No fun choosing between DMC-TZ1, Fuji F30 and DMC-FX01 - need your bias....

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Greg Loriman, Sep 8, 2006.

  1. Greg Loriman

    Greg Loriman Guest

    Hello excellent persons,

    I'm finding the decision between the three camera's above more than usually
    painful, and I can't afford to buy them all, or even two. Its rather like
    being dragged by three horses in opposing directions; if I were to

    The features I am coverting are the obvious (apart from each being quite
    small) :

    TMC-TZ1 : 10x optical zoom with OIS and anti-blur in a small space
    F30 : absurdly high ISO and decent images
    DMC-FX01 : wide-angle lense

    I'd love to know your opinion, particularly if you have experience of more
    than one of the above.

    These three camera's unique features balance against one another, and the
    prices are too close (even allowing for xD cards), so all I can hope is that
    something some says tips that balance. Perhaps just simply that one of them
    was more fun than the other.

    Help me in my predicament! My limbs are about to fall off.


    Greg Loriman, Sep 8, 2006
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    m Ransley Guest

    What do you usualy photograph.
    m Ransley, Sep 8, 2006
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    Greg Loriman Guest

    Thanks for the reply.

    A pertinant question, but I should have made more explicit in my original
    post that I am much more interested in subjective opinions than judgments
    taking into consideration my needs. I hope you'll agree with me that I am a
    better judge of other people's subjective opinion as applied to my needs
    than anyone else, other than God, of course.

    Greg Loriman, Sep 8, 2006
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    ~~NoMad~~ Guest

    TZ1 is the best of the bunch.

    ~~NoMad~~, Sep 8, 2006
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    m Ransley Guest

    It was a relavent question. the Fuji F30 will get you action shots it
    has the fastest sensor, Panasonic are noisy over 100asa, a telephoto is
    great for close ups, so you decide whats best, nobody else can since it
    depends on its use..
    m Ransley, Sep 8, 2006
  6. What do you usualy photograph.
    Er, I *think* I've decoded that, but not sure!

    But what and how and when you photograph *is* relevant, because some of us
    may have one of the cameras you're interested in, and we know the pros and
    cons of the camera for various conditions. For example, I own an F30, and
    could rattle off pages of observations about it... if I had the time to do
    so. But with a bit more focus (so to speak), I could concentrate on
    something that's relevant to you.

    Battery life?
    Focus speed?
    Lens sharpness?
    Contrast issues?
    Memory card limitations?
    Durability of body?

    --Mike-- Chain Reaction Bicycles
    Mike Jacoubowsky, Sep 8, 2006
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    Bob Williams Guest

    I'd forger the Panny FX01.
    It's main "redeeming" feature is a slightly wider angle than the others.
    But this new WA lens isn't up to Leica's high standard.
    For a 6MP lens it is not very sharp.
    The F10 used in this comparison has been replaced by the F30 which is
    even more full featured and sharper than the F10.
    So it boils down to this.
    10X zoom vs 3x zoom......Advantage Panny
    Low noise images from indoor low light shots.....Advantage Fuji
    "Gain Up" of Viewing Screen in low light scenes.....Advantage Fuji
    Although I am a great fan of Panny EVF Superzooms / Leica Lenses, in
    this case I'd go with the Fuji. (Unless, of course, you really want 10X
    Zoom, then it is no contest).
    Bob Williams
    Bob Williams, Sep 8, 2006
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    m Ransley Guest

    And there is no comparison of the fuji f30 to TZ1, two totaly different
    cameras, at least you should be comparing similars
    m Ransley, Sep 8, 2006
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    minnesotti Guest

    Half a year ago, I was choosing a camera, and I was choosing from the
    list of cameras involving the mentioned above.

    I am a perfectionist, and I like high performance. This is why the
    ultra-compact FX01 fell of the perch straight away; I went for a larger
    camera which could fit more of a serious technology. I went to the shop
    and made pictures with the cameras I was interested in, and saved them
    on my SD for further review on my computer. No store had F30 or its
    predecessors. My choice narrowed down to LX1 and TZ1. I am more of a
    perfectionist than a high performance lover. This is why I discarded
    TZ1 because it had worse image quality. I bought LX1, and several
    months of the use confirmed to me that I made a satisfying choice.

    minnesotti, Sep 8, 2006
  10. No, I don't agree at all. Mr Ransleys question was an absolutely
    critical one, particularly when comparing several *quite different
    cameras*. What and how you shoot makes much more difference than
    subjective opinions.

    I'm no fan of analogies, but this really is very much like asking:

    "I need a vehicle - should I get a Honda Civic, a Lamborghini
    MurciƩlago, a Hummer, a Subaru utility, a 125cc trail bike, or a
    mark.thomas.7, Sep 8, 2006
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    minnesotti Guest

    The original question was more like: "I am on the market for a fun
    vehicle -- should I get Civic, Lamorgini or a 125 cc trail bike ?"
    minnesotti, Sep 8, 2006
  12. minnesotti wrote:
    ....> >
    Heheh, yep, that's probably more fair.... and that's why I hate
    mark.thomas.7, Sep 8, 2006
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    Greg Loriman Guest

    Thanks for the reply.

    Ok, but it must be obvious from what I've written that I can't answer that
    question. I don't have a particular photographic leaning; that's why each of
    these camera's unique abilities are causing me such a problem. I appreciate
    that in attempting to help me that the imprecise question could result in
    you responding with pages of stuff, but there's nothing to stop you only
    giving one or two particularly stand-out observations of your use of one of
    the cameras, which is what I'm looking for. I'm not asking for a full
    description in order to cover all possibilities; rather I am asking for
    anything about these camera's that inspires strong feelings, positive and

    I can then contemplate those observations in respect of myself, and by that
    I mean : what do your feelings make me feel. I hope to to sway towards or
    away from the candidates. This isn't a purely rational process because I've
    already done the rational side (reading reviews etc) and I am stuck. So now
    it boils down to whatever strong meat you guys can offer me that might
    resolve the problem.

    Its enough to say, as I mentioned before, I've tried both X and Y and Y was
    way more fun, but X was way more useful. Something similarly unscientific
    even if your observation is for only one camera, or two even though you
    didn't try the second, is just fine.

    Greg Loriman, Sep 8, 2006
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    Greg Loriman Guest

    No, I don't agree at all. Mr Ransleys question was an absolutely
    Perfect. Ironic that that is this is just what I am looking for.
    Greg Loriman, Sep 8, 2006
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    Greg Loriman Guest

    I'd forger the Panny FX01.
    Cool. I like the answer. Thanks.
    Greg Loriman, Sep 8, 2006
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    Greg Loriman Guest

    TMC-TZ1 : 10x optical zoom with OIS and anti-blur in a small space
    Lovely! Thanks for a great response.
    Greg Loriman, Sep 8, 2006
  17. I'm fascinated with the 'attitude'. Just about every reply has
    suggested it would be useful to tell us what you shoot, but you have
    reacted against that suggestion. We are all wrong and you're right?
    Why is it so difficult to say what you are likely to shoot? Do you
    seriously think it is irrelevant? Or is it simply that you cannot
    possibly ever accept that others might have a bit more of a clue on how
    to go about choosing a camera?

    If you later discover that your choice does not suit your shooting
    style, I suggest you post under a different name.... (O;
    mark.thomas.7, Sep 8, 2006
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    minnesotti Guest

    Being a scientist, I will equip you with a scientific method. Buy a
    camera which functionality is closest to the average functionality. In
    doing this way, if you find later that the camera's "cool" feature was
    not what you really wanted, then you will have less chances for

    Applying this principle, you can strike off TZ1. It iz a superzoom
    camera. It may appear that the superzoom capability does nothing for
    you, but then you will find that the camera is not remarkable in other
    capabilities (such as low-light sensitivity or wide-angle image
    quality). Thus, you have the "generalist" cameras F30 and FX01 left.

    Now, you may try to take them in your hands and try to use them. What
    are your impressions ? For example, when I took FX01 in my hands, it
    appeared to me that it makes quite good quality pictures due to
    advanced techologies crammed into the body. It has a small body which
    snugly fits into my palm or into my pocket. If I wanted to go to the
    parties and did not want to feel that my camera is "there in the
    pocket" -- I'd definetely take FX01.

    However, I also know that I want to take pictures of people (e.g. in a
    party) in a room, and _hate_ to use flash. If I used ordinary camera
    (even FX01) without a flash, the quality of the pictures in the dimly
    lit room would be bad or even disgusting. For these situations, I'd
    wanted to get an F30. I did not get it for the reason that I am past
    this stage of my life when I wanted to take pictures of people at a

    What I really want is a TZ1 camera fitted with a F30 sensor. I would be
    able to whip a camera out of my pocket and take the detailed pictures
    of someone at a distance in a dimly lit room ... e.g. at a concert...
    or of a sexy chick at the other side of the pub without drawing her
    attention :) ...

    minnesotti, Sep 8, 2006
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    minnesotti Guest

    OK. Even more correct analogy of the original question would be: "I am
    on the market for a fun vehicle -- tell me about your fun experiences
    with Civic, Lamborgini and 125 cc trail bike". The OP would then pick
    up the car with his kind of fun.
    minnesotti, Sep 8, 2006
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    Greg Loriman Guest

    So because the majority think one thing I should think it also?

    You'll be glad to know that I don't believe in democracy, which I consider
    akin to mob rule, and so perhaps my "attitude" is consistent with that.
    Why not? It works that way often in real life. Many great scientific leaps
    have been under such circumstances. In anycase I'm not quite so immature as
    to have even thought that; rather I assumed I had been misunderstood.

    I'm not arrogant, as you seem to be suggesting in your rather aggressive
    No, but it simply isn't what I am looking for.
    Perhaps my motivation is something far less silly. That I pointed out the
    fact that you inadvertently contributed to giving me what I was looking for,
    despite your telling me what I really need to do, makes your response quite
    bizzarre; you could be accused of the things you accuse me of.
    I suggest you restrain your desire to judge and damn.

    Please don't reply.
    Greg Loriman, Sep 8, 2006
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