Panasonic FZ1

Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by Kilroy_Woz_ere, Oct 22, 2004.

  1. The panasonic FZ1 is being dumped in the UK for £149. I'm looking for a
    camera to do decent floodlit football (soccer) matches which my sony P10
    hates - the camera can't be set to a fast enough speed not to blur
    everything. Comments on the FZ1? It was the zoom feature that drew me to it
    and the fact I've already got SD cards.
    Kilroy_Woz_ere, Oct 22, 2004
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    John Bean Guest

    Can't comment on the use suggested but the FZ1 is a very capable camera,
    especially if the upgrade to V2 firmware is installed. This gives much more
    control, effectively the same as the FZ2.

    Like all tiny-format cameras noise is an issue, even at ISO 200, but the IS
    works very well indeed and having f/2.8 available at all focal lengths
    mitigates the need for high ISO to some extent.

    You will get an awful lot of camera for 150 quid, believe me.
    John Bean, Oct 22, 2004
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  3. Thanks, order placed :)
    Kilroy_Woz_ere, Oct 22, 2004
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    Linda_N Guest

    Try a tripod with the Sony. You'll probably need a tripod with the FZ1 too
    (I'm assuming by flood lit you are shooting at night into a flood lit area)
    because the FZ1, FZ2 seem to have problems with low light situations oddly
    enough since it has a f2.8 lens. Read the review at (you
    can skip to the Conclusion page and just read the pros and cons.)

    The FZ1 is a great camera, I'm just not sure it is the best for your
    specific shooting need.

    Linda_N, Oct 22, 2004
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    John Bean Guest

    The V2 firmware gives EVF/LCD amplification in low light, one of the many
    improvements it provides. It was the dark viewfinder that made the camera
    unusable in low light, not the imaging performance. I've been using V2
    firmware for so long I'd forgotten about that.
    John Bean, Oct 22, 2004
  6. Forgive my ignorance, I take photos for fun, I'm not camera-literate so the
    way I explain things might seem simple. The sony snaps night time shots at a
    floodlit stadium at 1/10th second, not much good for fast-moving football
    players. I've tried everything, setting iso to 400, using the scene modes,
    not using zoom and even dropping down to 640x480 mode to force a quicker
    photo but nothing works - I've been trying for 3 months!

    There's no aperture or shutter priority overrides, it's a point 'n shoot,
    albeit a 5M pixel point 'n shoot that I have ended up with after an
    insurance claim - how I miss my older sony with priority overrides. Even as
    it gets towards the end of a match on a saturday afternoon, the selected
    shutter speeds slow down fast, so fast that 2 weeks ago the last 15 minutes
    of photos are all blurred. Cutting frames out of the 640x480 videos it
    recorded at the same time are better than it's own still-shot.

    The FZ1 isn't listed in the alphabetic review list at dpreview.
    It can't be any worse but with a 12x zoom, might be considerably better at
    daytime matches. Already having a 512MB SD card there's no more expense.
    When the FZ1's working as I want it (and firmware upgraded), the sony will
    be up for sale - to non-footballing photographers.
    Kilroy_Woz_ere, Oct 22, 2004
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    Linda_N Guest

    I had read the fireware update fixed a lot of problems, but I was not aware
    it fixed the low light fault. I wonder if the reviewers are aware of that.
    I've not read the reviews since the initial research, but should double
    check for the updated reviews. Thanks for passing on the info.

    Linda_N, Oct 23, 2004
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    Linda_N Guest

    I guess we are cheap around here because the flood lights only get turned on
    the ball fields when dusk hits or on very foggy days. During the day they
    are off to conserve energy. Anyway my reply was based on thinking you were
    shooting at night into a flood lit area.

    Your Sony sounds like it sucks with so few manual control features, so yes
    getting the FZ1 will be a marked improvement. I think the price you listed
    is reasonable for a discontinued (two models back) model, but hagger a bit
    anyway. Actually look at how much the FZ2 is because if that isn't
    discontinued it must be near the chopping block. If it is just a couple of
    dollars more I'd get it instead.

    Linda_N, Oct 23, 2004
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