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Lost Aussie

Joined on Jan 1, 2014


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On article Nikon D7200 Review (641 comments in total)

Video quality is not bad but don't try to zoom with it, it simply won't follow focus so you end up with a crappy out of focus video clip. I have asked a camera repair guy in Brisbane and he says it doesn't work on auto focus. I took the camera to the authorised Nikon company here in Brisbane called Andersons and their guy says "yeah it should work fine on af zoom" , he aslo said the white balance was fine on auto but I had to set the WB on Kelvin settings to get decent flash colour saturation. I am a retired news photographer so I do know a bit about cameras, accordingly I would not recommend this camera to beginners

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2018 at 11:33 UTC as 11th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Review (60 comments in total)

My final word on this camera... I've persisted with it for almost six months and the only reason I'm still using it is because my Nikon has broken down, new D7100 body coming up! Meantime, the Lumix is a great paperweight

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 05:39 UTC as 20th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Review (60 comments in total)
In reply to:

carterh2425: I have had my camera for 6 months and have mixed feelings, mostly good. I have probaby taken over 5,000 shots.
The design and workmanship are excellent. On occasions I have accidently hit a button I did not want to hit. In my opinion the camera has too many features.

My biggest complaints are the owners manual and the software. The manual and software are on an enclosed CD disk. The manual is poorly done with some features missing entirely or so vague as to be useless. Hard copies are available for as little as $10 on the internet.

The software is SilkyPix. If you plan on shooting RAW, you should give this program a trial run first. Some may like it, I can't stand it. My solution is a program called Helicon Filter. While the current version will convert RAW for this camera, an older version, Helicon Filter 4.93 is much faster and much easier to use. To get this older version you will need to make a special request
for an unlisted download.

Well, as good as this guy may be, I don't think anyone with any digital photography experience should need to take an on-line course on how to use this camera. If I buy a new state of the art motor car, do I have to take an on-line course on how to drive it? Another retired news photog friend of mine recently purchased a similarly priced and optioned Sony Cybershot (24 meg & 350 dpi) and its results make the Lumix look like a toy. My FZ200 has been ok for landscapes etc but the results are repeatedly poor when it comes to photographing people, kids etc. With stills and video alike, the colour saturation and skin tones are pathetic, redardless of lighting conditions. Some of the flat, lifeless images I have taken could not even be improved in Photoshop! You can talk all day about the bells and whistles, but the bottom line is a nice clean, balanced image and I'm not getting that. I think that Pansonic have exploited the Leica name by putting a good 2.8 lens on a lousy micro-processor.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 01:00 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Review (60 comments in total)
In reply to:

OldSnapper2: As feature-filled as this camera is, I have been having a terrible time with it. I have found it's ISO settings changed to 3200 without my knowledge on a number of occasions resulting in terrible results. It seems that, because of the way the controls are located on the back of the camera, when I grip the camera with my right hand I mash the ISO and white balance settings resulting in disastrous results. Is there a way to lock those controls? I have returned to shooting with my ancient 14mp Kodak/Nikon which has never failed me but weighs a ton and is getting difficult for me to carry around as I age. I have made my living doing photography for many decades and I have never had such embarrassing results with any of the closet full of cameras I have previously used.

I agree, am having exactly the same problem with my FZ200..... I have just ordered a "C" bracket on eBay so I can handle the camera without having to touch the right hand side. I too am a retired news photog and agree about the image quality, I have to Photoshop every image I want to print. The old film days were cumbersome and time wasting, but at least we knew we'd get consistent quality!

Link | Posted on May 11, 2014 at 04:12 UTC
On article Canon launches PowerShot SX40 HS 35x CMOS superzoom (158 comments in total)
In reply to:

Pittinix: It seem like you people do more talking than photography. A camera is not the human brain. So why expect everything out of it? And does it really matter whether you have the best camera or not? Even the most advanced cameras depend on how you operate them. Thank you.

But they were using something unknown to newer photographers .... FILM

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 13:10 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Review (60 comments in total)

Further to my recent post, I have to say that the more I use this camera, the less I like it. Having taken some stills and video over the weekend, I find that the autofocus is pathetic, especially when you start to zoom out, even at 3x it starts to hunt all over the place for a focal point. This camera is so bad that I am beginning to think I have bought a faulty model. I just photoshopped some of my grand-daughter's images from her $100 Nikon Coolpix and the resolution is far better that this Panasonic thing i.e. the Coolpix images come up at 300 DPI while the Lumix images are only 180 DPI and I find this sub-standard. I am using a Sandisk SDHC class 10 card, so it is nothing to do with card quality. Any other digital camera can be taken from the box and immediately start producing beautiful images, not so with this one as I have yet to make an image or video that I call sharp ...... NOT HAPPY

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2014 at 22:25 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Review (60 comments in total)

I bought this model camera recently on the strength of the rave reviews I have read on this and other sites & the f2.8 lens, but I am not impressed with it. I bought it as a replacement for my old worn out Canon Powershot S51S, but the Lumix does not come close to the image quality of the Canon. I find the Lumix has much less colour depth and much less highlight detail. Further, the video function shows no recording time on the display like the Canon does, and also I find the controls cumbersome and fiddly to handle, AND it is not good on battery life as the reviews suggest.I do know a bit about cameras as I am a retired press photographer, not a megapixel and zoom spruiker as most self appointed specialists emphasise. I will use this camera mainly for video, but for serious stills I'll stick to my old Nikon D80 thanks !

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2014 at 07:57 UTC as 30th comment
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