sony R1 was introduced Sept of 2005 and if you shop around you can find it for about $700 new.

Here is a look at the R1 specifications:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Sony/sony_dscr1.asp

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sony R-1 vs. coolpix 8800

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I like the Sony too. Which do you think would make a better camera for an amateur? One thing turning me off on the Sony is the size and weight of it. Looks like they are both priced about the same.

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Comparison

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You should take a few minutes and really study the specifications.

Here is a comparison chart:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare_post.asp?method=sidebyside&cameras=nikon_cp8800%2Csony_dscr1&show=all

One obvious difference is the Nikon has a larger optical zoom.

But when you look at other points, the Sony comes out ahead.

The Sony R1 is as close to buying a DSLR as you can get.
It has a CCD sensor that is almost the same size as the Nikon D80.

When you look at sample photos....Nikon 8800 and the Sony R1 produce top notch photos.
But the Sony photos are a bit sharper and show detail better.
The best of the best.

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FZ-30 upgrade? now Im confused about upgrading!

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Whiz kid now has me thinking of staying with the panasonic. Since Im already used to the FZ-3 Im thinking of the FZ-30. Its economical and I assume the operating functions are about the same. I just love the performance I got from my FZ-3. Anyone care to comment.

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