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Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ10

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Mar 19, 2011 in Brain Dump

 

I’ve been on the lookout for a new camera for a while now, as my previous Acer CR-6530 camera was getting a tad old. Now don’t get me wrong, the CR-6530 is still a great camera, but the battery was on it’s way out, and it’s not quite as portable as the newer camera.

I was lucky enough to received the Panasonic HDC-SD200 HD Camcorder for my birthday a couple of years ago, and was blown away by how good the camera quality was…so since then, I’ve been on the lookout.

The thing that really caught my eye about the TZ10, was the ability to meta tag your photos with the GPS co-ordinates. Now I know this is a little geeky, and not everybody’s cup of tea but it’s just something I’ve got used to with the iPhone 4.

Each photo I take on the iPhone get meta tagged with the co-ordinates and passes this information to iPhoto and then to Flickr. Now granted you can do this manually, but where’s the fun in that !.

Now I know that the new model has just come out (the TZ20, 14.1 megapixels and a touch screen), but this was the perfect time to buy, as the price of this little beauty has dropped like a stone. When I originally looked at it around Christmas time, it was sat at £250+, now it’s £190.

So, now you know why I’ve gone for Panasonic, and why this model….so how is it…..it’s pretty damn good. This camera is so feature rich, after a week of playing with it I’ve still not scratched the surface, I could attempt to describe how good it is, or just look at the bottom of this post for some images I took in the back garden, the rest can be found on my flickr public gallery

Below, are the unboxing pics, as well as tech specs

 

Product Features

 

  • LUMIX super zoom digital camera with intelligent auto mode and optical image stabilizer
  • 12.1 megapixel, 25mm Wide-angle 12x optical zoom with LEICA DC lens
  • Intelligent resolution technology and 16x intelligent zoom
  • HD movie in AVCHD Lite and HDMI compatibility featuring VIERA television link
  • Travel mode with GPS for easy organizing images of travel

Technical Details

Product type: LUMIX Super Zoom Digital Camera
Lens: 12x Optical Zoom 25mm Ultra Wide-angle LEICA DC Vario Elmar (25mm to 300mm equivalent) featuring Power O.I.S.
Effective Pixels: 12.1 Megapixels
Optics
Camera Effective Pixels: 12.1 Megapixels
Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter: 1/2.33-type / 14.5 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter
Aperture: F3.3 – 4.9/ Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F3.3 – 6.3 (W) / F4.9 – 6.3 (T))
Optical Zoom: 12x
Focal Length: f=4.1-49.2mm (25-300mm in 35mm equiv.)
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ): 14.7x (4:3 / 8M), 18.8x (4:3 / 5M), 23.4x (under 3M)
Intelligent Zoom: 16x
Lens: LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR / 10 elements in 8 groups / (2 Aspherical Lenses / 3 Aspherical surfaces / 2 ED lenses)
2-Speed Zoom: Yes
Optical Image Stabilizer: Power O.I.S. (Off / Auto / Mode1 / Mode2)
Digital Zoom: 4x / ( Max. 48.0 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom ) / (Max. 93.8 x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
Focusing Area: Normal: Wide 50 cm – infinity / Tele 200 cm – infinity / Macro / Intelligent AUTO / Clipboard: Wide 3 cm – infinity / Tele 100cm – infinity
Focus Range Display: Yes
AF Assist Lamp: Yes
Focus: Normal / Macro, Zoom Macro, Quick AF On/Off (On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF On/Off, AF Tracking
AF Metering: Face / AF Tracking / 11pt / 1pt HS / 1pt / Spot
Shutter Speed: Still: 60 – 1/2000 sec / Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec.
Shutter Interval: approx. 1.0 sec
Recording
ISO Sensitivity: Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / High Sensitivity (ISO 1600-6400)
Face Recognition: Photo
Optical Image Stabilizer: Photo & Movie
Intelligent ISO Control: Photo
Face Detection: Photo & Movie
Intelligent Scene Selector: Photo (Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Sunset, Macro) & Movie (Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Macro)
Intelligent Exposure: Photo & Movie
AF Tracking: Photo
Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal): Photo
Intelligent Resolution Technology: Photo & Movie
File Format: Still Image: JPEG(DCF/Exif2.21) / Image with Audio: JPEG (DCF / Exif2.21) + QuickTime / Motion picture: AVCHD Lite / QuickTime Motion JPEG
AVCHD Lite REC NTSC / PAL (Depends on Region)
Mode Switch: [Recording] / [Playback]
One-Touch Movie Button: Yes
Mode Dial / Mode Button: Intelligent Auto, P, A, S, M, Custom, My SCN 1, My SCN 2, SCN, Clipboard
Still Image Scene Mode: Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, / Pet, Sunset, High sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial photo, Pinhole, Film Grain, High Dynamic(Standard, Art, B&W), Photo Frame, Underwater
Movie Scene Mode: Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Food, Party, Candle Light, Sunset, Beach, Snow, Aerial, Pinhole, Film Grain, nderwater, High Sensitivity, High Dynamic(Standard, Art, B&W) / (Activated by selecting Still Picture Scene Mode then pressing movie button. Still Picture Scene Modes: Without corresponding Movie Scene Mode is recorded in Normal Mode)
Continuous Shooting Mode: Full-Resolution Image, 2.3 frames/sec Max. 5 images (Standard mode), Max 3 images (Fine Mode) / High-speed Burst Mode: approx. 6.0 frames/sec (image priority) / approx. 10 frames/sec (speed priority) / (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)
Flash Burst Continuous Shooting Mode: Max. 5 images (Standard mode)
Motion Picture Recording: [4:3] VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps (Motion JPEG) / QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG) / [16:9] WVGA: 848 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG) / [HD Movie] 1280×720 pixels, / NTSC Mode: NTSC model: 60p(CCD output is 30p) / PAL model: 50p(CCD output is 25p) / (AVCHD Lite, GSH, SH: 17Mbps / GH, H:13Mbps / GL, L:9Mbps ) / 30fps (Motion JPEG)
AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [SH] (Continuous recordable time): Approx. 100 min
MOTION JPEG with picture quality set to [HD] (Continuous recordable time): Approx. 100 min
AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [SH] (Actual recordable time): Approx. 50 min
MOTION JPEG with picture quality set to [HD] [[SH] (Actual recordable time): Approx. 50 min
Exposure: Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Compensation: 1/3 EV step, +/-2 EV
Backlight Compensation: Yes (only in Intelligent AUTO mode)
Auto (AE) Bracketing: +/- 1/3 EV ~1EV step, 3 frames
Multi-Aspect: Yes
Light Metering: Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9
Still Picture Recording: [4:3] 4000×3000(12M) / 3264×2448(8M) / 2560×1920(5M) / 2048X1536(3M) / 640X480(0.3M) / [3:2] 4176×2784 (11.5M) / 3392×2264 (7.5M) / 2656×1768 (4.5M) / 2048×1360 (2.5M) / 640×424 (0.3M) / [16:9] 4320×2432 (10.5M) / 3552×2000 (7M) / 2784×1568 (4.5M) / 1920×1080 (2M) / 640×360 (0.2M)
Image Quality: Fine / Standard
White Balance: Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set / (Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Sports, Panorama Assist, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, Highspeed Burst, Pinhole, Photo Frame, High Dynamic, Underwater)
Quick Menu: Yes
Color Mode / Color Effect: Standard, Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm, Happy (only in iA Mode)
Picture Adjustment: Contrast ±2steps / Sharpness ±2steps / Saturation ±2steps / Noise Reduction ±2steps / (can be adjusted in Film Mode)
Still Image with Audio Recording: 5 sec
GPS: Yes
Real-time histogram: Yes
Composition Guide line: Yes (2 pattern)
Auto Review: 1sec, 2sec, Hold
Easy Zoom / Zoom Resume: No / Yes
Optical Zoom in Motion Picture: Yes
Macro Zoom: Yes
Orientation Detector: Yes
Scene Mode Help Screen: Yes
Self Timer: 2sec / 10sec
Focus Icon Select: Yes (in Face Recognition only)
Playback
Playback Mode: Normal Playback, Slideshow, Category Playback, GPS Playback, Travel Playback, Mode Playback, Favorites Playback
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback: 12,30-thumbnails / Max 16x
Calendar Display / Dual-Image Playback: Yes / No
Set Favorites / Rotate Image: Yes / No
Playback Still Images with Audio: Yes
Playback Motion Picture: Yes ( AVC HD Lite/ Motion JPEG)
Slideshow Mode: All / Still Images Only / Motion Picture Only / GPS Area / Travel / Category / Favorites / BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF)
Show Histogram: Yes
Delete Image: Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites
DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection: Yes / Yes
Resize / Trim / Aspect Conv. / Leveling: Yes / Yes / Yes / Yes
Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp: Yes / Yes / Yes
Cut Animation: Yes
Video Divide: Yes
PictBridge Support: Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF
Setup
Movie REC Guide: Yes
Wind-Cut in Motion Picture: Yes
Travel Date / World Time: Yes / Yes
Metrics
Dimensions: (W x H x D) 103.3 x 59.6 x 32.6 mm (4.07 x 2.35 x 1.28 in)
Weight: Approx. 218g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.48 lb) / Approx. 196g without Battery and SD Memory Card (0.43 lb)
Others
LCD Monitor: Field of View : approx. 100% Wide Viewing Angle / AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode
Built-in-Flash: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off / 0.6 – 5.3m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 – 3.6m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Recording Media: Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Built-in-Memory: Approx. 15MB
Microphone / Speaker: Stereo(Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator) / Yes
Interface: AV Output (NTSC/PAL, NTSC only for N. America), mini HDMI, USB2.0 High speed
Viera Link: Yes
HDMI output: Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p(576p for PAL) / Audio: Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator
Power: ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Minimum: 895mAh) (Included) / AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional)
Battery life (approx.): 300 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Included Software: PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.1 HD Edition (5.0 Edition for China). / QuickTime.Adobe Reader
Standard Accessories: Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Battery Case, AV Cable, USB Cable, AC Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM
Further Specifications
NOTE: • Motion pictures can be recorded continuously for up to 29 minutes 59 seconds in European PAL area.
Substance Information under EU Regulation 1907/20

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Finally digitised

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Oct 31, 2010 in Apple, Films

Many many moons ago, I spent the best part of 3 months, ripping all my CD’s to mp3, ensuring all the meta tag info was correct, and the album artwork was present.

This year, it’s time for my DVD collection.

As some of you may know, I’ve recently bought an Apple TV (well 2 actually), and a 4TB Raid Storage device to store all my media.

After playing around with the Apple TV, I noticed the feature of “Computers”, and how this would stream anything from my iTunes library on my MacMini. As a test, I added a few more items (as I only had the “Digital Copies” from some of my recent DVD purchases), and these streamed fine, so decided to work on ripping my entire collection.

So, about a 2 months ago, I set to work using Handbrake to start ripping all my DVD’s to a “iTunes happy” format. Handbrake comes with a number of default settings, and I found using the default “Apple TV” format gave a good balance between quaility and file size. Another great feature of this default setting is that not only does it rip the 5.1 audio stream (allowing this to be played via the Apple TV), it also took the 5.1 track and down sampled this to 2 channels, allowing this to be played on any other device that can read mp4 format.

So two painful month have passed, and I’ve finally ripped all my DVD movies, meta tagged them, and added them to the iTunes library on the MacMini.

To get all 276 DVD Movies, and multiple TV boxsets ripped into iTunes I had 5 Macs all running Handbrake 0.94 and spent every spare moment at home switching disks as they finished. I had no problem with 95% of the disk, as they ripped first time. I did however find problems with some of the newer disks, and had to use either MacTheRipper to rip them to my hard drive, or if that didn’t work Ripit seemed to get it done. Once on my hard drive, I was able to then covert them.

As you can imagine, the disks were all finishing at different times, and initially found myself checking the progress every hour or so. If a disk had finished, I then started the next disk going. After the first 50 disks or so, I decided there had to be a smarter way. After a little research, I found I could redirect the growl messages (for when the encoding was complete), to my iPhone. The software I used on my iPhone was Boxcar, this combined with a plugin for growl would then send me a push notification upon completion.

I noticed after I’d ripped them all, the some of the media looks a little “jaggy” (namely the animation, and some older films), after reading the forums, people suggested turning on the Detelecine setting in the Picture setting, and this worked a treat. I did have to re-rip a handful of disks, but it was no biggy.

Once I’d ripped a film, I used a piece of software called iDentify, this searches TheMovieDB, tagChimp and TheTVDB and fill in all the meta information, including chapter names (if available), actors, rating, artwork etc.

I soon realised that if I named the film by it’s IMDB name, eg tt0092610, as in http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092610/, this would allow the software to instantly find the correct film. With the TV episodes, I learnt to look on TheTVDB.com first, and made sure the episodes I was ripping matched the naming on there, eg “Battlestar Galactica (2003)”, and then adding s01e01…and continued this throughout the boxsets. The result of this was the files renamed to either the IMDB name or TVDB name.

1 slight bugbear I had, was the TV boxsets that didn’t run in order. An example of this was the run order of Star Trek TNG, on one of the disks I believe it went 108, 116, 115, 117, or something like that. This meant I had to fire up the disk, and check the episode list before ripping, so I could name the files correctly, ensuring when the meta data was applied, it was correct for that episode.

All in all, a worthwhile task, I now have instant access to all my music, TV and movies from either the bedroom or front room.

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