Panasonic DMC FZ8 vs. Fujifilm Finepix S6000/6500fd

Comments welcome:

Panasonic FZ8

Pros: 1. 12X optical zoom w/ reliable OIS ;

         2. Light & realitively compact! 340 g/113 x 72 x 79 mm (Lithium-ion batteries);  Possible for me to carry around!

         3. Affordable (Around $300, including battery; SD cards are also cheap)

Cons: 1. No wide-angle (Can buy an inexpensive wide-angle converter at around $40 on Ebay but the quality is not guaranteed)

          2. 1/2.5″ CCD, picture quality not as great as Fuji; noise problems at low ISO settings + too much noise reduction at high ISO (used Panasonic FZ5 once and was not sure I liked the color and pictures esp. those shot in very bright light; didn’t try it in very low light though)

Fuji S6000fd

Pros: 1. Very attractive 28-300mm (10.7X) zoom

         2. 1/1.7″ CCD, very good image quality esp. in low light conditions; SLR-like

         3. Similarly affordable (Around $250 after rebates at this time; AA batteries cost nothing; but 2Gb XD card is around $50)

Cons: 1. Too bulky, 700 g /131 x 98 x 128 mm , even heavier & bigger than many DSLRs, too inconvenient to carry :((((((((((

          2. No OIS, questionable usability at tele end of zoom (but there won’t be too much need for a really long end zoom for me)

          3. XD cards always turn me off (but I can try to overcome it…)

What I want/need:  

Portability / Wide-angle & long zoom -__-b / Sharp pictures w/ vivid color / Durability

 

Not sure whether I missed anything… but so far I really couldn’t make up my mind 🙁

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

 

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