Excuse me for my English because it is not really my mother tongue and the probably long thread.
I live in the Dutch part of Belgium so I normally speak Flemish or Dutch.
I also just registered because I'm interested in the Z28 and I want to follow up on this thread with you guys.
I bought a Canon G2 about 7 years ago for 1150 Euro, I still have the receipt (=$1400)
It still looks like new and takes excellent photo's but compared to the newer stuff it is slow, only 3x zoom and ... big boys new toys time.
Also with an active 3 year old kid taking a picture where he's actually on it is in an adventure due to the slowness.
My first thoughts where to buy another Canon since I still like mine and it seems alot of people have one if you look around.
I wanted to buy an S5-IS for the zoom, speed and movie mode.
Since it is almost identical to an S3-IS that my friend has I took that one for a 2 week spin to see if I liked it.
My personal opinion ... avoid it like the plague.
I liked it alot to shoot foto's because it was fast and the nice 12X zoom but afterwards the photo' where an extreem dissapointment.
Purple fringment even visible if you printed it on a small piece of standard paper.
When I check the reviews for the S5-IS the lens is no better.
Why this camera sells that good is a big question mark for me.
If I start reading some forums it seems that I'm not the only one that seems dissapointed about Canon.
Now Panasonic time
I bought a second hand one 2 weeks ago, the DMC-FZ7 for 110 Euro, really cheap and almost unused.
The first day I was a bit confused about the settings etc since I'm used to the Canon.
I also made the mistake to read the tests on the web and since they all mentioned the word 'noise' so I focused on that one.
Last week I went to the stables with my wife and shot allot of photo's.
After we got home I analysed the photo's. Unfortunately the camera had a red hotpixel that showed up at any iso or exposure time so I was very dissapointed at that.
I sold it to the guy that owned the stables because he liked the continous shooting mode for the same price, so no loss.
Now after analysing the pro's and con's there are alot of things that I liked about that Panasonic that I also see when reading about the other FZ models that make me want to buy a Panasonic again.
pro's: super good lens , fast, good batt, easy menu
I was also looking to buy an FZ18 like fwchapman but after stumbling on this website that mentioned the FZ28 it makes me itch to buy that one.
There are a couple of thoughts that I have about this.
Why more megapixels on the same size sensor and add filters to reduce the noise?
I have no urge to have more then the 4MP like on my G2. From what I can think of, everything stands or falls with the lens, sensor and jpeg compression. You can have a 30MP camera but if one of the mentioned fails you could as well have a good old 1.3MP camera.
I would rather work on the signal to noise then to raise the (unusable) extra MP which according to me is pure sales talk.
Another thing that I don't like is the movie mode 30fps.
This won't be an issue for you US NTSC guys since you use 30fps but we European guys use 25fps on our PAL system.
The issue is that if we convert the movie to a DVD standard we get choppy movies since a couple of frames are being dropped.
It should be really simple for manufacturers to add 25fps to the menu since you can also set the output on the camera to PAL.
Sorry for the long thread and I hope I didn't go offtopic
I found 1 review for the FZ28 on another forum
http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/cda/revie ... /8957.html