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Old Jul 3, 2008, 5:26 AM   #1
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How far are you willing to go to get the best out of either?

I ask this because the FZ50, shot usingRAW capture is capable of superb performanceup toISO 400 or, in some cases even 800, but it also means dealing with 20MB RAW files and working out the workflow in your converter of choice to get those best possible results. Just shooting RAW doesn't guaranteegreat or even goodresults. Unless you get the settings right in the converter, the results can be no better or worse the the in-camera JPEG engine produces. At ISO 100 and 200, I actually prefer JPEG capture with the FZ50. From ISO 400, you really need to use RAW capturebecause of the color and overzealous noise reduction issues with the Venus III engine at higher ISO settings.

The TZ5 is a HUGE improvement compared to the TZ3. ISO 100 and 200 files look really nice. So do ISO 400 files in most cases, but a properly processed RAW file shot at ISO 400 with the FZ50 will be nicer/cleaner.

Here are some FZ50RAW files, covering a range of ISO 100-800..

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/galler...7_MjMq6#P-1-15

The TZ5 is a great compacttravel camera..

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/galler...96939589_cmkXQ

The FZ50 isn't that big at all, and also makes for a great travel camera..

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/galler...00886345_VkZvE

Check out, in particular, the paintings in the above folder that were shot by available lightin the Louve that begin here..

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/galler...01530333_Tvj7N

Those were shot using JPEG capture, not RAW,at ISO 200. Shutter speeds were slow, but a combination of the OIS system and the relativelyfast lensmade it easier to get those shots.

One great additional feature of the FZ50 is being able to fit conversion lenses that only have to be screwed onto the front element. The Panasonic wide conversion lens DMW-LW55 in particular is quite good. Several of the Paris images in theabove linkwere shot with it, which gives you a wide angle equivalent of 24mm, but here's another small set of images where it was used..

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/galler...19539137_dth5m


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How far are you willing to go to get the best out of either?

I ask this because the FZ50, shot usingRAW capture is capable of superb performanceup toISO 400 or, in some cases even 800, but it also means dealing with 20MB RAW files and working out the workflow in your converter of choice to get those best possible results. Just shooting RAW doesn't guaranteegreat or even goodresults. Unless you get the settings right in the converter, the results can be no better or worse the the in-camera JPEG engine produces. At ISO 100 and 200, I actually prefer JPEG capture with the FZ50. From ISO 400, you really need to use RAW capturebecause of the color and overzealous noise reduction issues with the Venus III engine at higher ISO settings.

The TZ5 is a HUGE improvement compared to the TZ3. ISO 100 and 200 files look really nice. So do ISO 400 files in most cases, but a properly processed RAW file shot at ISO 400 with the FZ50 will be nicer/cleaner.

Here are some FZ50RAW files, covering a range of ISO 100-800..

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/galler...7_MjMq6#P-1-15

The TZ5 is a great compacttravel camera..

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/galler...96939589_cmkXQ

The FZ50 isn't that big at all, and also makes for a great travel camera..

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/galler...00886345_VkZvE

Check out, in particular, the paintings in the above folder that were shot by available lightin the Louve that begin here..

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/galler...01530333_Tvj7N

Those were shot using JPEG capture, not RAW,at ISO 200. Shutter speeds were slow, but a combination of the OIS system and the relativelyfast lensmade it easier to get those shots.

One great additional feature of the FZ50 is being able to fit conversion lenses that only have to be screwed onto the front element. The Panasonic wide conversion lens DMW-LW55 in particular is quite good. Several of the Paris images in theabove linkwere shot with it, which gives you a wide angle equivalent of 24mm, but here's another small set of images where it was used..

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/galler...19539137_dth5m

Greg,

Thank you very, very much for your elaboration. Pleasing site with excellent pictures. I understand you know the camera very well. Many can benefit from this reply

I have Canon equipment, but the G9 is too limiting. 400 ASA is the light sensitivity I use the most but I am used to PP in CS3 and Noise Ninja

One might wonder who makes the algorithms used for different processors

Thank you again. Much appreciated. Now you gave me another option, the TZ5 :-)

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Great images, Greg-

Thanks for posting them.

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Sarah!

Nice to see you back on the forums. You've obviously been a busy lady lately!

Thank you for the comments.
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