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 Post subject: FZ45 vs HX1 vs SX30IS
PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 12:35 pm 
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I am in search for a superzoom camera for some time.
Firstly I selected Nikon P100 as it seemed to fit my budget, later found in cameralabs that it's picture quality is not good. Then choose Sony HX1 and Canon SX 20IS.
Now I am looking Panasonic FZ35 or FZ45 and Canon SX 30IS.
As I am a beginner, I am totally confused which model to choose after checking so many reviews.
Please help me out.


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Let the HX1 go, its IQ isnt that good too.

Id look at the FZ35, FZ45 and SX30.
Well, Gordon made reviews of them all, so check them. But first write on a paper what you exactly want from your camera. Then read the reviews and give the cameras a score of how much they fit your needs.

I think that the FZ35 is the best choice, its IQ is just a bit better than the FZ45. The SX30 may like to have better IQ, but it doesnt feature RAW recording.

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Hi Ruben, thanks for your reply.
I should have specified my requirements:
1. Good optical zoom for outdoor shooting.
2. Good performance in low light.
3. Decent video performance.
4. Full manual control.


I have read Gordon's review for all the mentioned cameras. But as i am a beginner, it is taking time for me to understand everything.

I think both SX 30IS and FZ45 are equally good except Canon's large zoom. But panasonic has RAW.


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I think youll find the FZ35 the best camera since its low light capabilities are slightly better than the others.
But it has less zoom... 18x is really very much, dont think that with the new 35x zoom the 18x is bad or something.

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Panasonic DMC-FZ18, Panasonic DMC-FZ28, Canon G5, Canon 350D, Canon 50D + BG-E2N
Tamron 17-50 2.8, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM,
Canon 18-55 II plus lots of Minolta MD/M42 lenses and bodies


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I think the HX1 has pretty good IQ for this class of camera. I hated using it though and thus I returned it. Terrible LCD, no dedicated video button and problems with proper exposure outdoors in good lighting (just like the HX5V) were actually the more minor complaints. My biggest complaint was simply that it's miserable use compared to any Panasonic bridge cam. The HX1 is slow to respond, doesn't let you do anything while writing files, and some of the most commonly used controls are buried in the menu. I would recommend removing this one from your list.


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