PANASONIC LUMIX DMC FZ1000 – Marilyn Armstrong

I got a new Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ1000 (25 – 400mm). I got it at a good price.

I’m pretty sure it’s a great camera, except it isn’t at all what I thought it would be. I expected it to be pretty much an upgraded version of the DMC FZ300 — which was an upgrade to the FZ200.

But it’s something else and I’m not entirely sure what.

It’s got a whole new plethora of things it can do, most of which I didn’t know cameras could do.

So last night, while “Singing in the Rain” was playing the TV, I was doing what I usually do with a new camera, especially those which come with either none or entirely useless manuals.

I was taking pictures of anything on which I could focus. While exploring the whole focusing issue — which in this camera is significantly more complicated than I’ve ever seen — I found something called “point focus.”

“I wonder,” I said to myself, “What this can do.” So I flicked it on and aimed it at Gibbs who was sitting in the middle of the sofa. This was our living room in television mode. Meaning there’s almost no light except for the TV and two 40-watt lamps at opposite sides of the room.

The computer (I mean camera, but maybe I really mean the camera’s computer) narrowed in Gibb’s nose, enlarged the area, focused and told me it was going silent because dogs don’t like noise. How did it know I was shooting a dog?

I took a few pictures. They came out  — well, you tell me. Not bad, considering Gibbs was moving, the light was low, and the lens is only f2.8.

The camera then gave me a little onscreen lecture about — I kid you not — babies, dogs and camera noise — and how you should set your camera on silent when shooting them. Also when you are in a place where you don’t want them to notice you.

In slightly better light

Who knows what other secrets it holds?

Stay tuned.

Categories: Art and special effects, Cameras, dogs, Photography

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23 replies

  1. You bought yourself a smart camera which will probably start telling you all sorts of things. 🙂 I wish we lived closer. I’d trade you some gardening work for some camera instruction. I LOVE your new header shot. 🙂


    • Thank you. That’s actually one of Garry’s. It didn’t make a great photograph, but it’s so simple, I was sure it would make a lovely header. Complicated pictures don’t make good headers — no room for the text. I REALLY REALLY WISH WE LIVED CLOSER. You have NO idea how much I wish that. And we aren’t that far — just far enough to make it too long for an afternoon of hanging out.

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  2. When you figure the camera out Marilyn, why don’t you write the manual for it and sell it to Panasonic?


  3. These are awesome shots! I love my FZ300 and still don’t know all it can do. Before, I used a mobile or a cheap digital and was and am satisfied. My 300 still takes fab macros and zoom shots. Congrats on your upgrade!


  4. O

    what an amazing toy…. quite scary even! 😉


  5. That is impressive- and scary at the same time. Big Brother in a camera 🙂


  6. Wow! A camera that knows what it is photographing that’s so clever it’s scary.


  7. I always had a lumix before I began with my Nikon Dslr. I am sure you are getting there.


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