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Andre Adeodato Nov 17, 2010 10:35 PM

FZ40 Best settings?
My FZ40 is coming tomorrow and I would now ask for help from everyone to know what the best settings to get the best IQ, including the use of teleconverter

BackyardPermaculture Nov 18, 2010 7:31 AM

Hi Andre,

I only have experience with the fixed lens. I've found some posts on another forum, and experimented from there.

I think I have Cont 0, Shar 0, Sat +1, NR -1.
Try to keep ISO low (I fix it 80 outdoors).
WB is interesting; someone suggested 5000K for sunlight, with fine tuning 1 up and 6 left in the next screen - seems good.
Other settings for metering etc. depend on how you use it. I like to set AF/AE Lock to AE, in conjunction with spot metering.

Enjoy the FZ40 :)

Tullio Nov 18, 2010 10:59 AM


Originally Posted by BackyardPermaculture (Post 1167694)
Try to keep ISO low (I fix it 80 outdoors).

Fixing ISO at its lowest value is not a very good idea for at least a couple of reasons: 1) You'll forget to change when light condition is not as good and the camera will then lower the shutter speed below acceptable levels and you'll end up with blurry images caused by camera shake; 2) most cameras these days can handle ISO up to 800 fairly well. It's always better to deal with noise (fixable) than camera shake issues (not fixable). If you are really paranoid about noise, set the camera to cap at ISO 400 and set the ISO to iAUTO. This way, the ISO increments will be more granular than ISO AUTO. For instance, with ISO set to AUTO, the camera goes 100, 200, 400, 800, etc. until it reaches its cap while in iAUTO the camera may go 100, 125, 320, etc., it goes just high enough to keep the shutter speed at acceptable levels.

BackyardPermaculture Nov 18, 2010 6:00 PM


Good points about ISO. I've actually got one of my custom settings for bright outdoors set to ISO 80 (although auto would probably select 80 in those conditions anyway...) and I've been really happy with it. I've got my P mode usually on auto ISO with a limit of 400.

Tullio Nov 18, 2010 6:13 PM

There is no doubt that ISO 80 will give you the best results in terms of IQ.

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