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Old Dec 22, 2004, 12:19 AM   #1
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I picked up the FZ1 for $179. People told me even though it has low megapixels it would be a good novice cam for my birdwatching because of the incredible zoom. I already upgraded to FZ2 firmware.

I am a bit overwhelmed. I turned on the digital zoom in the menu. Is autofocus of any use? It appears to be more a hinderance than a help.

Any suggestions on what features to try, etc, would be helpfull.
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Old Dec 22, 2004, 1:09 AM   #2
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Hi Wagg, Welcome to the forum! THe FZ1 is a great little camera.

This is how I set my camera up till I got use to it.

Digital zoom off.

Auto focus off.

Focus button set to the shutter button. (Half press gives you pre focus)

AE mode set to P

All the rest I left to standard or normal factory settings.

Now get out there and take some pictures to show us :|
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Old Dec 22, 2004, 1:38 AM   #3
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do a search on this forum and you may not be able to handle all the info on the FZ1
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Old Dec 22, 2004, 8:50 AM   #4
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The digital zoom should be used sparingly if at all. I never use it. Best ot turn it off. Make sure you have plenty of light. Indoor shots athigher zoom are not going to cut it. For birding, I would recommend getting the olympus c210 1.9x teleconverter for $40 from olympus emporium - google search. You will need a 55-52 step ring to fit it to the fz1 supplied adapter. Works great.

These are my default settings for my fz1v2, rain or shine, wide or zoom:
P Mode
AF Trigger Shutter
Cont AF Off
Spot Mode Off
WB Cloudy
ISO 100
EV -1/3
Picture Adjustment Standard
Quality Standard Compression
Picture Size 1600x1200
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Old Dec 22, 2004, 9:36 AM   #5
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Yes, I already searched for FZ1/2 info, that's why I posted.

Why wouldn't I want to use digital zoom?
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Old Dec 22, 2004, 11:22 AM   #6
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On the extreme end of the digital zoom things get really soft. I have used it when taking pictures of the moon and resized the picture (smaller brings back some of the sharpness) But that is the moon. It's huge! A bird on the other hand is rather small in comparison and you might want to crop the picture to get a little closer look at your subject. Like fmoore said The digital zoom should be used sparingly if at all. It's good advice! Try it for your self. Go take a picture of a tree or something that won't move. Use the digital zoom on one shot and the optical zoom on the next. See if you like one better than the other.
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Old Dec 22, 2004, 12:54 PM   #7
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There is no way you did any kind of search on this camera. How do I know? Bought the FZ1 like 9 months ago and learned more about this camera than my brain could have handled and you are asking the most basic question.

For some reason I can not back track on this forum like I used to. It only goes back 4 pages..instead of 20 pages plus.

anyways....still though...

check this out.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/forum.asp?forum=1033

back track over 450 pages with over 14,500 messages or do a search there.

also check out

http://www.dcresource.com/forums/for...0&daysprune=30
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