DMC-ZS3 and DMC-ZS8: anybody had experience with both?

Started Oct 3, 2011 | Discussions thread
danielsonkin
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Re: DMC-ZS3 and DMC-ZS8: anybody had experience with both?

Hi Matt:

I am also a ZS3 owner and have thought about upgrading at some point. But I am a bit concerned that the IQ of the ZS series has decreased with the most recent models and I missed my opportunity for something as good as the ZS3 by not picking up a 5/7 before they disappeared. Erik (one of our forum members) picked up a ZS5 and really likes it. Maybe you can find a used one and purchase an extended warranty. From what I can tell, the IQ really went down after the 5/7 models.

You can check it out with the comparometer ( http://www.imaging-resource.com/IMCOMP/COMPS01.HTM ). Also dpreview did a review of the superzooms this summer and the ZS didn't really do as well as in the past ( http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/q311travelzoomgrouptest/ ).

I can't really speak to the ZR or FZ28, but FZs are a great line, but they are not your pocket camera like the ZS series. The FZ35 got a great rating with dpreview as well.

Maybe others may chime in.

Daniel
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