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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:48 pm 
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Hi everyone, here's the official thread to discuss the Panasonic Lumix TZ60 / ZS40.

See my Panasonic Lumix TZ60 / ZS40 review!

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:37 am 
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I'm looking to buy my first digital camera after getting into photography over last few years with my Samsung S3 phone (yes, it's very good for photos!).

Primarily I'm looking to be able to get better shots of insects (esp butterflies, bugs) so I'm really interested in macro and zoom features of cameras. Haven't a clue though what I should be looking for ideally so I tend to go on sample photos and reading numerous reviews to get a feel of things. I've been on the lookout for my first ultrazoom for a year when I almost came close to buying the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS. However, I put it off for the year and now I return to see what's out there once more. It's the Panasonic Lumix TZ60 that's caught my eye this time round. I loved what I read and saw mostly about this camera but what are it's main rivals and are there any upcoming rivals that might beat it? I know there is always something new coming out but I'd rather wait and pay more if there is a significant improvement with a rival. What should I look for when it comes to macro photography and zooming in from a distance to capture insects before they fly away!

Any advice or tips appreciated :)


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:01 am 
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For macro you could also look at the Panasonic FZ200.
Here are some samples:

https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=FZ200%20macro

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:13 pm 
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I have gotten some very good macro shots with this camera. Well, not technically macro, as the image is not larger than the subject, but pretty close. The image stabilization is incredible, and allows great handholding at extreme zoom levels. Very good for not spooking the little critters.

I should also point out that the view finder is great for nature shots - if you are in bright sunlight, an LCD screen becomes almost useless, but the EVF keeps on working fine.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:10 am 
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Also, many thanks to Gordon for his review of this camera. His thorough analysis helped me decide to buy it, and I have been very happy with it ever since. Bravo!


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 2:08 pm 
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rudimaes wrote:
For macro you could also look at the Panasonic FZ200.
Here are some samples:

https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=FZ200%20macro

Rudi


Blimey, there's a lot of very good looking macro shots out there by that camera!


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 2:09 pm 
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Chicago Jake wrote:
I have gotten some very good macro shots with this camera. Well, not technically macro, as the image is not larger than the subject, but pretty close. The image stabilization is incredible, and allows great handholding at extreme zoom levels. Very good for not spooking the little critters.

I should also point out that the view finder is great for nature shots - if you are in bright sunlight, an LCD screen becomes almost useless, but the EVF keeps on working fine.


Sounds very promising. You got any samples to show off of various types of shots you've gotten with this camera? Pretty please? :)


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 2:10 pm 
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Chicago Jake wrote:
Also, many thanks to Gordon for his review of this camera. His thorough analysis helped me decide to buy it, and I have been very happy with it ever since. Bravo!


I loved the review too. First review I've read all the way through (starting to get nedy now!) although I don't understand all the technical jargon etc yet. Loved it so much I brought him a coffee :)


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