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June 7th, 2006
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Okay, I really have to go to bed now, but...
Remember that post I had a couple of weeks after ORC 2006, talking about possible cameras to use at conventions? Well, one of them was a Lumix, but it had a few shortcomings - like only going to 400 ASA, and no anti-shake feature. Well, take a gander at the newer Lumix coming out soon described below. It has anti-shake technology (reduces blurriness due to camera shake, which allows you to get a sharper pic in low light) and goes to 1600 ASA (just about as great a sensitivity as you could hope for), and still has the "large" lens for better light-gathering. Here's the description:


Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1K



Price: approximately $305 . Get current pricing




Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1K

Overview: This camera's so new, it hasn't reached retailers yet, but it will soon. When it arrives, it will be the smallest camera to offer a 10X optical zoom. And what a zoom! If you look closely, you'll see a familiar name on the zoom: Leica. And anyone in photography knows that name's synonymous for quality. Concerned about shaky pictures, especially once you've zoomed the lens out fully? As with all Panasonics, the TZ1K has image stabilization built in. While it may not have the highest resolution (5MP) the TZ1K should still deliver sharp 8x10 prints.

The Juicy Details: 35-350mm f/2.8-4.2 lens focuses to two inches in macro mode for dramatic close-ups. The shutter speeds range from 8-1/2000 sec, but 15-, 30- and 60- sec options are available in "Starry sky" mode. Speaking of modes...scene modes include macro, portrait, sports, food, night portrait, party, snow, soft skin, candle, and two baby modes. The MEGA O.I.S. optical stabilization system makes it easier to hand-hold pictures without flash in low light or at full telephoto (although a tripod is still recommended for nature and sports photography). The camera records QuickTime movies, and images in both 3:2 and 4:3 aspect ratios (3:2 is a bit narrower, similar to a 35mm negative). The TZ1K has a wide ISO range, from 80-1600, and adjustable white balance and flash settings. The camera records images on SD and Multimedia memory cards, and you can review images on a 2.5-inch LCD monitor.

What's the "Wow"? The loooooong Leica zoom lens, combined with anti-shake technology, make this a great camera in subdued light. Even when not zoomed and in fairly good light, anti-shake is important because most digital camera users hold the camera at arm's length to take a picture--a position that encourages camera shake. Anti-shake is a good solution.

Who would love it: Sports fans, nature lovers, families, travelers, and anyone who hates harsh on-camera flash lighting.

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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 8th, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC)
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That I don't know... I think I got this notice from Adorama, one of the on-line retailers for photography equipment. And a reputable one, too! Check out their site and see if they have a number they can call.

Ow! End of July, though, eh? I wonder if it might not be out by then; definitely check it out. And that's a good price; I seem to recall these types of cameras being more at the $500 level.

I see they forgot to add "hobbit fans" to the list of "Who would love it"... *L*!

And I think the Canon IS S2 (hope I have that right) is still another great option. It has the anti-shake and the 10X - but I don't think it went below 400 ASA.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 8th, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
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I've been lucky and haven't had repairs lately. Well, okay, not necessarily "lucky"; when my camera jumped into the water recently, I didn't even try to get it repaired! But almost all places have to send them out to another site, all repairs are at least $100, and so on. So, unless this was a very expensive camera, or a very simple repair that you already have a quote one, I'd think twice about repairs. Kind of like, if you had a VCR that broke, you'd probably find it cheaper, better, and easier to buy a new one.

If you look up the camera, it should tell you what type of memory cards it uses; yours "might" use the same. SD's and Compact Flash seem to be the two most common. My SLR uses Compact Flash and my point-and-shoot uses SD's. Prices for both are going down dramatically. I think I could buy a 2 Gb Compact Flash card for <$100 on-line now.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 8th, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC)
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So, what effect did the sand grains have? Did they work their way into the lens, such that they jam up the zooming mechanism? Interesting.

Yes - let me know what kind of memory you use; you've got me curious now!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 8th, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC)
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Now you've done it! *G*

Looks like it's in stock at a few places (but check B&H Video and Adorama first, unless you already have a trusted internet retailer):

http://www.nextag.com/serv/main/buyer/ProductM.jsp?nxtg=23ff0a1c050a-C8B3A4DF61D57866&product=501906432
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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 8th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
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Darn; too bad. But, the memory cards have REALLY gone down. You can get a 2 Gb for what you paid for a 512 Mb now.

Yes; I use B&H a lot, but they didn't have Nikon D70s's in stock when I needed them recently, so I bought them at Adorama.

IMPORTANT:

I almost forgot about this! Beware of the gray market. ALWAYS look to see if the price includes a USA warranty. You'll even see the same camera for 2 prices in some places: one is for a camera with a US warranty, and the slightly cheaper one has an overseas warranty. An overseas warranty will not be honored in the US. Less reputable dealers tend to sort of cover that up...
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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 8th, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)
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http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=422504&is=REG&addedTroughType=search

That's the info at B&H. It's not in stock but they always have a lot of info. It uses SD and MMC. If you need to see these to recognize them, pick a different tab - accessories - and you'll see them for sale.

One cool thing about that other link I sent? Look at the little graph of "price history" - cool! It's really gone down.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 8th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
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*ggl* He sounds like a camera geek. Damn... it doesn't come with a rechargable battery included? Or maybe you mean backup batteries.

Hey, at least you can go try it out! And, like I think I said (in one of my many comments - *L*!), I just realized it has no eyehole, and I always use that. I never use the back of the camera. As the description even says, people doing that end up with more camera shake. But if you do that already... go for it. Darn. Wish they had it!

And there ARE other Lumixes out there. I think this is different, though, with the 1600 ASA, the anti-camera-shake, and the small size (something about "folding optics" and "horizontal zooming"). Worth going and playing with one, though!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 8th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
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*cough*

That should have been "that you already have a quote ON"...
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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 8th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
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And why don't I have a camera icon... much less a perfect Billy/Camera icon like yours!!!? *G*
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From:spookystoy
Date:June 8th, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
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I wonder if they will eventually make the 1600 ASA available with the 12x zoom? Me likey the long zoom, but I remember what you said about the importance of the ISO.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 8th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
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I would value the 1600 over the 400 more than the 12X over the 10X. I mean, say it was 120 mm vs. 100 mm - not much difference, really. Now, if everything else were the same, I'd definitely go for the 12X instead!
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From:piratesorka
Date:June 8th, 2006 07:15 am (UTC)
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I'm not a big camera person, certainly no where as you are but gheeze this description made me lust for it!
From:ex_salwood
Date:June 8th, 2006 08:22 am (UTC)
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The higher the ASA the more grain you get, or if it's digital more camera noise.

I have been introduced to a fantastic bit of free software that gets rid of all camera noise/grain!

Shout if you want the link! :)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 8th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
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True! Although it's not that terrible up to 800 ASA, with digital.

I've heard there's good software out there; I'd love to hear what you recommend.
From:ex_salwood
Date:June 8th, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC)
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Here is what I have been using:

http://imagenomic.com/
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