Panasonic OK, so I lapsed. New camera: TZ60.

Gubrz

O.* Gonzo's & Bentley's Dad
Jun 5, 2012
Austin, TX
Eliot
i immediately thought of the prince of Egypt cartoon movie... where pharaoh screams out "I WILL NOT BE THE WEAK LINK!"
me and my bff always say this when we are determined to not cave in on something... lol

we'd both be texting you "WEAK LINK!" about now ;D hehehehehe
 

Luckypenguin

Hall of Famer
Dec 24, 2010
Brisbane, Australia
Nic
After reading Sue's post I was reading the specs of the TZ60 and marveling over how much can be squeezed into today's cameras. It got me thinking about the earliest iterations of the TZ series that I have at one time or another, and in doing so I just discovered the most bizarre thing about the original TZ1: it had a "bent" optical path that utilized a prism partway through the lens to turn the incoming light 90 degrees to a sensor that sat perpendicular to the body. Check out the cutaway in the image below.

http://www.optyczne.pl/aparaty_image/488_panasonic_TZ1_4.jpg
 

kyteflyer

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Jan 31, 2011
Newcastle, Australia
Sue
Damn. I got "forbidden" on that link, Nic :(

Bill, last TZ I had was the 10 (ZS7), and I always kinda regretted getting rid of it. 10Mp and 12x zoom. Good stuff.

Eliot, I cracked up when I read your post!
 

Biro

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Aug 7, 2011
Jersey Shore
Steve
Congratulations, Sue! I must admit that I have been looking at this camera for quite some time. It seems that, no matter how many other cameras I have, there's always room for a pocketable superzoom. I really like my Olympus Stylus 1 but I can't tell you how many times 300mm just wasn't enough in certain situations. I'll be looking forward not only to the images you post but your written impressions as well. Right up front, I want to know how useful the EVF is and just how far you can hike the ISO before things really turn south.
 

kyteflyer

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Jan 31, 2011
Newcastle, Australia
Sue
Congratulations, Sue! I must admit that I have been looking at this camera for quite some time. It seems that, no matter how many other cameras I have, there's always room for a pocketable superzoom. I really like my Olympus Stylus 1 but I can't tell you how many times 300mm just wasn't enough in certain situations. I'll be looking forward not only to the images you post but your written impressions as well. Right up front, I want to know how useful the EVF is and just how far you can hike the ISO before things really turn south.
LOL re ISO, Steve!. My photography has always been "go low" and I nearly never push the ISO at all, I'll go for a slower shutter before I start boosting ISO. I looked at the EVF in the store and immediately it seemed to me that it was a little larger than the one in my FZ100. It probably isn't, but it seemed more usable. Cameralabs observe that it has "improved lenses" compared with the LF1. http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panasonic_Lumix_DMC_TZ60_ZS40/.

Well, I may be only doing stuff around the yard. Car broke down yesterday and I'm back to not trusting it very much so wont be straying too far from home.
 

Luckypenguin

Hall of Famer
Dec 24, 2010
Brisbane, Australia
Nic
Well, leaving aside for a moment double standard websites who happily let Google Images link them but no one else and who also see no problem in plastering their watermarks across images that was distributed by Panasonic as part of their promotional material and as such have no right to be claiming ownership of said image, the most important question here is:

Did you get the silver and black model? :biggrin:
 

kyteflyer

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Jan 31, 2011
Newcastle, Australia
Sue
Well, leaving aside for a moment double standard websites who happily let Google Images link them but no one else and who also see no problem in plastering their watermarks across images that was distributed by Panasonic as part of their promotional material and as such have no right to be claiming ownership of said image, the most important question here is:

Did you get the silver and black model? :biggrin:
ROFL!! No I did not. I'm not that fond of the combo and tend to prefer black. If I had not jumped on the X100 so quickly, I would have got the black instead, when it came out. Camera house clever dicks gave me a case thats too small for it. Fortunately I have another which is just fine, I'll make use of the smaller case to carry additional batteries and cards when needs be..
 

kyteflyer

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Jan 31, 2011
Newcastle, Australia
Sue
For Steve

Theres no screenie of a 100ISO, as you might assume, I cant hold it steady for that, under a desk lamp light. What I've done to get the comparison is call up Nik's DFine2 with its most basic controls. There has been no additional editing, smoothing, or size reduction in post. I had to use CS6 (PS15 and dont ask) because nothing else I have except picasa (UGH) can read these RAW files. You can see I have camera shake at 200 in this light. Interestingly, choosing iAuto means that the camera chooses 400ISO under this lamp. There are more shots in the tuckeroo seed thread. Some were taken outdoors and some at the desk. All shots here were in Aperture Priority (fairly obvious, really)

1/8s, f/3.3, ISO 200


1/15s, f/3.3, ISO 400


1/30s, f/3.3, ISO 800


1/60s, f/3.3, ISO 1600


1/125s, f/3.3, ISO 3200


I will not be using ISO 800-3200 at all, I detest lots of noise. (I also hate doing sample/test shots so these will be the only ones forthcoming). There's an option to extend ISO but it only extends up and not down, so you get a H6400 option which I will not be testing or using, given how woeful 1600 and 3200 actually are. iAuto chooses a decent balance between shutter, aperture and ISO. Manual is somewhere I have been but not for publication. I'm going to be using auto for the foreseeable until I work out where the best performance is, so I can then begin tweaking. Thats what I do with every new camera.

Steve I hope that these are sufficient to give an indication of the ISO performance. Another place to look is on flickr, especially at sparth's B&W, he uses his TZ quite a lot.
 

kyteflyer

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Jan 31, 2011
Newcastle, Australia
Sue
And here are a couple from this evening, and one from yesterday daytime, though it was a very dull day. I'm reasonably happy with them but there were quite a few at full zoom which looked terrible. I don't think I'm very good at keeping a camera steady much past the mid 20x or so. Even with Image stabilisation on. I think this will be a bright day camera, and possible B&W at other times. Its not going to be a camera I would normally take out in the evenings or to parties etc. Not that I go to many!!

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And of course, theres the figbird I posted in the birds thread.
 

kyteflyer

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Jan 31, 2011
Newcastle, Australia
Sue
An observation: The grip on this camera is really crappy. I hope Richard Franiec comes up with something because I already tried Grip 4 from Flipbac and it doesn't quite fit over the top of the existing, which protrudes too far from the surface.
 

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