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mblue1 Feb 16, 2005 10:28 PM

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Here is another pic I took at work. Again, I think the pic looks a bit soft. As for using the full 12X zoom, I guess you are going to notice high noise level for cameras in this range, unless you're willing to spend thousands of dollars to get that professional result.

Also, in case some of you haven't heard yet, Panasonic is expected to release the Lumix DMC- LZ1/LZ2 (go to Dpreview for a sneak look at these two small, compatct cameras) in March. From what I've read, they sound like a real winner to me. Size is about the same size as the Canon Elph type point and shoot cameras. I'm actually considering buying either the LZ1 (priced at $259 with 4MP) or the LZ2 (priced at $299 with 5MP) instead of keeping the FZ3. I don't know, maybe the 12X zoom isn't that essential; the zoom at 6X seem to be pretty adequate.

Here isa snippet of the new cameras:

Panasonic is introducing the incoming LUMIX models 5.0-megapixel DMC-LZ2 and 4.0-megapixel DMC-LZ1, incorporating MEGA O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer) and 6x optical zoom(equivalent to 37mm to 222mm on a 35mm film camera) lens, that run on 2 AA batteries. Panasonic is the first company in the industry to have succeeded in incorporating MEGA O.I.S. into a compact digital camera. Compared to the previous models, the DMC-LC80/70/50, the image processor Venus Engine has been upgraded to the newly developed Venus Engine Plus, which achieves about 50% low energy consumption while providing even higher image quality and quick response. The new models have a large 2.0 inch TRM(Transmissive with Micro Reflective) LCD display which is extremely easy to view, even outdoors on bright, sunny days. And despite the equipment of optical 6x zoom lens unit, the body size is yet as compact as ordinary AA-battery operated 3x optical zoom camera.

Treemonkey Feb 16, 2005 10:35 PM

Can you please post your exif data so we can figure out what setting you are using, they will have a massive effect on picture quality.

mblue1 Feb 16, 2005 10:40 PM

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Of course, and here it is. But please, give me your honest assessment of my picture.

mblue1 Feb 16, 2005 10:42 PM

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Here is another sample pic.

mblue1 Feb 16, 2005 10:44 PM

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specs for the second photo.

Treemonkey Feb 16, 2005 10:57 PM

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I would say that the first image is a little soft but your camera sharpness setting is set to soft so that would be expected. The image looks ok other than that, colours are fine. I dont know the conversion factor for the zoom so I couldnt work out from your exif data what zoom you were at. I sharpened one of your photos in PS. I think it looks better.

mblue1 Feb 16, 2005 11:04 PM

A huge improvement. I can see the difference, clearly. You say you used PS, is it similar tophotobase? In terms of sharpening up a picture in daytime, what recommendations can you give me, if you can offer any?


Treemonkey Feb 16, 2005 11:14 PM

First of all I would use the on camera sharpening to see if that can give the results you want. I would personally have it set to normal rather than soft.
I dont know how the programs differ, I used unsharp mask to sharpen as you can have more control over the process but you could just use a general sharpen tool to do it quicker and with less playing around with settings.


nooner Feb 16, 2005 11:28 PM

PS is Photoshop and it offers many more options for post processing than Photobase. As a start Photobase does have a simple sharpening tool in the editor. Try it to get a feel for what it does. I agree with Tree about changing camera settings. Experiment. As far as changing cameras, I think you need to learn your skills rather than swapping hardware.

willow1 Feb 17, 2005 12:49 AM

very true as to what TM and nooner are saying..most of the time its a over looked setting of some sort...just keep trying....:G

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