First impressions – FZ 2500

This camera has an awesome amount of menu choices and buttons to select from. At my age remembering what-does-what and where to go, to get access to some of the features, is really testing my memory.

Naturally, 4k video settings were my first choice… tap the Menu button, select Video Menu, tap Rec Format – great, four choices (AVCHD, MP4, MP4 [LPCM] or MOV). For now I have chosen to go with MP4 [LPCM] as this gives me access to Variable Frame Rate (VFR) which is where I can set 120fps to shoot slow motion sequences.  The shooting mode dial also needs to be set on Creative Video mode (creativevidmode) to find the VFR setting.

Wow, this camera is lightning fast at focusing onto your subject. Watch out if you shoot in Continuous Shooting mode – a slight touch of the shutter button results in +/- six frames being recorded. My first touch captured 15 frames before I could blink!

Shooting still photos in either jpeg normal, jpeg fine or RAW is straight forward. If, like me, you prefer to shoot in RAW I recommend subscribing to Adobe’s Photoshop/Lightroom Photography Creative Cloud option (USD$9.99 per month).  Both Photoshop and Lightroom recognise FZ2500 RAW files, which allows me to process them the way I want.
I also have another option  to use On1’s Photo RAW 2018 which is installed on my MacBook Pro.
These programs give me all the control and amazing processing options that I want for my still photos.

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