I currently own a Panasonic Lumix FZ1 and love the pictures that it takes. I have rarely been disappointed with the shots I've taken, besides the blurry pics once in a while (end up taking every shot on burst mode to be safe because of that)! Even action shots come out fairly well if I have everything lined up and ready. I'm in the market for a new camera though because as much I like my camera, it is a major annoyance to bring around with me. I rarely use my camera because of it's size, so I'm looking for something a little more compact.
Right now I'm having a hard time deciding between the TZ3 and the FX33 or 55. I've read multiple reviews on both (most in-depth on here, and the video walk though was the clincher for me), but I haven't been able to really spot the major differences between either ones. I'm leaning towards the TZ3 because of the zoom (current FZ1 is 12x optical, 3x digital), but the FX33/55 have me caught with the size since they will fit into my pants pocket a lot easier with very little buldge. Are there any major differences between these models, and if so - how important are these differences?
My other question has to deal with picture quality. I borrowed my fathers DMC LZ3 the other night since it is very similar to the TZ3, and I have to say I am disappointed in the pictures. Indoors, it kept wanting to put the flash on - and with the flash off the pictures came out way too dark. I decided to take a quick pic tonight for comparison with my current camera. Both cam's were set at Vivid, Auto ISO, Normal picture mode, and using tungsten balance since these were taken at night and indoor.
I will be taking pictures in a variety of settings, but I will say that a decent amount will be indoors and not always the most ideal shooting conditions. As you can see, the FZ1 has a slightly brighter picture.
I'm just curious if this is something I might have to worry about with the TZ3, especially because I took the LZ3 out last night to a party and the only pic that came out decent was with a flash, and that made everything way too bright. Does the fx33 or 55 have such issues as well?
Thanks in advance!