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Paulq
01-01-10, 07:44 PM
Hi

I recently bought one of these (TZ7) after reading rave reviews but so far have been really disappointed with some of the photographs I have taken indoors.

At this stage let me admit that I reckon the problem is down to me rather than the camera as I am a complete novice.

Basically I use the 'Intelligent Auto' setting and when the subject is at relatively close range, indoors, the results are fabulous. However (particularly in low light)when I use the zoom feature the results are grainy and blurred and I just don't know where I'm going wrong. Recent examples were when I was at a concert and, granted, the subject was moving a lot and yesterday I attended a wedding where the results at zoom are awful.

Is there something fundamental I am missing or is it simply too much to expect the camera to display excellent results in low light at zoom? Is there a way I can manually adjust the non 'IA' settings to help me achieve better results?

The final question is to whether there is a better camera for me? Previously I have used much lower end Sony compacts which have all been great no matter how I use them.

All help much appreciated.

chris-martin
06-01-10, 08:48 PM
Without seeing sample images it is hard to know what you mean by awful results. The zoom has a large range so at the long (telephoto) end, you will need to hold the camera very steady (ie a tripod or other support) to get sharp images. Also in low light conditions, you will get digital noise (colour blurring) if you don't use the flash. Mix together long range (ie high zoom) and low light, add in a moving subject and you have a recipe for poor images straight away.

Mat Gallagher
18-01-10, 04:34 PM
Hi Paul,

Could you post one of your images or send it through to me by email? The address is mat_gallagher@ipcmedia.com

318197
11-03-10, 03:32 PM
Fingers crossed its just user error :p as i just brought one of these, should arrive tomorrow.

Chris Cool
12-03-10, 11:48 AM
Fingers crossed its just user error :p as i just brought one of these, should arrive tomorrow.
I don't have a problem with mine but you can't use zoom in poor light without some sort of support - I use a pocket tripod that I put against columns or walls etc, to steady my shot...

Have fun :)

Chris

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318197
12-03-10, 01:52 PM
I don't have a problem with mine but you can't use zoom in poor light without some sort of support - I use a pocket tripod that I put against columns or walls etc, to steady my shot...

Have fun :)

Chris

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Camera arrived this morning is there any setting i should check for optimum performance etc on the TZ7? or does it just depend on the situation.

Chris Cool
13-03-10, 12:58 PM
Camera arrived this morning is there any setting i should check for optimum performance etc on the TZ7? or does it just depend on the situation. Well yes in a way but I usually keep mine on landscape for vivid images. If you use iA, then it will automatically sort out the correct settings for what you are looking at.

It's worth reading about the scene modes as they set the camera up for the best shooting conditions.

Enjoy :)

Chris

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318197
14-03-10, 01:13 PM
Well yes in a way but I usually keep mine on landscape for vivid images. If you use iA, then it will automatically sort out the correct settings for what you are looking at.

It's worth reading about the scene modes as they set the camera up for the best shooting conditions.

Enjoy :)

Chris

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Thanks again Chris ... just need to scout ebay for a spare battery or 2 now ... As for cards will thus be fine? Twin Pack: contains 2 x 4GB SD HC Class 6 Cards = 13.99 http://www.play.com/Electronics/Electronics/4-/9814018/Play-com-4GB-SD-HC-Class-6-Card-Twin-Pack/Product.html

Thanks
Craig

Chris Cool
14-03-10, 01:28 PM
Thanks again Chris ... just need to scout ebay for a spare battery or 2 now ... As for cards will thus be fine? Twin Pack: contains 2 x 4GB SD HC Class 6 Cards = 13.99 http://www.play.com/Electronics/Electronics/4-/9814018/Play-com-4GB-SD-HC-Class-6-Card-Twin-Pack/Product.html

Thanks
Craig

They should work fine :)

Batteries need to work with software 1.2 for the TZ7 so make sure it says that or ask seller before buying...

I had a look for you and it seems most are now aware of the updated chip in the battery Clicky (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Battery-for-Panasonic-DMW-BCG10-BCG10e-DMC-TZ6-DMC-TZ7_W0QQitemZ170450250871QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Pho tography_DigitalCamBatt_RL?hash=item27afa06c77)

Cheers


Chris

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Nigel Atherton
15-03-10, 10:07 AM
Just to reiterate what was said previously on here though. If you're taking pictures of moving subjects in low light with the zoom you're going to be pushing any compact camera to the limits of its abilities. But turn the flash off, set a high ISO (or the Hi Auto mode) make sure the image stabilisation is ON and try to stabilise yourself (such as tucking your arms in to your chest).
Your pictures WILL be grainy (inevitable at high ISOs with a compact) but should be otherwise okay.