Okay, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8K vs. Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ3

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by coachingguy, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. coachingguy macrumors 6502a

    coachingguy

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2003
    Location:
    The Great White, Albeit Frozen North
    #1
    Does anyone have either of these camera's? I have a Canon 30D, but I'd like a more portable, have with me always/in the car back up. I had a Canon Powershot S2 IS, that I loved, but recently gave the E18 death error and won't work. Canon will fix it for about the replacement cost...

    I tried to talk myself into carrying one of the little/slim Point and shoots. I've bought 2 so far and returned both of them within a week. I like the 12x zoom, I like to have a lot of manual control.

    I'm interested in the TZ3 because of it's portability, how does it compare to the FZ8K or even the Canon Powershot S5 IS?

    I've read camera reviews online til I'm blue in the face, of course that only makes it harder. dpreview likes the FZ8K better than the Canon Powershot S5 IS. The FZ8K is a lot cheaper as well.

    I'm interested in Raw, how many use it versus how valuable. I've ordered Elements 6 and use iPhoto, and Elements 3 or 4 (I forget) for editing.

    So, I'm willing to branch out, away from the canon family (30 years of Canon love here) and try somebody new. Whattya know about the Panasonics besides the fact the the noise reduction is universally reviewed as being too strong.

    This doesn't necessarily have to become a brand debate either. I'm either going with one of these camera's or back to the S5.

    Thanks in advance

    Coachingguy
     
  2. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

    QuarterSwede

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2005
    Location:
    Colorado Springs, CO
    #2
    I have a 4MP Panasonic Lumix FZ10 (12x Optical Image Stabilized) and it takes fantastic pictures outdoors. The image stabilizer rules and even makes my Digital Rebel XTi wielding friend jealous. If you're worried about glass, don't be. The Lumix line uses some great optics (Leica). It also offers an excellent optical range of 36-432mm (for the FZ8). It would hard to find such a good deal even with an DSLR. You'll get very wide (distorted) to super tight. And the Macro is equally impressive. I've actually taken shots where the object was touching the lens and was still in focus ... although it was hard to get enough light I'll admit.

    That said the true weakness of the FZ10 is indoor photography. I haven't had the opportunity to mess with anything new from the line though and I'd imagine they've fixed the awful noise level in low light by now.
     
  3. coachingguy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    coachingguy

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2003
    Location:
    The Great White, Albeit Frozen North
    #3
    Thanks QuarterSwede,

    Has anyone used the FZ8 for sports? I coach many sports, hence the moniker, the S2 IS was fine outdoors, buy miserable for indoor sports. The lag on the flash and the over lighting of the flash were terrible.

    The TZ3 has a 10x lens, which I like, I also like the significantly smaller size, how is the programming on it?

    Coachingguy
     
  4. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

    taylorwilsdon

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2006
    Location:
    Bay Area
    #4
    Theres a reason that people spend thousands of dollars on high end lenses to shoot sports inside - because point and shoots don't cut it. In most high school gyms, lighting is abysmal and you don't have any way to use a flash, so a large aperture (f stop) coupled with high ISO is necessary to stop the frame and capture the action.
     
  5. coachingguy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    coachingguy

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2003
    Location:
    The Great White, Albeit Frozen North
    #5
    I understand about people spending $$$ on lenses and bodies, that's why I've got a 30D and many lenses. I just want something I can carry in my pocket for quick shots or when I don't want to carry the big body 30D.

    Coachingguy
     
  6. bking1000 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2007
    #6
    I know you said no point and shoots from Canon, but the SD800IS really does take a nice pic, but no manual control, and grainy in high ISO. Canon G9 -- tons of manual control and RAW, bigger sensor and bigger fstop.

    For better pics in low light, how about an old Fuji f31d or even f40d?

    Last thing I found -- I do burst mode on my SD800. Take about 8-12 pics, and usually 1-2 in the stream are keepers. With point and shoot (any of them!) the shutter lag is so slow, you can rely on single picture timing. Just burst mode a bunch of pics, and you'll get something useable out of the set.
     
  7. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030

    basesloaded190

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2007
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    #7
    i have the FZ-18k. had it for a couple of months and love it. takes great pictures and is small enough that it isn't a hassle to lug around. i don't have a dslr, but it has a wide array of photo shooting options that you may like because of your own dslr.
     
  8. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2006
    Location:
    UK.
    #8
    SNAP! I was in exactly the same position as you. Earlier this year, my trusty Fugi Finepix4700 passed away and I purchased a TZ3.

    I didn't want an all singing and dancing P&S - just something with a good lens that I could take anywhere and, subject to its obvious limitations, take good quality photographs.

    The flash is not that wonderful - but would anyone expect it to be on a camera this compact?! Its best not to push it beyond ISO 400 when grain can rear its ugly head. The lens is superb and on enlargements up to say A5, results bear comparison with the 30D. I have read comments regarding disappointing image quality but, in my opinion, this is the result of "user error" i.e. not holding the camera steady! My initial "irritation" was the lack of an optical viewfinder (particularly outdoors in bright sunlight) but soon got used to using the large and very clear 3" LCD monitor.

    Hope this helps!
     
  9. coachingguy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    coachingguy

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2003
    Location:
    The Great White, Albeit Frozen North
    #9
    John T nice vote for the TZ3. I've heard the lens is nice and the zoom is enough. It certainly is smaller than my 30D or the FZ8K. How does it do for Batteries? My S2 IS used 4 AA's and I could get 400-500 shots out of my rechargables. The FZ8K has it's own recharge batteries, I'm not too thrilled about that.

    Coachingguy
     
  10. vincebio macrumors 6502a

    vincebio

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2005
    Location:
    Glasgow
    #10
    another vote for the TZ3 here...an absolutely amazing compact camera..

    ive came from a Pentax istDS, which obviously being a dSLR, has waaay more functions and usabilty...but for some reason, i find the TZ3 pictures more fun...and certainly easier to use...

    the lens is awesome...Leica did a great job on this one..

    The zoom is really good...and the speed is pretty decent too.

    i wouldnt hesitate to recommend it!
     
  11. jbernie macrumors 6502a

    jbernie

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2005
    Location:
    Denver, CO
    #11
    My 40D arrives tonight but my Fuji finepixS600? that I got in 2003 will be staying in my camera bag. I have a 2GB card I bought just for the Camera as I can shoot video with it and its a spare camera just in case.

    For your usage a camera that uses regular batteries seems to be a better option as in a pinch if you werent able to charge your custom battery you can always get AAs at any store. Long term cost vs convenience factor here.

    Ultimately yu are going to compromise on at least one if not two features/functions when you make the decision. I am guessing for price vs performance you won't get anything that is quick enough, and RAW probably ends up as nice but not even remotely a requirement.

    I guess the two best questions I can ask you are:
    1)What size camera will you be able to carry no matter what clothes you wear or where you are going?
    a) true pocket size
    b) something with a neck strap

    At some point the camera will be just too much liek the 30D is and you will still just leave in the car.

    2) At what point do you draw the line on portable and just stick with the 30D?
    a) cost (value for $)
    b) size (once it needs a neck strap etc, is it just a smaller 30D?)
    c) function (are you really getting the utility you need)
     
  12. gkarris macrumors 604

    gkarris

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2004
    Location:
    "No escape from Reality..."
    #12
    Yes, I just sold most of my old film SLR equipment and got the FZ8K after much researching and mulling over it. It was only $234 at Amazon.

    I got it over the weekend and took it out shooting. Here's a couple of pics:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=458159&page=3

    Boy, it's like an SLR!

    Nice pics on it!

    I'm thinking of getting the D40, but, if after using this for a while suites all my needs, I may skip it!
     
  13. bking1000 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2007
  14. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2006
    Location:
    UK.
    #14
    The TZ3 uses a lithium-ion battery. Panasonic claim 200-300 shots per charge but I've never tested this - I usually take these claims with a pinch of salt!
     
  15. ftaok macrumors 601

    ftaok

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2002
    Location:
    East Coast
    #15
    dcresource.com is scheduled to review the TZ5 this month.

    ft
     
  16. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2006
    Location:
    Redondo Beach, California
    #16
    Odd that you'd be asking this when you own a 30D. All P&S cameras have horrible shutter lag. For sports you should be looking at something like a 70-200 f/2.8 to go with the 30D

    The above two questions are related. RAW has the same use with a little P&S as with your DSLR. It is just a data dump from the image sensor with no processing. No processing means no noise reduction. So the objection about the camera's NR being to strong goes away if you shoot raw as that NR step will be controled by you using software on your computer

    One thing to look at is software. Make certain you choose raw processing software that supports BOTH your new P&S and the Canon 30D. I think you will be looking at Adobe, not Apple for this. But if you really do decide you like Aperture then your choise of cameras is reduced

    Another camera to look at is the Canon G9. It has the features you said you wanted, manual control and RAW format. But it also has a slightly larger sansor (less noise) and a hot shoe that will accept your Canon system speedlights. (You did talk about indoor shooting) Take a look at the G9

    Those are pictures of static objects that don't move. Shutter lag is a not issue, wait 'till you try to catch something that only lasts a split second or that is moving or changing fast. Also those pics are in sunlight. No noise issures insunlight. try shooting indoors with no flash.
     
  17. coachingguy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    coachingguy

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2003
    Location:
    The Great White, Albeit Frozen North
    #17
    Based on some of the feedback here and other's reviews, I just ordered the TZ3K. I liked the fact that people here said the glass was good, it certainly is smaller than the FZ8K. I believe it will be easier for my wife to use as well. The 3" lcd viewer didn't hurt. Also, I got it for $140 shipped! :cool:

    The 30D is my primary sports camera, but I usually take a camera with me wherever I go, so I might be at a game w/o the 30D and have the smaller more portable camera with...

    Thanks for everyone's input!

    Coachingguy
     
  18. bking1000 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2007
    #18
    Where did you get it for $140? At that price, I may get one just for the 10X zoom.
     
  19. bocomo macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2007
    Location:
    New York
    #19
    i have a tz3 that i love. keep it in a pocket so i can always have the opportunity to snap a pic without lugging my dslr. battery seems to go pretty far but i haven't done any tests either

    the IS is quality too!

    movie mode is quality as well-10minutes with a 1gb card
     
  20. coachingguy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    coachingguy

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2003
    Location:
    The Great White, Albeit Frozen North
    #20
    cameraaddict.com

    Coachingguy
     
  21. gkarris macrumors 604

    gkarris

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2004
    Location:
    "No escape from Reality..."
    #21
    So, if you're saying that cheaper cameras under $250 compared to say $500 DSLR's don't have as many capabilities and features..

    I tend to agree...
     
  22. bking1000 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2007
    #22
    Thanks for the reference. I'd like to hear your feedback on how the order went. A quick check flags up cameraaddict as a questionable dealer. I might wait for the amazon price to come down. If you get any hint of questionable dealings from them, you might want to cancel the order quickly. See:

    http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/cameraaddictcom-c8671.html
    http://www.pricerunner.com/retailer/26152/reviews
    http://www.resellerratings.com/store/Camera_Addict
     
  23. coachingguy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    coachingguy

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2003
    Location:
    The Great White, Albeit Frozen North
    #23
    Be very cautious of Cameraaddict.com

    Run, don't walk from this retailer. I called to check on my order, why it hadn't shipped and the C.S. rep says to me "Do you want to buy a battery?" Huh? :confused:

    I respond with "Whattya mean, doesn't it come with a battery?" "Well, it does, but it's a demo, only good for about 20 minutes." came the response. "How much is a battery?" I query. "Depends on the battery, 2 hours to 7 hours $49 - $99" Huh?

    "Yea, I'm going to cancel my order at this time"

    I looked online later and found batteries for this camera for $12.99.

    Again, if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.

    So, I'm still looking, but I think I'll stay with the TZ3K when I do buy.

    Coachingguy
     
  24. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2006
    Location:
    UK.
    #24
    Just get that order into Amazon NOW! :)
     
  25. martinmartin macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2007

Share This Page