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 Post subject: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8
PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 1:54 am 
I'm only 14 and I'm entering high school. I want to get a spot on the paper to be the photographer or something with photography and i just bought the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8K. It was one of the most popular and cheapest (I don't have a steady source of income) super-zooms. If anyone has it, do you think it would be enough to shoot pictures for a paper? Events, sports games, teams, etc.? Photo quality doesnt have to be top notch, considering print doesnt exactly help with the resolution, but I hope I didn't screw myself but not saving up more. Anyone who owns or has used a DMC-FZ8, please reply


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 2:45 am 
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Hi bigcountry4life5, welcome to the Cameralabs forums!

The FZ8 is a great value super-zoom and a model we highly recommend in this category.

Like most super-zooms though it won't repsond as quickly as a DSLR, but you can still work around its capabilities to grab some decent action shots.

The big problem is the focusing speed and shutter lag, but if you lock the focus at a certain spot by pointing and half-pressing (or manually focusing it), you will get much quicker repsonse to pressing the button and taking the shot. Of course you'll have to hope the action takes place at the point you focused, but this can still be practical for some situations.

Ultimately I think you'll need to try it and see what you think. It might be fine.

The zoom range will certainly give you a lot of reach to get clsoe to the action, but if you end up finding it too slow to repsond - and if you don't like the reduced quality at higher sensitivities - then you'll need to consider a DSLR instead.

Gordon


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