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.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

23 thoughts on “PANASONIC LUMIX DMC FZ1000 – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. 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!

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    1. To be fair it was less of an upgrade than a replacement. Garry took the 300 and I needed something with a long lens. I think I probably should have gotten another 300. This one is really too complicated for my relatively simple needs.

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      1. I find the 300 slightly complicated–another blogger suggested it to me when I reached out a couple of years ago. He gave me the suggested setting he likes, which was so helpful! I like how I can easily attach the camera to my PC or laptop and it drops everything into my Dropbox files. The DSLR’s seem REALLY complicated. Good luck with it!

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        1. All the camera companies are the same. They have manuals, but they are mostly written by software, so at best they don’t make much sense and at worst, are useless. They are ALL equally bad. They’ve decided if WE don’t demand good manuals, why provide them? That’s why I am obsolete.

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            1. I have written many. But that’s what’s going on in the world. No one reads manuals, or so they say. So they don’t bother to write them. And if you can get software to “create” one, why hire a writer who actually understands what she/he is writing?

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    1. 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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