Any tips for DMC-ZS60 concerts photos?

10 months 3 weeks ago #643104 by houstonmusic
Got this cam in 2016 and have been happy overall, if it weren't for the fact that I can't seem to be able to do good concert photos with it.

Haven't tried manual mode as I am not really sure what I am doing, but maybe I should...

Any tips?

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7 months 4 weeks ago #654059 by Ozzie_Traveller
Just seen this post ...

Maybe the OP has been to a concert and found answers?? -or-
maybe the OP is still seeking information - if so please advise and I will offer some data to assist

Phil from the great land Downunder

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7 months 4 weeks ago #654215 by houstonmusic
@Ozzie_Traveller - I can still use the help, tried bunch of settings, options but it doesn't seem to track fast enough on auto focus to do decent concert shots. It' so pathetic, actually our phones are doing better than this camera.

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7 months 3 weeks ago #654347 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day mate - good to hear back from you

Your phones will appear to do better as they have no focus mechanism to consider - they are all fixed-focus, wide-angle lenses of about F2 max aperture ~ so it appears to do just about everything 'real easy', therefore their popularity to the masses. Also - as most users only view the results on the tiny phone screen, the results always look good!

For you - the Panny will produce heaps better images once you have cracked its best operation

a) "A" aperture mode, set to max aperture which will alter a bit as you zoom
b) ISO-1600 with EV +/- set to minus 1,0 [ie: equiv to ISO-3200]
c) focus point set to single-point, medium to large square
d) set WB as AWB as lighting will vary constantly thru the performance
e) use eyepiece not LCD screen during the concert

The idea for b) above is that the performers are under a spotlight and brighter than the background, so setting EV to minus-1,0 will better expose faces etc.
With c) your camera can set single-point focus from a tiny square to a much larger square and you will find that it reacts better with it set to medium size. [with 49 focus points, the camera can be set for 1x or 2x2=4 or 3x3=9 or 4x4=16 or 5x5=25 etc. focus points. I have found that the 4x4 gives me a good result in lower-light situations]

Hope this helps
ps- have a sqwiz at my Flickr pics for a concert I did some time back to see what's possible with the above settings

Phil from the great land Downunder

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7 months 3 weeks ago #654460 by houstonmusic
Thanks, your band photos look good. Mainly it's fighting with the camera autofocus...

I'll try your suggestions. Now I need a live band :)

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