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Although it has been superseded by the FZ5, FZ7 and FZ30, I have no plans to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,
"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