Update on the camera pondering

What about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10? Panasonic is not a name I’d associate with cameras, but I’ve read a couple of good reviews.
I really should add a little about what I’m looking for here. I need something that is fairly fully featured, and would suit someone (i.e. me) who is fairly camera-savvy but likes something that is reasonably easy to use. It will mainly be used for work, so it needs to have a good macro capability, allowing me to get a full-frame shot of an individual flower or flower head. It also needs to have a flash so that it can double as a general workhorse for record shots and day-to-day snapping. And, because the photos are likely to be used for posters and larger size printing, 4 or 5 megapixels would be preferred – 3 is not enough.
One of the problems that I have with all three of the cameras that I’ve looked at so far is their size – the Panasonic in particular is quite bulky, and since it will often be carried with me when I’m travelling, it would be useful if it was small enough to slip into my laptop bag. I think the Panasonic fails that test.

More research needed.

2 Replies to “Update on the camera pondering”

  1. Have you thought about the Canon Powershot range? Mine is the 3MB one but they do ‘bigger’ models. All feature a pretty decent macro and the ability to capture RAW images (better for posters as they aren’t compressed). Only downside is battery life, but it’s not that bad really.

  2. They only do 4 megapixel versions, and the best they offer is 4x optical zoom – the other models I’ve looked at are 8x mostly. The A80 is very good value, but the other Powershots are not much cheaper than the more fully-featured ones I’ve mentioned already.

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