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Old June 2nd, 2010, 10:39 AM   #1
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Canon SD4000 or Panasonic FX75

Howdy! I need some feedback on a choice between 2 pocket sized digital cameras.

Canon SD4000
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Panasonic FX75/FX70
Panasonic announces DMC-FX75/FX70 with F2.2-5.9 lens: Digital Photography Review

I'm using it as my every day carry around camera (when I don't feel like packing the 5D2 and 7D around).

What is important to me is:
1) low-ish light shooting (ie, inside - without flash, yes I know everything in this category technically sucks)
2) movie mode

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1) The Canon has a backlit CMOS, which supposedly makes it less noisy in low light. Is this marketing hype, or will it make a difference? It's also got an extra f0.2 at the wide end. I do a lot of non-flash "lower light" shooting with my pocket cam, so everything helps. I'd much rather go with the 24mm lens on the Panny, but if the Canon has a significant advantage in low light, it wins.

2) Which movie mode should be better? Canon with H264 Quicktimes, or Panny with AVCHD Lite?

I can afford to wait a couple months (the Panny isn't out till August) if there is anything else coming down the pipe shortly.
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Old June 15th, 2010, 12:05 AM   #2
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May be worth a look at Sony (yeah, not much in the manual control department, thank you Sony!).

Personally have the DSC HX5V and DSC TX7 - full 1080 AVCHD (no "lite", or 720, last years models had that and I never did find acceptable importing to Vegas...). Backlit CMOS does make a difference, but the overall camera design comes into play. Sony also added SDHC compatibility this year, so no more proprietary MS format.

Sony tends to have a lot of "intelligent auto" with minimal user override, but the results aren't bad, and the 1080 video would have been top of the heap from a high end consumer cam 3-4 years ago. Not bad for "pocketable".

As bonuses they do have some "trick" modes that stretch the low light/difficult light capability in still mode, you have to learn how to use them though, and they aren't what I'd call intuitive - but fairly effective.
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Old March 15th, 2011, 11:58 PM   #3
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Re: Canon SD4000 or Panasonic FX75

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Howdy! I need some feedback on a choice between 2 pocket sized digital cameras.
My old ex wanted me to buy her a "good" pocket video camera for her birthday, and I went with the Canon SD4000IS. Although she has some issues with focus-hunting, I still think the first (and only) video she's shot so far looks pretty good, at least for a camera like this. This she shot last Saturday:

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Old March 22nd, 2011, 11:49 PM   #4
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I bought an S95 as soon as they came out. Loving it! :)
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