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Panasonic FZ1000 now available in New Zealand.

Photowarehouse have the new Panasonic FZ1000 for sale.

Launch price at $1368.00 is  way too expensive to class this as a average users camera. This is exceeds even the Fuji XS1’s exorbitant launch price, and while the Panny is nice, its still only a bridge camera. There are much better DSLR options out there for those that are after cutting edge Image Quality and performance. If you don’t have huge hands you can get an XA1 twin lens kit here in NZ for $800.00 NZD

It seems that both Sony and Panasonic have decided that their new bridge cameras should be aimed at the Pro market rather than the average enthusiasts sector.

As far as price reductions go here in NZ, the aging XS1 new is still over $850.00. Unfortunately prices seldom drop much with cameras here. So we get stuck with old stock that’s way too expensive. I can see a lot of people going the 2 lens kitset route with a modest DSLR for about half the cost of the FZ1000.

The Canon 1200D twin lens kit is available for a little over half the FZ1000’s current price.

Suffice to say I wont invest in one or a Sony RX10. This is just the sort of thing that will drive people to a top line mobile phone for there photographic needs, and indeed my 31 year old daughter has a nice Canon compact that she never uses because her iPad takes just as good a photo for her needs.

Nice technology for sure but at the price point, pretty much irrelevant for those on a modest budget, wanting quality cameras and IQ.

Lets hope Fuji don’t start down this expensive path.

  • As many of you will have noticed I havent been updating the site for a few months. Truth to tell I've been busy with other projects taking up my time. One of the projects is now finished and I'm able to sit back and enjoy. "The Strads" have been a while in the making, nearly 200 hours of spare time was put into them over the last few months but now they are finished and I can get back to some summer photography weather permitting. (more…)
  • The ShutterPirates have just finished their second showing. I first saw these guys featured on the local news, and I have to say its a nice idea. Send in an A3 or bigger print and it will be displayed at a gallery style showing, one of which was held this Friday 2nd Nov. All the info is on their website and links to their Facebook page. This is a really cool way of showing off some of your work to the public at large, and it doesn't matter how good it is technically, it's all about the image and the message.
  • There's a good many tutorials and "schools of photography" to be found on the internet. One  that I have seen getting quite a bit of press lately is the Digital Photography School. As I'm always interested in new things photographic, I signed up to their regular emails advising new series of tips and tricks. One that was featured in the latest emails was how to photograph fire. Well worth the look as its something I have had difficulty in getting really good images of.  
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  • After taking a number of photos the last time we were out with the cameras it became apparent that the Fuji s1000fd was not up to par. It was difficult to assess this out in the field from the LCD on the camera but I felt that what I could see was a little off. Next time we plan another photo excursion I will make sure we take the laptop with us so we can check the state of play right there and then. In hindsight we could have done this on the day we just didn't think to do it. DOH!! After getting back home and viewing the images it was soon apparent that the s1000fd  had some serious flaws. Chromatic aberration was evident, which in a Fujinon lens is a worry as well as AF problems, and odd color . All shots taken with this camera were on a tripod so steadiness should not have been a reason for the AF being off. My wife doesn't yet have the skills to use the camera manually so she prefers to shoot in Auto or Program modes. It seemed the the images were smeared in some cases as well which made me wonder if the on board electronics are faulty. See what you think. Image from the HS10 Image from the s1000fd The photo at right shows a good clean image with good focus. Color is well balanced and natural. Very much like it was when we got to the area. The photo at left is from the s1000fd and shows a blurry blue outline around the handrail of the boat. The big rock at center right shows a lot of red color that shouldn't be there. The color of the sand/mud around the boat is also the wrong color. The color of the grass is off as well. Focus is poor and the background seems smeared in places. Both these images are straight from the camera with no post processing. Both images are full sized, no reduction was used prior to posting here. In the next set of photos again from the same time and place it is evident that while focus is reasonable in the s1000fd, the color balance and exposure is off although the overall look to the image is not unreasonable and would probably do a 6 x 4 print with no real problem. Indeed my wife has had several hundred photos printed of which most are much better than what we now see. This leads me to think the electronics in the camera is failing. Again the same applies as above with the s1000fd image at left. From the s1000fd From the HS10 Even when seen at their smallest settings here the HS10 image displays a huge gain in IQ, color and focus. Neither image has been post processed and the file size is original. While the overall image isnt terrible when seen against the HS10 the s1000fd's image looks washed out, with less vivid color. Both cameras were set to Fuji's chrome setting. So whats going on here? Well I surmise that there has been a failure in the cameras control electronics and this is the major contributor to the faults we see here . This s1000fd was always slow in AF and shot to shot times but had good image quality on a shot by shot basis, just using auto settings. A bit overexposed but not too bad Good exposure,color and focus. Here are a couple of examples of how images taken with the s1000fd straight from camera can look. Both shots are pretty much what I would have expected from this camera.

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