Panasonic Lumix Z20
by runningman - 11/10/04 10:16 AM
Size isn't an issue for me since I'm used to Nikon F5's and Contax 645AF's. I find it very ergonomic in fact. That aside, 5mp vs. 7 or 8 isn't the only issue since 8mp in a digital compact produces very different images when compared to a top line 8mp digital slr. That becomes most obvious with 400 and 800 settings.
Bottom line: If you find your optimal white balance settings for different light conditions, your optimal f stops re same and for your subjects, you will love this camera. Its zoom combined with image stabilization is unequalled....repeat UNEQUALLED!!! If you are in a travel situation that precludes carrying the weight of a larger slr with separate lenses, you stick this in a small bag with two little backup batteries, with one half a gig memory card in the camera and another in the case, you are set for virtually any shot. Keep the iso setting at 100, use the stabilization and/or table top tripod and/or a counter, or a bridge rail, or anything else to stabilize the camera, and you can shoot at low speeds for optimal photos. I LOVE THIS CAMERA!!!!