Gordon Laing wrote:
The FZ50 is a great superzoom, but yes, it does have noise and noise reduction issues above 100 ISO. But then so do ALL current non-DSLRs. If you like making big prints or zooming into pictures on your computer at 100%, then you may be disappointed.
PS - I'm very envious of your trip to Alaska - I've always wanted to visit. Will you be able to see the bears catching the salmon in August? That's a photo opportunity I've always wanted to capture!
I seldom make any prints from my photos so big prints are not a problem for me - I'll be viewing them almost exclusively on my computer screen.
Does it help the noise problem if you shoot at less than the full 10mp?
As for Alaska, we're cruising round trip from Vancouver for 7 days through the Inner Passage and up to the glaciers. We'll also be able to leave the ship for excursions. I hope to see some of the famed wildlife and hopefully get it on film.