Brooks11: Thinking about purchasing this camera. I would like some feedback on how this camera works with the 7-14mm Lumix lens. Specifically fringing.
And if the camera (any camera actually) can produce excellent OOC Jpegs why not use it? Using in camera software vs software on a PC; does it really matter which one you use if it produces the desired results? Software is software; doesn't really matter where it physically resides.
Lovely shot but not my idea of spending time at the ocean...
So what can we extrapolate might show up in a future FZ250 now that the FZ70 specs have been released??
Same body as FZ70Obviously an articulated LCD screen. Of course the higher resolution viewfinderA leica branded lensfinally a rubberized eyecup.It's not gonna be weather sealed or magnesium.It aint gonna have a manual zoom ring.I cant see them going less than 16meg sensor from a marketing point of view.
My guess is the FZ250 is gonna be geared towards the enthusiast market and higher IQ. So maybe, just maybe it will have somewhat larger sensor and the Leica branded lens will be scaled back to 800 or 900 but continue with the f2.8 constant aprature. I believe there will be an emphasis on reduced noise and higher IQ. You will pay a premium price...
I am really looking forward to a release of this camera. I own an FZ150 (which I love) and a Nikon D5100 ( which I have yet to fully embrace).
tenorsaxman: Slow motorised zoom lens again! Panasonic had a great lens on the FZ50,fantastic construction and range despite its small size.The lens was let down by the sensor performance. If Panasonic used the same lens coupled with the improvements in the venus engine etc I would buy it.I'd love to get a good bridge camera so I don't have to lug all my heavy gear around just because I cant be without a camera,but the persistence with motorised zooms is annoying. Agree with the comments re telephoto range,500mm is more than enough, just give us a bigger sensor.Note to manufacturers- give us what we want not what you think we want!
Actually IMO I like the motorized zoom on these so called "bridge" cameras. I prefer them over a manual zoom. So, you sir, please do not presume to know what all bridge camera purchasers want. But as far as 1200mm being excessive I would have to agree with you. But hey, if the picture quality is not half bad, why not. I can think situations where it might come in handy. I don't think at $399 most folks are expecting $6000 lens quality. If Panasonic could get these into the big box stores (Best buy) they'd have no problem selling tons of them...
Don051348: I miss the G5 and GH2 hump....
I think it's time for Panny to introduce a a 150-300 PZ lens to complement the 45-150PZ. Coming from a FZ150 and a Oly C8080 I like the idea of zooming from a lever on the camera body.
I guess I should have said it's time for Panny to introduce a a 175-300 PZ lens to complement the 45-175PZ lens...
I miss the G5 and GH2 hump....
Love this shot. Absolutely love it. A private moment between mother and child captured for eternity.
Can you share what you did in post processing, etc?
Chris Tofalos: A welcome addition which increases low-light capabilities. As a professional user I can't wait for this and the complimentary 35-100/F2.8 to arrive on the shelves. I'll then be ditching my entire (and heavy) Canon outfit completely.
A 100-300/F4, 200-500/F5.6 and a 2x converter would give me every lens I would ever be likely to need...
I'm with you on the 100-300, but make it a 300-500 (I hate when there is overlap in the zoom range). Or offer some larger telephoto primes after the 100-300, though I'm sure the cost would be prohibitive for most folks (including me).
Just held onto one of these in a Best Buy. The larger size is much nicer to hold in my opinion than the A55, which was too small for my tastes. Not sure what this thing is the ever shrinking of the camera bodies down. Lets face it folks, EVF's and mirrorless (in whatever form) are the future. There's a whole younger generation that couldn't care less about OVF vs EVF, and then there is the quietness of not having that annoying (IMO) mirror slap in the traditional DSLR (and yes I do own a mirrored DSLR with an OVF). I'll wait a year or so and see what the big boys (Nikon, Canon) and Olympus come out with in the mirrorless, EVF in a DSLR body. But for now, Sony is the trend setter.
Don051348: IQ looks great in my opinion.
Now slap that sensor into a reintroduced E-620 and E30 along with the better electronics (in camera stabilization, etc), replace the too strong AA filter with a weaker one and there you go. You have an updated and totally refreshed E series of cameras.
I'm coming from a C-8080 (just purchased a mint used E-620). Compared to the 8080, that 620 focusing is so much faster and better. But I'm still amazed at the IQ of many of my C-8080 pics provided you could get the camera focused.
IQ looks great in my opinion.
Love it! Outstanding!
Paul Farace: The OM-1,2,3,4 s used to have such beautiful HUGE prism viewfinders... and this EVF, no matter how nice, is never gonna rival glass! They teased me with this camera only to realize it has an EVF! Even if (and they are NOT) EVFs come to rival glass prisms, they still require power and are tough to build... com'on, don't tell me polishing glass prisms is that tough!
For good or bad, the future of digital cameras is gonna be mirrorless and EVF. It's coming; hop on the train or get out of the way. The folks saying EVF will never replace OVF are probably the sames ones that said digital would never replace film. Now really, how many of us would like to return to the good old days of film....
Jens_G: Can't believe they actually stole the Nex tilting mechanism for the LCD.
Actually the Olympus C-8080 had this style tilting LCD a few years ago.
There was a time (I'm 63) when I thought the OM line was drop dead gorgeous, almost jewel like, and while I can appreciate the resurrection of this shape (except for that way too high hump), it just doesn't really work for me anymore. I don't understand this current retro styling craze that's going on. In my opinion the Lumix GH2 is a much better looking camera but the in lens stabilization is a negative in my opinion. I'd prefer in body stabilization like the OMD. Why pay extra for In lens stabilization on every Panasonic lens, when you can pay for the stabilization one time on a Olympus body. I would have preferred an resurrected updated E620 style body to this OMD shape. The younger generations probably couldn't care less about this current retro thing.