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 Post subject: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:55 am 
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Will I be able to record any video on a 512MB card?

After reading the manual, I understand 3-15minutes, depending on the quality of video.

If this is the case, why is a high speed, High Dollar SDHC card for? More for shooting pictures quickly???
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 Post subject: Yes.... but!
PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:26 pm 
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ncdigger1, Hi.
According to the manual you can indeed use a 512MB card in both AVCHD as
well as Motion JPG, but that will be 3 minutes in AVCHD and 2 minutes worth
with Motion JPG if you use the best resolution.
Don't think I've ever seen a 512MB SDHC card though.
Also... for video you MUST use a high speed SDHC card (it's not optional).
The reason is that due to the rather large data transfer you need SPEED.
A Class 6 card is the way to go. If you don't, you run the risk of time-outs
whilst filming..... most certainly in Motion JPG mode.
Also... even for normal still images, a fast SDHC card is noticeably quicker.
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 Post subject: Re: Yes.... but!
PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:20 pm 
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dbnnet wrote:
ncdigger1, Hi.
According to the manual you can indeed use a 512MB card in both AVCHD as
well as Motion JPG, but that will be 3 minutes in AVCHD and 2 minutes worth
with Motion JPG if you use the best resolution.
Don't think I've ever seen a 512MB SDHC card though.
Also... for video you MUST use a high speed SDHC card (it's not optional).
The reason is that due to the rather large data transfer you need SPEED.
A Class 6 card is the way to go. If you don't, you run the risk of time-outs
whilst filming..... most certainly in Motion JPG mode.
Also... even for normal still images, a fast SDHC card is noticeably quicker.
Regards


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Also... for video you MUST use a high speed SDHC card (it's not optional).


The manual says 3 minutes for Motion JPEG in AVCHD Lite. for a 512MB SD card.

Thanks for the reply.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 6:17 am 
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ncdigger1, Not in my manual, and not in my experience: With the FZ38/35 there are two video format options you can use, but you will need to choose which one suits you best: AVCHD (Light) OR Motion JPG.
The AVCHD format is higher quality and with superior sound quality. It also uses less storage space than Motion JPG. Problem is that you need a fairly fast PC to handle AVCHD. Motion JPG files are larger, but requires less PC processing power. Also, Motion JPG files are easier to edit on a PC, but this is fast changing as more and more 3rd party applications now support AVCHD as it becomes the new standard on most modern cameras.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 4:01 pm 
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dbnnet wrote:
ncdigger1, Not in my manual, and not in my experience: With the FZ38/35 there are two video format options you can use, but you will need to choose which one suits you best: AVCHD (Light) OR Motion JPG.
The AVCHD format is higher quality and with superior sound quality. It also uses less storage space than Motion JPG. Problem is that you need a fairly fast PC to handle AVCHD. Motion JPG files are larger, but requires less PC processing power. Also, Motion JPG files are easier to edit on a PC, but this is fast changing as more and more 3rd party applications now support AVCHD as it becomes the new standard on most modern cameras.
Regards
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Does this refer to pictures, and not video?

http://i737.photobucket.com/albums/xx16/2far4u2c/FZ35.jpg

I'm going to get a better card soon, just trying to get buy till then.

Regards[/url]


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:08 pm 
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That is page 218 of the FZ38/35 manual and is ONLY for video recording time
detail. Note that both AVCDH as well as Motion JPG have a few quality
settings within the format too. i.e. To provide a High, Medium & Low frame
rate etc.
Non video, i.e. still photos are on page 215 of the manual, and basically on a
512MB card standard high quality JPG images will give you as follows:
12MP - 70 photos
8MP - 99 photos
5MP - 145 photos
All of the above on a 4:3 aspect ratio, if you use 3:2 or 16:9 you will get slightly more.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:15 pm 
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Thanks dbnnet for your patience. :)

I just went to radioshack and picked this one up.
And I have yet another class 6 card on it's way. I choase 8GB cards, as I dont need to record any longer than that at a time.

http://i737.photobucket.com/albums/xx16/2far4u2c/scan0001.jpg

I tryed this card, and it does record video. I just pressed the deticated record button to try it. And then played it back. Works ok. I only recored 30 seconds for a test thou.


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 Post subject: SDHC Card
PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 7:30 am 
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ncdigger1, Pleased that I could be of assistance.

That 8GB card will be perfect - Good choice.
And Radioshack sell quality cards (So many of the
online deals are Chinese fakes these days).
8GB is a good size to have - Sometimes using a larger
capacity card is like putting all your eggs in one basket
should something happen to it.
I have two 8GB cards that I use daily for normal use,
I do have a single 16GB card that I bought for video use....
but it sits unused so far ;)
Enjoy your FZ35 - I truly think it's one of the best superzoom
cameras out there.... with that Leica lens, it probably IS the best!!

As for my 2 cents: Try using the camera in P mode... it really will
perform far better than in iA mode. (Some of the specific scene
model work very well too - i.e. Sunset)
Also try changing the default Sharpness to +1, and Saturation
to +1, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Regards


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 Post subject: Re: SDHC Card
PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 5:34 pm 
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Quote:
As for my 2 cents: Try using the camera in P mode... it really will
perform far better than in iA mode. (Some of the specific scene
model work very well too - i.e. Sunset)
Also try changing the default Sharpness to +1, and Saturation
to +1, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Regards


P mode is what I have it set to.

About the sharpness, and Saturation.
Is this something I need to set in the camera, that will stay Set for me? or something I do to the picture after I take it (in the camera)?

Thanks You are so helpfull.


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 Post subject: Settings
PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 6:08 pm 
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Once the Saturation and Sharpness setting is done, the camera will hold this
value for all future use, unless you wish to change it again.
You will find this in the "Picture Adjust" option on your menu.

Also.... to really get the best out of this camera, change to "Spot Focus" it
really is far better and faster than using the default in my opinion.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 12:23 pm 
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Hello dbnnet ! How are you ?
In your opinion, which is the best option for recording movies in FZ35?
(talking about acurate focus and sharpness image)

Cheers,

Carlos

ps: do you think that "Picture Adjust" has effect when recording movie ?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:41 pm 
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Carlos, Hi.
Unfortunately I don’t do much video at all... so not “qualified” to comment too
much on this topic.
I only use AVCHD and not Motion JPG, but that is only because I have a
Windows 7 PC that can handle it well...and prefer the smaller sized files of
AVCHD. Besides, AVCHD is quickly becoming the new standard in most new
generation cameras.
I only use SPOT FOCUS on my FZ38/35, and I believe that it is the best
option for the camera in either still or video modes.
I also mostly use "P" mode for everything and find it performs
exceptionally well. About the only changes I have made are to
set Saturation to +1, Sharpness to +1 and EV to -0.3
Hope this helps.
Regards


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 Post subject: Hello !
PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 5:50 pm 
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Hello dbnnet ! Thanks for reply.
I took some pictures using "Saturation = +1, Sharpness = +1 and EV = -0.3 , and its great set !
The best shot for my camera is aperture value f/4.0, exposure time 1/125 sec and iso speed rating of 80, pretty sharp picture. Really is fantastic set !!!

I read that each len has one individual aperture value to get best sharp pic.
Do you know if can see diference in your camera when using f/3.6 , f/4.0 , f/4.5 and f/5.0 (same ISO) ?

See you,

Carlos


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:53 pm 
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Yes, each camera seems to have a so called “sweet spot” – I seem to get
mine at about f/4 or f/4.5 Bear in mind that at f/8 when the aperture is at
its smallest you will have almost no depth of field and most of the image will
be in focus. At f/2.8 when the aperture is at its largest, or wide open, your
focus becomes far more important and your exposure times will be much
shorter. I tend to never use f/8, as I don’t usually like that kind of image.
But it’s a personal preference.
To enhance your depth of field (not always easy with a small sensor
camera), try using a f-stop of about f/3.6 (you don't have to have it too far
open) but rather also use the zoom to enhance the effect of an out of focus
background.
The FZ38/35 has an amazing macro capability too .... try it!
One needs to experiment a lot and its a learning process.... for all of us!
Regards


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 Post subject: REC AREA
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:10 am 
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Hi for all !

What is the meaning this option "REC AREA" at Setup Menu ?
I saw that exist two options "on" and "off" but I cant find what is changing in film mode.
Manual information:
"Angle of view for motion picture recording can be checked."

Angle of view ??

Cheers or regards for everyone !
(no idea what is better)

Carlos


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