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DMC-FZ45 Optical zoom x24

pablophotographer 6 952 335
30 Sep 2012 10:18PM

Hello 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 5 406 2 Scotland
30 Sep 2012 10:27PM
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
Newdevonian 5 466 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2012 8:11AM
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 Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2012 5:16PM
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 !!!!
pablophotographer 6 952 335
1 Oct 2012 5:34PM
Hi Niknut.... I remember seeing the picture of the moon clearer and bigger in the camera critique, that is why I was worried....
Chrisjaz 6 14 France
22 Oct 2012 12:13PM
I use this camera and i have had some good shots of the moon , try handheld night shot !
Chrisjaz 6 14 France
22 Oct 2012 12:24PM

This was taken on the auto setting and looking at the exif info sunset was choosen .
Chrisjaz 6 14 France
22 Oct 2012 12:28PM

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 .
pablophotographer 6 952 335
22 Oct 2012 2:01PM

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 6 14 France
24 Oct 2012 10:51AM

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

pablophotographer 6 952 335
24 Oct 2012 6:27PM
Thanks Chrisjaz Smile

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