RFI- camera gift

Subject: RFI- camera gift
From: (Russell Woodford)
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 21:53:14 +1000
Good to see so many people supporting the Panasonic cameras.  I've had an FZ-20 
(5 megapixels, 12x optical zoom) for nearly 2 years and I like it as much as 
when I first bought it - perhaps more.
Although it has been superseded by the FZ5, FZ7 and FZ30, I have no plans to 
replace or upgrade it in the foreseeable future.  I think the only way to get 
better photos (esp. birds) is to go for a digital SLR - but then you spend more 
on lenses than on the camera!

Some of the best websites for comparisons and ratings of digital cameras are:

You can compare online and store prices at a number of Australian websites, 
such as:



"Elizabeth Shaw" <> on Fri, 1 Sep 2006 20:19:01 +1000 
> Dear Judith,
> In April I bought myself a Panasonic DMC FZ7, after a search of various
> websites which compared camera with camera with similar criteria to you.  It
> has 12X optical zoom and 4X digital zoom, pic storage depends on the size of
> the recording card you buy for it (I got 1G, which stores approx 450 photos
> at maximum resolution), the battery lasts several days of average use before
> needing to be charged, and it has two levels of 'anti shake'.  I presume it
> is Mac compatible.
>     After enlisting the help of a good bargain hunter we played off two
> major stores to bring the price of the camera down to $500, the 1G storage
> chip to $100 and the camera case thrown in for free. You can probably get a
> better deal for the storage card now, and maybe the camera.
>     I still haven't quite worked out all you can do with it - probably need
> to do a course to help me on this, but I am very pleased with some of my
> bird picture in particular, as I can stand quite a way from them, not
> disturb the birds, but get something which, when zoomed in on with one of
> the printing machines in a shop, and cropped appropriately, turns little
> spots into great close up photos. I hope to learn how to do this on my
> computer one day.
>     I wish I could remember the web sites I looked up to research the
> camera.  The Choice (ACA) site was one.  Try Google or other search engines.
> Best of luck
> Elizabeth Shaw
> Phillip Island
> Victoria

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