Continuous focus /continuous shooting FZ2500

Each summer members of our local camera club are invited to record the annual Surf To Surf Fun Run in Warrnambool, here in south west Victoria, Australia.

This year we had 15 members located strategically around the 10km and 6km courses. The result was more than 10,000
images uploaded to the WCCI website where
participants can download free images of themselves
in action.

This was an ideal opportunity to test the FZ2500 in a
continuous focus/continuous shooting situation.

Setting up the camera was quite easy. For Continuous Focus just set the focus switch on back of camera to AFC. Turn the shooting mode dial on top left of camera to Continuous
Shooting position and you’re ready to go!

The FZ2500 is super fast when set to continuous
shooting. Fortunately you get a choice of three Burst Speeds in the set up menu – H, M or L. H is very fast. Just touching the shutter release gives about 15 frames before you can blink!
L was a bit slow for running athletes so I stuck with the
M setting, but even this speed records about 8 frames with one touch of the shutter!

Anyway, in only 1.5 hours shooting I recorded 5,800 images. However, heavy editing reduced these files to 2,900
selections, most of which were uploaded to the club’s
website.
Using Quick Time Pro I was able to generate a very interesting time-lapse style movie sequence from the 5,800, images which runs for 13 minutes.

In our part of the world, camera clubs can enter audio video sequences created from still images, into State-wide
competitions. The 3-21 section of these competitions
requires that a sequence be exactly 3 minutes and 21
seconds duration between the first and last frames.
Here is a sample A/V made from a selection of the fun run
images.

surf-to-surf-3-21-screen

First video tests with FZ2500

Capturing the quality of 4k shooting was one of my main
reasons for investing in this camera, so naturally I had to find a relatively difficult subject to test it on.
A local vantage point offering views of the southern ocean across various rocky reefs was the chosen location.

Having chosen my reef for the zoom test I used Manual photo settings to establish the ideal exposure to use. I then set video recording to be 4k quality in mp4 format. The FZ2500 function button Fn1 automatically zooms the lens out and button Fn2 zooms it back in again. There are three speeds that can be
applied to these settings.
I chose Medium speed then recorded about 30 seconds of footage.

Next, I wanted to try the slow motion feature. To do this the video format is set to mp4[LPCM] at 1920×1080 quality. Luckily for me a cray fishing boat happened to pass by about 1km out to sea, just when I was ready to start
recording. After manually zooming and focusing the lens to frame the boat properly I tapped the Video record button and filmed for close on 25 seconds.
Hooray, first time success!

It was really exciting reviewing my clips on the computer when home again. I can’t wait to get out again and shoot more clips.

Click this thumbnail to view results of these tests.
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