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Old Oct 11, 2004, 10:46 AM   #1
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Two things that have worked well for me with the FZ20: Use spot focus and focus lock before pressing the shutter all the way. It will focus quickly and accurately. Second, don't use auto white balance. I've noticed that selecting the appropriate white balance for the environment you are in provides better color representation. Also, some say the focus is soft I have not really seen this but Panasonic's website does say it has a soft focus. I love my FZ20
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Old Oct 11, 2004, 11:37 AM   #2
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Have you changed the sharpness setting to high to offset the soft focus?
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Old Oct 11, 2004, 12:49 PM   #3
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I have tried the camera's built in sharpening. It works but I prefer using Photoshop to sharpen. I like my photos a little soft anyway. Mode 2 image stabilization seems to work better than mode one. Any coments?
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Old Oct 11, 2004, 4:01 PM   #4
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Well, never run mode 1 on a tripod (dcresources.com).
Problem with mode 1 in normal use is that the IS element can be at the end of its range when you go to shoot so it can't compensate. Mode 2, it doesn't move off of center till you press the shutter the rest of the way. Probably makes manual focusing a hand held shot more difficult.

Mode 2 is supposed to be about 10 times more effective than mode 1.
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Old Oct 11, 2004, 11:14 PM   #5
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Why would you have the OIS turned on at all if the camera is on a tripod :?

Having used Canon dSLRs and their excellent IS lenses I can tell you that they recommend that you turn the IS off when using a tripod.


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