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Just another comment. I was caught out by the lack of any wider angle on this camera (35mm lens length-equivalent on 35mm film size SLR camera).
As a keen still togger I feel a but ashamed actually, but there are just so many things to think about and the camera is a little beaut otherwise.
If you were looking to do inside shots and crowd scenes, or building facades even, IMO you will need to look for wider zoom or get a W/A extender. That will cost money and degrade your image to a greater or lesser degree.
So I reckon do what I did not and at _least_ look at shots at wide angle on the camera, (there are tests on youtube), or better try one out in a room and see what you think.
I find it a problem even shooting vids of my dogs running about: if they come within a couple of metres I run out of W/A field and that’s that….well….that’s one of them. The other two are about 1/4 the size :D. I will definitely be looking at a W/A adaptor.
The 12X zoom in to an equiv of 420mm is way powerful enough: if you are desperate you can always crop a bit in post process. You can’t get stuff from beyond the edge of a W/A shot! 🙂
Here is the camera with and without a WA extender. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCxUO-qt4CY. I have used Raynox and they are very good at HD video level. Only with a really good DSLR does the loss become critical, and I just will not use extenders at either end for DSLR work….but I am a snob, and reckon my photos are worth it, pixel peeper that I am. 😀