Z3 - the highs and the lows - the tears and the laughter...

Started Sep 24, 2004 | Discussions thread
Plantzzman Junior Member • Posts: 30
Re: Z3 - the highs and the lows - the tears and the laughter...

RebelAnt Iam much like you in that I am also a novice. Heck I dont have the first idea on how to set it up-just got through the manual and it might as well have had sections written in swahili for what use it was to me.

On the subject of noises you hear and your concerns regarding movie mode my experience with my Z3 is to get movies with only the sound you want it seemed I had to switch off anti shake and set the camera to single af as without doing so the camera picks up noise of the focusing etc which while only small once on the movie they are in my view far to annoying. Having done that everything seemed ok.

RebelAnt wrote:
Slight hijacking of thread... sorry
I just bought the z3 despite the various things I'd read, and it
turned up today.
Ok, it all seems great, although I've realised that I'm such a
novice that I've really I can't really give much of a view on its
image quality.

However... I'm a bit concerned over the the sounds that come from
the camera (yes I've turned off the various audio). When I zoom, if
I do it in little bursts, its fairly quiet, but if I do a longer
zoom, when I leave go theres a distinctive clicking noise which I'm
sure would turn up on any movie recordings. This seems to be
related to the image / focus / something changing, but having put
it in manual mode with everything off auto, it still does it.
Anybody else get this noise ?

Cheers
Aaron.

ruggedtoast wrote:
Fair enough, but the second camera was checked by the KM repair
center and they clearly told me it was defective and needed to be
adjusted. They gave me a new one because Im leaving Japan before
theyd be able to get it back from the factory in China.

Im also not saying that the camera cannot take good pictures, but
as a novice I can only make a value judgement based on the cameras
auto mode in comparison to my old OLY 35mm's auto shots - you can
see what the 2 cams I had turned out from my pbase samples, if you
think these are alright then ok I wont argue but these problems may
not be what a lot of newbies like myself expected from a change to
digital.

ATWTUT wrote:
As you said it is your first digital camera.

Two firmware releases for the Z3. Go over to Canon and Nikon and
have a look. This is the digital world, you won't find any less
releases for DSLR or SLR-type cameras. Some have had six firmware
releases !

As you say yourself, "struggling" with the exposure settings.
This, together with "compared to my old 35mm camera", shows that
you are still struggling to make the switch from film to digital.
A digital camera will not behave like a film camera, period.
Either you make that mental switch and do not try to have your
camera expose in the same way as your 35mm camera, or you'll be on
your 5th Z3 by year end.

I have read most of your previous posts and while it is totally
unarguable that you had a bad first camera, most of the rest of
your posts has always felt, in my opinion, that, aside from the
well-known but now cured clock, banding, and occasional freeze
problems, that the exposure problems and blues in your pictures
were down to the end-user, you. I have seen many make
recommendations to you but some of the crucial ones you still have
not tried.

If you are still disatisfied with what the camera actually does,
there are two things you should do and which have been suggested to
you on this forum by others : one is to reset the camera to
factory defaults and play with it, understanding what "digital
photography" means, and only changing one setting at a time,
painstakingly experimenting till you have a camera configured for
YOUR liking and till you fully understand FOR YOURSELF how each
setting affects the camera's results. Only change settings one at
a time, experiment, go back and change again.

The other suggestion someone made to you was for you to read the
DPREVIEW FAQs which are EXTREMELY informative.

Above all, do not compare your digital camera to your old 35mm film
camera - it is a different world.

ATWTUT

ruggedtoast wrote:

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I hope this can be helpful to you if you are thinking of buying
this camera. Happy Z3 users please dont get angry with me, I take
it as read of course that there are many people who havent had
problems with their camera and are pleased they got what they
wanted - personally I have had a tranche of headaches from this
machine and would like others to at least be aware of the pitfalls.

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