Hi Everyone, I hope this is the right place to ask. I've been finding the information in this thread very useful regarding the FZ150
I have a few questions for the pros.
I ordered mine a few weeks ago and, while testing it out, I've managed to shoot a lot of video with it. When I have the camera set to manual mode and lock the aperture and shutter, I seem to get these sudden jumps in brightness if zooming in and out while recording video. A friend suggested that this might be due to the lens' variable F-stop across the full zoom range. I would assume that that would lead to a gradual change in brightness, not the sudden "steps" that don't appear if I have the camera in AE mode with AE on. Any ideas?
It's been driving me crazy trying to figure out why it does that. These changes in brightness only occur when looking at a lit scene and zooming, nothing changes if I simply pan the camera from a bright spot to a dark spot and back.
Secondly, I've shot maybe 3 hours of video using a "32 GB SanDisk Extreme 133x 30MB/s*" (gotta love those asterisks) SDHC card. For the most part, the video has been phenomenal. Sharp and low noise. I love it! But every now and then I'll get this weird blip of pixelation for a few frames. I don't know if it's the card slowing down and so it can't keep up with 1080 60p video or if it might be a defect in the camera. Or maybe I am just too shaky? Sometimes the line stretches across the entire screen in a few rows for a few frames and is multi-colored; other times it matched the colors of the scene I was shooting.
Lastly, I know there was mention of a remote timer for time lapse. Is there a remote that can interface with the camera to adjust the focus and zoom in manual mode as well, or are these things strictly for taking pictures once you have the shot set up?