Flygmolinafmly From Brazil, joined Jan 2004, 107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2781 times:
I will go ahead and give you my quick review of my camera... the Panasonic FZ20. I have never used or seen the KM Z3 so I will not try to compare the two... but I was deciding between the same two when I purchased mine. I went with the Panasonic because of the reviews and zoom and looks.
I absolutly love my camera. I used to own a Sony 3.2 MP and there is an amazing difference in quality when I upgraded. What do I like about the FZ20?
- It looks great and feels good/sturdy
- The Leica lens has always been looked upon as an excellent lens
- 12x Optical is amazing. The type of spotting I do, pretty much requires a more powerful zoom
- 5 MP creates great crisp pictures
- IS works great too, especially while using the zoom on a low lit day
- Any review you read highly recommends the camera... one reason I purchased it
- I couldn't afford DSLR and I felt like this was the next closest thing
- Good flash for indoors
- Very versatile
- Large LCD
Overall, I was not happy enough with the Z3, which is why I purchased the Panasonic FZ-20. I know it costs more, but it is a much better camera. It is, however, bigger, heavier and uses its own Li-ion batteries though. If I had to choose, I would still choose the FZ20, even though it is more expensive than the Z3. It is the better camera for taking aircraft photos. The Z3 images are a bit too soft - the FZ-20 is much sharper.
Senorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2760 times:
You're going to have plusses and minuses for both obviously. For example, the FZ-20 doesn't have IS. That may play a factor if you're using it at dusk, when shutter speeds flutter around 1/50 or so and at full telephoto position. Then again, the Z5's zoom and the GT lens are not as well regarded as the Leica lenses. I have a KM A2 and I'm perfectly happy with it, here are some shots of different things: http://www.pbase.com/senorcarnival
The A200 is its current equivalent. Here is a good review: http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/cameraDetail.php?cam=639
Beware of one thing on the Minolta though: leave it on for too long, and the CCD heats up, which will inadvertly create the same effect as cranking ISO, resulting in noisy pictures. Either pick, you're in good hands. If you can, visit a local retailer and play with both of them.
Both cameras have IS. The Panasonic moves a lens element, while in the Z3 the CCD sits on a little table that has its legs jiggled in time with your shakes. Both systems work well, but I think the Z3 can take a little more shaking. I doubt there is any detectable difference in normal hand-held use.
One plus point in the Z3's favour is that the autofocus is very, very fast, whereas the autofocus on the FZ-20 is fairly normal. It isn't slow, but after using the Z3, it feels it! Even so, the Panasonic still wins for me.
Andreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2715 times:
Sorry I never posted my pics, so no links here, though I have thousands...I use the Panasonic, and I love it, I just love it. Zoom is extremely powerful, the Image stabilising system is easy to use (and it really helps when working at the long end of the zoom range).
Try it for yourself, I can't compare since I never used the Minolta.
btw: Next weekend it's AMS time again for me and my Panasonic