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    p1050010.jpgHello friends.

    I am a little bit uncertain about the images I get from the end of the optical zoom of my camera (x24). It may be the settings that I have had during shooting the moon (handheld, since unfortunately it was not a planned shot) Does your optical zoom perform better? It is still under guarantee, should I send it back to be checked? The picture uploaded with the UV filter taken off. In the digital zoom it must have been my manual setting on time that created a totally crap pic due to camera shaking although the function was turned on automatic. Any suggestions? Settings 100 iso, focus to infinity, auto white balance, aperture f8

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    widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
    30 Sep 2012 - 10:27 PM

    Hi i have the fz48 and they are not great under low light i took photos of the moon that had alot of noise.In good light they are great camerasSmile

    1 Oct 2012 - 8:11 AM

    Digital Zoom. Don't use this!!! All it does is magnify the centre of the image by cropping the file edges (ie removing file data). It also magnifies camera shake. You would be better not using it it and cropping the resulting file in PS. By all means use optical zoom, but don't forget your moon shot might be taken thru' atmospheric haze. It is a poor subject to check out a camera.

    Niknut e2 Member 4660 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom63 Constructive Critique Points
    1 Oct 2012 - 5:16 PM

    I've had a few really good images from my FZ45 at full stretch......but it needs good light !!!!!......poor/low light
    levels mean the lens will be wide-open at max. aperture (not good), & the shutter-speeds will be too low, even
    with the image-stabiliser on !!!

    So.....good light, with the camera well supported (tripod ?), & your shots should be fine !!!!


    Hi Niknut.... I remember seeing the picture of the moon clearer and bigger in the camera critique, that is why I was worried....

    Chrisjaz  3 France
    22 Oct 2012 - 12:13 PM

    I use this camera and i have had some good shots of the moon , try handheld night shot !

    Chrisjaz  3 France
    22 Oct 2012 - 12:24 PM

    This was taken on the auto setting and looking at the exif info sunset was choosen .

    Chrisjaz  3 France
    22 Oct 2012 - 12:28 PM


    sorry here it is , it does take a while to get to know this camera , i do love the camera , i like the fact that you don't have to carry lenses around with you and it pretty light to .


    Quote: This was taken on the auto setting and looking at the exif info sunset was choosen .

    I appreciate your input Chrisjaz, I am worried about my camera now having seen your shot!!!! This must be with the digital zoom..... mine is 3 times smaller,,,, Can you please let me know what was the lens length at the time? Thanks

    Chrisjaz  3 France
    24 Oct 2012 - 10:51 AM


    Sorry for the delay

    Exif data
    Camera Panasonic DMC-FZ48
    Exposure 0.006 sec (1/160)
    Aperture f/5.2
    Focal Length 108 mm
    ISO Speed 100
    Exposure Bias 0 EV
    Flash Off, Did not fire
    Orientation Horizontal (normal)
    X-Resolution 180 dpi
    Y-Resolution 180 dpi
    Software Ver.1.0
    Date and Time (Modified) 2012:05:03 09:19:45
    YCbCr Positioning Co-sited
    Exposure Program Program AE
    Date and Time (Original) 2012:05:03 09:19:45
    Date and Time (Digitized) 2012:05:03 09:19:45
    Compressed Bits Per Pixel 4
    Max Aperture Value 5.2
    Metering Mode Multi-segment
    Light Source Unknown
    Color Space sRGB
    Sensing Method One-chip color area
    Custom Rendered Normal
    Exposure Mode Auto
    White Balance Auto
    Digital Zoom Ratio 1.6
    Focal Length (35mm format) 1349 mm
    Scene Capture Type Standard
    Gain Control None
    Contrast Normal
    Saturation Normal
    Sharpness Normal
    Image Quality High
    Firmware Version
    White Balance Auto
    Focus Mode Auto
    AFMode Auto or Face Detect
    Image Stabilization On, Mode 1
    Macro Mode Off
    Shooting Mode Sunset
    Audio No
    Data Dump (Binary data 8200 bytes, use -b option to extract)
    Flash Bias 0
    Internal Serial Number (O04) 2011:08:30 no. 0301
    Panasonic Exif Version 0370
    Color Effect Off
    Time Since Power On 00:00:52.32
    Burst Mode Off
    Sequence Number 0
    Contrast Medium Low
    Noise Reduction Standard
    Self Timer Off
    Rotation Horizontal (normal)
    AFAssist Lamp Disabled and Not Required
    Color Mode Normal
    Baby Age (not set)
    Optical Zoom Mode Extended
    Conversion Lens Off
    Travel Day n/a
    World Time Location Home
    Text Stamp Off
    Program ISO 100
    Advanced Scene Mode Normal
    Faces Detected 0
    Saturation Normal
    Sharpness Normal
    WBAdjust AB 0
    WBAdjust GM 0
    AFPoint Position 0.5 0.5
    Num Face Positions 0
    Faces Recognized 0
    Flash Warning No
    Maker Note Version 0139
    Scene Mode Sunset
    WBRed Level 1659
    WBGreen Level 1060
    WBBlue Level 1808
    Flash Fired No
    Compression JPEG (old-style)
    Orientation Horizontal (normal)
    MPFVersion 0100
    Number Of Images 2
    MPImage Flags Dependent parent image
    MPImage Format JPEG
    MPImage Type Baseline MP Primary Image
    MPImage Length 1220628
    MPImage Start 0
    Dependent Image1 Entry Number 2
    Dependent Image2 Entry Number 0
    MPImage Flags Dependent child image
    MPImage Format JPEG
    MPImage Type Large Thumbnail (full HD equivalent)
    MPImage Length 735052
    MPImage Start 1221120
    Dependent Image1 Entry Number 0
    Dependent Image2 Entry Number 0

    hope this helps i also have another shot and it is nearer again , it does take time to get to know your camera i still don't know all about it !
    I found a few weeks ago on the P setting you can use Macro zoom which i love to use .
    One thing i am finding hard to do is to get a shot of a waterfall with the water a blur on my FZ28 there was a creative bit you could use by putting a level up or down it was really good , i tried yesterday to get a waterfall shot and it was totally white over exposed.
    i have a Flickr account and if you want to see my pics taken with this camera here is the link http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisjaz/

    Good luck



    Thanks Chrisjaz Smile

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