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Old Aug 21, 2010, 2:33 PM   #1
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I've had the camera three days now and been trying to figure out all the settings. First two days I didn't have a lot of time to spend with it and wasn't to happy with the pictures I was seeing... but with playing with the settings, reading the manual and forum hints, things are starting to come together.

So.... from my front porch, hand held, at full zoom is my hummingbird.

The next one I took also from the same position, same settings while I was waiting for more hummingbirds. Neighbors mailbox across the road. I wasn't trying for anything artistic here. I just wanted to see how the camera was at focusing at a far object when something else was closer.

Time now for a walk. Fortunately I live right next to Gunpowder State Park so I hauled my fat butt up the road and walked next to the river. The rest of the shots are just trying the camera out.
Hmmm.. and I've reached a 5 file upload limit.
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Old Aug 21, 2010, 3:08 PM   #2
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Those look really good...glad you are having fun with it....
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Old Aug 21, 2010, 3:47 PM   #3
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ddandb - I feel the same way - first few shots weren't very good - they were at night using flash. The weather cleared up a bit and the sun came out so I went bug huntin'.
(I left the hammer inside)

Here are the first few shots - I stepped down exposure to -1/3.


P mode (I think)- 16:9 - NR -2 (not sure) film mode - Nature

No post processing was done - SOOC (straight out of the camera)
















As you can see - zooming in too much shows a lot of rough edges but "unzooming" a few times helps on the IQ

















What I like -
from 0 to 24 X looks great
glad to have a flip out LCD again (saves the knees)
LCD is excellent in direct sunlight
Quick menu button nice
Dedicated ISO button

What I don't like -
No quick menu setting for Stabilizer to select Mode 1 or 2
USB door for connecting to the PC is aggravating to open (FZ35 much easier for my butter fingers)
Noise at the extended optical zooms (might be my settings)
Small selector wheel is a bit hard to feel and turn with my thumb
No specific "spot focus" - you can reduce the size of the focal point by pressing the Focus button on the barrel and then rotating the wheel but if you change modes the focal area defaults back to the larger square.

That's about all I've done so far. More to follow.
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Old Aug 21, 2010, 4:05 PM   #4
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So, how does the FZ100 compare to the FZ38 regarding the image quality? Is it really worth to switch from an FZ38 to an FZ100?
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Some of my stuff on vimeo (all shot with an FZ-35):
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with LC55 macro lens: www.vimeo.com/13884313
Zeeland: www.vimeo.com/14488204
The old mill: www.vimeo.com/14577326
autoHDR: www.vimeo.com/15797552
soccer kids: www.vimeo.com/17208358
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Old Aug 21, 2010, 4:26 PM   #5
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Joho - I think it depends on your needs.
I think in some areas IQ on the FZ35/38 is going to be better because of the sensor being used.

I haven't done any burst shots or hi def videos yet.


Here are a few more shots

iA mode - shows good zoom to 24 x
look for the bird bath between the crepe myrtle trees











Now - switch over to P mode and compare ISO's from 100 to 1600

ISO 100





ISO 200





ISO 400



ISO 800





ISO 1600






At 800 and 1600 ISO they loose a lot of IQ.

Be aware that I have done very little tweaking, so there maybe a way to improve some of the shots.
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Some great shot there, keep them coming.
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Scooby - it's not looking too good

Indoor shots - with flash - P mode - different ISO's
Looks if you stay outdoors in bright sunlight and stay at 100 ISO you will be OK.
But that sort of limits things - arrgggg!!!

I made the album public so you can see the EXIF info
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Which brings me to this...
ISO 800 so I could increase the shutter speed in the hopes of catching him on the 'wing'. I'm getting a lot of noise now.
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AVCHD video looks great. I wish there was a way to show it here.
Of course I don't have a DVD player that works with AVCHD. That was exciting trying to figure that out, but I did find some converter programs so all is good and... my son has some kind of gaming system that you can play them in.
Anyway I tried it out having no idea what I was doing. My granddaughters were riding there bikes, saw me with the camera and stopped and smiled (warning to others.. tell everyone you are taking a video or your not going to get much action).
Filmed them riding down the road, around a big bush and back up past me. Stayed focused automatically and was able to zoom in and out smoothly.
Playback, when I finally got it figured out, was better then I thought it would ever be.
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That's exactly what I'm experiencing - 400 and above ISO really noisy and dark.
If you are in the sunlight and stay at 100 ISO your fine but that sort of limits your shutter speed.
That's why I wanted to take a few inside with low light and flash. So far the results I'm getting in the P mode and iA aren't very good.
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