I walked into the house & only turned on the kitchen light. Dropped my bag on the counter, pulled out the camera & snapped. It was quite dark in the adjacent room -- far too dark to read, for instance. Not bad focus and color for that, particularly since I didn't fool with any settings.
I chose the camera reading reviews online. This also exposed me to the price in the US. Suffice to say that I almost threw up when I discovered what it cost here.
Speaking of cost, the saleslady (who was excellent) is trying to get me to buy the extended warranty. It would be for two years, on top of the one-year warranty that comes from the manufacturer. It's 479 pesos, or almost 40 bucks US or CAD. That seems pricey, but I'm also skittish because of how much it cost me to get my (now totally non-functioning) Samsung, bought in the US, fixed here. Of course the Panasonic is supposedly a much better camera, so theoretically less likely to malfunction. I have until Saturday to make up my mind. Make it up for me, please!
Nice camera. Don't ever buy an extended service agreement. Don't. Ever. The store has done the math better than you can and priced it to make themselves a tidy profit. This goes for all products from electronics to cars.
Thanks, Fumobici. That's always been my stance about those warranties. I would not consider it at all it it weren't for the fact that there is only one (1!) person in Oaxaca who fixes cameras. He charged me @60 dollars to make the lens work on the Samsung.
Nice place, Bixa! I love a nosie at people's homes........ ;D I NEVER buy extended warranties either - total waste of time and money....but then I hardly ever buy anything brand new! Looks like a pretty good camera too - I look forward to loads of pics...
Jeez, bixa, you've gone and bought a Panasonic. You've obviously not read the very recent report on them from the Campaign to Remove Awful Pictures in association with Camera Avoidance Magazine, Europe, Russia And Slovenia - (C.R.A.P. C.A.M.E.R.A.S. for short).
They clearly state that Panasonic cameras are only made first thing on a Monday morning and last thing on a Friday afternoon by sections of the prison population of Liechtenstein. The parts used to assemble the cameras are imported from derelict factories in Kazakhstan left over from when the USSR imploded. As regards the standard of materials used there is a generally accepted scale amongst the manufacturing world of quality ranging from 1 - (excellent) to 10 - (very poor). Apparently the stuff used for your camera is a momentous three hundred and forty seven - (rated as much use as a chocolate fire guard, a chocolate teapot, an ashtray on a motorbike, a pogo stick in quicksand, a windscreen wiper on a submarine, as useless as a one armed trapeze artist with an itchy arse).
Well, I can report that the fascinating macro feature so easily demonstrated in the store yesterday has completely eluded me so far.
Yikes, Myrt ~~ the house is a total work in progress right now. The stoopid painters left nails and screws in the wall. The picture in the photo was just hung on one of those to get it out of the way for the moment. When I whip the place into shape I'll send you a picture so you'll have a better impression of me.
Mark, you are the best! I should have checked with you before buying the damned thing. It's a moot point now, anyway. When I was reading the instruction manual, it directed me not to use the camera as a base for a candle.* As I'd already done that in order to have light to read by, the camera now needs to be replaced. I'll ask you before buying anther one! *I'm not making that up!
As for the tidying up ~~ ha! You never heard of cropping a picture?
HW, Kerouac's camera has the Leica lens, mine does not. This was addressed in the reviews I read, & I decided that for the moment, the FH20 was fine for my needs. Actually, I was lucky to get it, as apparently it's only now being introduced here. Kerouac, is yours the Panasonic Lumix ZR1?
Mine: The DMC-FH20 features a newly developed 28mm wide-angle* high quality LUMIX DC VARIO lens with powerful 8x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 28-224mm) into a slim, compact body. Comprising 9 elements in 7 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses with 6 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit realizes the outstandingly slim and compact body, yet achieving exceptional optical performance.
I have no idea what that means. I am slowly accepting that cameras might need to be replaced every couple of years. If I can learn to use the features on this one, and if I can become better at picture-taking, I guess I'll reward myself with a better camera next time around ........ or maybe I'll be happy enough with this one.
Wow Bixa,nice!!! And ,are these your new digs?: Wow again...I'm impressed!!!! As for memory cards,I was told recently by a professional photographer that one should always use a card reader when loading pictures onto the computer,and, to always use a new memory card in a new camera. I'm sure there are many schools of thought on this but,I took his word for it,so paranoid am I of f'ing up my new camera. Congrats!!!
That is really good to know, Casimira, especially since I have a card reader already. Ditto about the new memory card. I wanted to start out with a new one, but was wondering if the old one could be used as back-up, or is there a danger of virus or something.
And thanks for the nice words about the house. I really love the place, but am lagging about whipping it into shape.
My thinking was that the amount stored on a 2MB would be ample, as I usually unload my pics promptly. I suppose if I were going out of town & wanted to take lots of photos, I could get another card. The one in my old camera is 1GB.
That's a hugely desirable camera, Kerouac! Your recent botanical pictures and night-time shots really show its worth. (& your talent)
HW, would a different card help me take better pictures, then?
When I read all the reviews before buying a camera, one thing that was always mentioned was recovery speed -- how quickly you can take the next picture. So some of that has to do with the camera itself, right?
So, same question as above: would a different kind of card be helpful?
No. Higher speeds only really useful if you're taking "bursts" of pictures consisting of many shots - in which case the camera's buffer could become overloaded... oh, and they can be useful for video too.
That is the kind of information that will be referred to over and over.
Since I just saw the link, I haven't really read it well yet. Can you tell me if it's safe to use a card from a previous camera in the new camera?
There is simply not much choice in what to buy here. I bought a Kodak card with the Lumix, but the card in my old camera is a 1GB SanDisk. It would be so handy to take the big memory on vacation, for instance.
I am always afraid that something might happen if I do not upload pictures rapidly (what could happen?) -- so there are certain times of year where I upload photos every day, often 40 or 50 photos -- sometimes 200 or more if I have been at an "event."
Thill, this thread covers a little bit about a couple of the hosting sites.
Photobucket is hugely popular. It can make you crazy, but overall is a good photohoster. photobucket.com/
You might want to check out Imgur, as well. It's pretty straightforward. So far, I only use it when uploading one or very few pics, but it has tools & add-ons I haven't tried yet. imgur.com/
Thill, or anyone -- please make any tutorial or q&a threads you wish in the Image Bank sub-boards. Also anyone can ask & answer questions in the existing threads. Rikita (a contributor to the IB sub-boards) suggested that the "read this first" message made people think they could not. The message was just meant to discourage random chat in threads meant to be instructional.