Ultra Zoom Cameras – Canon S2 IS vs. Panasonic FZ5

UPDATE:

2/22/06 Dpreview has posted information on the newly announced Canon S3 IS Camera which will be replacing the S2. The biggest difference is that it now has a 6 megapixel sensor but there are many other new features as well. You can read more at the site by clicking here

12/12/05 BoingBoing put up a blurb on the FZ5 today here with great praise. I’m surprised there was no mention of the Canon.

I ended up getting the Canon S2. You can get more info on it HERE. The dealmaker for me was the video mode of the Canon. The interesting thing is that my brother ended up getting the Panasonic FZ5.

I am about to buy a new ultra zoom digital camera and have been doing research on the current crop of contenders.

Here are the four current choices as I see it. There are other Ultra zooms, but only these provide what I believe is a required feature…Image Stabilization

I personally have limited my decision to either the Canon or Panasonic. The Panasonic has been out for a little while and has gotten great reviews. All of these cameras are priced similarly in the ~400-500 range. I was just about to pull the trigger on the Panny and then heard about the Canon. I’m waiting to see some reviews before I make my final decision.

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My E3 2005 Experience – Xbox 360, PS3, Booth Babes and more…

[Note: DDR John footage is still on the cutting room floor but will appear soon…be sure to return, I promise it will be worth it!!!]

So I used to be in the videogame biz several years ago having been employed by gamefan.com as director of development. Basically I managed a great team of developers, html / graphic artists and others and co-coordinated with the editorial team to build a custom content management system that powered the engine used to produce the site. I?m a casual gamer but I really enjoy following the biz.

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