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Cheapest I have seen this yet for this highly rated bridge camera. I've had it for around 2 months and have been very impressed. Not quite up to DSLR standards, but much more versatile, smaller to lug around and a lot cheaper.
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#1
Good price for a superb camera, best of the bridge cameras. I have the FZ28 and this one is a little bit better.
#2
This isn't a bridge camera. It's a mid-range superzoom. A bridge camera would be something like a Canon G-series. Expect to pay £300+ for something that qualifies as a bridge camera.
#3
HedgyHoggy;8948089
This isn't a bridge camera. It's a mid-range superzoom. A bridge camera would be something like a Canon G-series. Expect to pay £300+ for something that qualifies as a bridge camera.


Every review and discussion I have seen describes this as a bridge camera and most reviews say it's the best bridge camera available at present. You might have your own opinion, but you appear to be in a minority. It's certainly everything that I would expect in a bridge camera.
#4
merlinthehappypig
Every review and discussion I have seen describes this as a bridge camera and most reviews say it's the best bridge camera available at present. You might have your own opinion, but you appear to be in a minority. It's certainly everything that I would expect in a bridge camera.


Agreed.
#5
merlinthehappypig
Every review and discussion I have seen describes this as a bridge camera and most reviews say it's the best bridge camera available at present. You might have your own opinion, but you appear to be in a minority. It's certainly everything that I would expect in a bridge camera.


Agreed, Agreed!
#6
Canon G(x) and Panasonic F(x) are both bridge cameras series :)

Panasonic F(x) bridge between "point-and-shoot" and DSLR
Canon G(x) bridge between "point-and-shoot" and Viewfinder APS (Leica, Olympus Pen, etc.)
#7
Good camera for the money but I'm pretty sure the new version is due soon (if you care about that).
#8
does anyone know if these are grey imports or have full UK warranty?
#9
certainly is a bridge camera
#10
I paid some £250 for this back a few months ago at Jessops. Very nice camera!
#11
debbuck
does anyone know if these are grey imports or have full UK warranty?


Come on man... Amazon ain't gonna flog you a grey import!
#12
excellent camera, still getting used to mine :)
#13
debbuck
does anyone know if these are grey imports or have full UK warranty?


The EB in the model number means its genuine british stock.
#14
HedgyHoggy
This isn't a bridge camera. It's a mid-range superzoom. A bridge camera would be something like a Canon G-series. Expect to pay £300+ for something that qualifies as a bridge camera.

Not at all - only Canon seem to be budging past £300 and £400 for a bridge with the ridiculous pricing of the G11.
#15
How does the HD video on this compare to a Flip Ultra HD?

Sorry for the noob question, I know its a camera but I heard this also does very good video.

If the video is not good, can someone recommend a similar price camera that can do good low light 720p video. Thx.
#16
Voted cold ..... because it's not a bridge camera.

LOL
#17
oceanblue1
How does the HD video on this compare to a Flip Ultra HD?

Sorry for the noob question, I know its a camera but I heard this also does very good video.

If the video is not good, can someone recommend a similar price camera that can do good low light 720p video. Thx.


not sure on low light, but i have found video to be pretty darn good. sound is fantastic, better than i would expect. Plus 18x zoom available is handy :)
#18
HedgyHoggy
This isn't a bridge camera. It's a mid-range superzoom. A bridge camera would be something like a Canon G-series. Expect to pay £300+ for something that qualifies as a bridge camera.


this is another one of those Sony better than Onkyo but now moved from cinema receiver to cameras?? I love this site :thumbsup:

love it.

PS this is a bridge camera :-D
#19
was going to flog my FZ20 & go for a TZ7 & sacrifice bigger Leica lens until I saw this. but will definitely will have to start saving
#20
montana78
was going to flog my FZ20 & go for a TZ7 & sacrifice bigger Leica lens until I saw this. but will definitely will have to start saving


very little money between this and the TZ 7, so you wont have to save too much more :thumbsup:
#21
is this a bridge camera?
#22
earwolfigz
is this a bridge camera?


More of a tunnel camera if you ask me.
#23
shanecr
very little money between this and the TZ 7, so you wont have to save too much more :thumbsup:


dont really have that much money for the TZ7. LOL!!! i got trade in price of 54.00 for my mint condition FZ20@ CEX :w00t:

always kept in my lowe pro bag & never dropped. no scratch or dent. will try sell it privately.

though its a 5.3Megapixel the picture kills most 10-12MP compact camera's out there thanks to its lens

compared them to my mates camera's :)
#24
I've got the FZ28 which is a forerunner to this one and it is a fantastic camera for the non expert who wants a light, small camera that does it all without the need to carry loads of accessories about. I paid £230 18 months ago so this is a great deal for this newer, improved model.

Here's some HD video I took on that one of Nik Kershaw mostly on full 18x zoom with the sound from the built in mike: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0h3svII_goA - I was leaning against a tree hence the shake etc but for what it was I thought it came out OK. But this is the only video I ever took on it just to see what it would look like.

I anticipate keeping this camera for years as it does everything I could ever want and is almost completely adjustable should you want to stray away from its own 'intelligent' mode.
#25
A cracking camera, payed out £240 only a few months ago for this and well worth the money. There may be a new version coming out soon but they seem to hold their price reasonably well so a worth while investment to any keen photographer which can't commit or afford a DSLR.
#26
ronmanager
I've got the FZ28 which is a forerunner to this one and it is a fantastic camera for the non expert who wants a light, small camera that does it all without the need to carry loads of accessories about. I paid £230 18 months ago so this is a great deal for this newer, improved model.

Here's some HD video I took on that one of Nik Kershaw mostly on full 18x zoom with the sound from the built in mike: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0h3svII_goA - I was leaning against a tree hence the shake etc but for what it was I thought it came out OK. But this is the only video I ever took on it just to see what it would look like.

I anticipate keeping this camera for years as it does everything I could ever want and is almost completely adjustable should you want to stray away from its own 'intelligent' mode.


looked at the video but I still think that its a good camera :whistling:
#27
Probably the best 'bridge' camera in this price range so HOT.

Bear in mind you can take arguably 'better' pictures on much cheaper cameras (for example my daughter's £80 Canon IS1100); but even she comes running for the Panny if she wants video or needs some of it's telephoto range. :thumbsup:
1 Like #28
wombat6025
Probably the best 'bridge' camera in this price range so HOT.

Bear in mind you can take arguably 'better' pictures on much cheaper cameras (for example my daughter's £80 Canon IS1100); but even she comes running for the Canon if she wants video or needs some of it's telephoto range. :thumbsup:


Don't you mean Panasonic? Or am I being thick ('cos that happens quite regularly)?
HH.
#29
I filmed this yesterday with my FZ38 at Thorpe Park. The Movie mode was MPEG at the time. Conditions were bright and sunny.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVwejatdpKQ
#30
I spoke to my friend who got it. He mention that each video you record can not be bigger than something around 10 minutes. And the compresion is not the best (something around 1 gb/10min). Can somebody confirm this?

Can you also recommend something similar but with higher limit of recording video and better compression?

Cheers
#31
scissorhands64
I spoke to my friend who got it. He mention that each video you record can not be bigger than something around 10 minutes. And the compresion is not the best (something around 1 gb/10min). Can somebody confirm this?

Can you also recommend something similar but with higher limit of recording video and better compression?

Cheers


This is true and it all has to do with EU Tax Laws. The FZ38 will record a maximum of 8.5 minutes in MPeg-4 mode and 30 minutes in AVCHD mode. That is per click of the record button.
#32
Bobbins......

I paid £225 for this, and the day the ship (30 June), it reduces in price...

I sent an email to them asking for the difference but it's a big no no. The response:

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The discounts we offer for items on our website do vary from time to time. I've checked your order ######### and found that we now offer a greater discount on "Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38EB-K Digital Camera - Black" than at the time you placed your order.

Unfortunately, we cannot extend a refund to you for the difference between the original price and the lower price you saw posted on our website.

While we don't always beat the best available price on every product, we do offer deep discounts on many thousands of items. From time to time, prices on some items will change due to special offers from suppliers and manufacturers or our inventory and sales volumes. When we can offer a lower price for new purchases we will, but we cannot extend these discounts to completed orders.

Please note that only orders placed on or before September 1, 2008 were eligible for a price difference refund under the Post-Order Price Guarantee policy. However, we do continue to offer our Pre-order price guarantee.
#33
I also have the FZ28 like several other people on here and since I bought it I find that my Canon dslr and range of lenses are hardly ever used. This price is less than I paid for the FZ28 and for what you pay you get an excellent camera.
#34
I also own the '38, its a great camera and I am delighted I got it
#35
If it has got manual controls, can I control the depth of field in the camera?
(As I want do some food photography)

Also, can I use zoom while capturing video?

Cheers!
#36
curry2night
If it has got manual controls, can I control the depth of field in the camera?
(As I want do some food photography)

Also, can I use zoom while capturing video?

Cheers!


Yes and Yes.
#37
I have the even older Fz18 - Never been disappointed with it. Takes some very good long range snaps - the mechanical stabaliser is excelent IMO.
#38
My brother has the FZ18, and I have the FZ28. This is a great series of cameras, which almost always receive outstanding reviews. I have also noticed that remaining stock always seems to hold its price well when a new model has been introduced. I think that is a testament to the quality of these cameras.
#39
I have a TZ7 and was considering changing it for one of these because low light performance on the TZ7 is quite poor. Pictures, even with flash look badly exposed and with very dull colours.
Would this camera be worth upgrading to or would it just be a very minor improvement in flash/ low light picture quality?
#40
MrHappy37;8953153
I have a TZ7 and was considering changing it for one of these because low light performance on the TZ7 is quite poor. Pictures, even with flash look badly exposed and with very dull colours.
Would this camera be worth upgrading to or would it just be a very minor improvement in flash/ low light picture quality?


Difficult to say as I haven't used a TZ7, but, in my opinion, the performance in low light is the one thing that I would mark the FZ38 down on. That's going to be true of all the bridge cameras though as the sensors are so much smaller than a DSLR. Flash is fine - it's just when you take dusk/night photos or in an unlit room on a longer shutter speed the results can be a little grainy. I've limited the ISO to 200 which helps a little, but results can still be variable.

I've no idea how to post pictures on here, but will happily e-mail you a few dusk/night pictures so you can judge for yourself if they are better than the TZ7 (making allowances for my technique, of course!)

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