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Thread: S5 IS or FZ50?

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    Default S5 IS or FZ50?

    So, I'm looking at selling up all my SLR gear (it's just to bulky to carry around) and getting either a Canon S5 IS (due out in July) or a Panasonic FZ50. Anyone had experience with the FZ50 or the older S3? What'd people here recommend?

    Canon S5 IS

    http://www.canon.com.au/products/cam...rshotS5IS.aspx

    Panasonic FZ50

    http://panasonic.com.au/products/det...?objectID=3304
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    Have you checked out dpreview.com?

    I haven't had experience with either camera.

    In a general brand response, Panasonic is making some great cameras these days but I think that Canon beats them in low light sensor performance. From the Panasonics I've used they start get grainy at anything higher than 100 ISO.
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    I've never really looked at the FZ50 before, but after checking it out and some reviews I'd be seriously considering it over the S3 or S5.

    It's got a bigger sensor, which goes some way to address the high ISO noise differences. Mechanical zoom. Raw format. Rechargeable battery (which may or may not be an advantage over AA's). Wide-screen movie mode (with higher resolution).

    That said, the S5 does look like a very nice camera, which is smaller and lighter if that's a concern. It really depends on what you want to use it for, and what compromises you're willing to accept.

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    I'll wait until I've had a play with the S5 to comment on this one, but I'm not a huge fan of the FZ-50

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