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2nd Batch Of Pictures From My New Panasonic ZS80 — May 31, 2020.

by Anura Guruge


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Also check 7 posted in today’s ‘Pictures of the Day‘.








Do NOT panic! This will not be a daily feature. More than likely this is the last. Yes, I will still do the daily 7 pictures, but not this ‘check out my new camera‘ post. SMILE.

So, what do I think of the Panasonic ZS80. Ambivalent. Cheapest camera I have owned in years — & it feels it. SMILE.

It costs me about $325 & it takes pictures worthy of that price bracket.

Yes, I have NOT spent enough time with it. My fault. I will rectify that.

The user manual for this supposed ‘pocket’, compact ‘point-&-shoot’ weighs three times that of the camera!

Panasonic user manuals are dense & hard to read. Too much auxiliary ornamentation & redundant ‘do-hickeys‘. Very hard to plough through, Shame.


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Installed The ‘MagicDust’ (Beta) On My Garmin Fenix 5 Plus — It Has Je N’ais Se Quoi.

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Click image to access the ‘MagicDust’ documentation.


ActiFace“, for Garmin, has been the ONLY watch face I used on my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus over the last year. I like ‘ActiFace’. I had customized it for my preferences and it was just right.

On Thursday, while my Fenix 5 Plus was connected to ‘Garmin Express‘ I out of idle curiosity looked at what new watch faces were available at Connect IQ.

The ‘MagicDust‘ beta caught my eye. As you can see it does have a resemblance to ActiFace.

Downloaded it. No issues. Came up at once.

I have been too busy to sit down and customize it as yet. Appears that it has a TON of settings.

I like it. It has a certain quality and charm to it.

I am going to keep it on and see what I can do with it.

I will keep you posted.


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New Version Of ‘ActiFace’ For Garmin Watches, v7.1.4 — Works Best With Small Donation.

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Notice the “Donation Setting”.



ActiFace“, for Garmin, my preferred and default watch face on my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus, is at Version 7.1.4 as of October 11, 2014.

The icons have been changed. I think it looks better.

The BIG change, however, is that there is a “DONATION” setting — in Garmin Connect. Unless you ENABLE it YOUR user settings are NOT ACTIVATED. You don’t have to make a donation! You just need to acknowledge that you have seen the “DONATION” setting. I actually DID make a small donation. Only fair. It has to be a lot work. So, I was cool with that. I think we should only consider making a donation.

Here is the New Documentation.

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Polycom/Obihai Are CUSTOMER HOSTILE — Stay Well Clear.

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There goal is to sell product and then HIDE from the customers. NO SUPPORT, whatsoever and NO DOCUMENTATION. I kid you not. Go look. Find a User Guide for the OBi212. I challenge you.

This support request form is CLASSIC.

You have to fill in the 9-digit OBi Number field, but it REFUSES to accept the number I type in. Here you can see that I didn’t get it wrong:

Obnoxious company.

I really regret getting this damn OBi212. I am going to return it … BUT I hate doing it because I am an Amazon shareholder. I am going to report company to Amazon. I just did. {Smile}


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Obihai/Polycom OBi212 Is SO BAD That It Has Typos In Its ‘Quick Setup Guide’!

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That was pretty amazing. To see ‘phusical’! Wow. Obviously nobody proofed it. That says it all about this accursed product.

Well, the ‘phusical’ line does NOT work. So, it is a waste of money.

Do not bother to get one.

You have been warned.


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Obihai/Polycom OBi212 Has NO Documentation Nor Support. Do NOT BUY.

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I had an OBi110 for nearly 5-years. It worked, though it needed some attention over the last 12-months. Then OBi intentionally killed it, so we would UPGRADE. I did.

The OBi212 is TOTAL GARBAGE. Yes, Google Voice works and you can get incoming calls over POTS. That is IT.

You can’t dial out over the POTS. The **8 on the OBi110 does NOT work. Neither does ## nor **70.

There is NO DOCUMENTATION. Go ahead. Check online. Google. Go to the Website. I defy YOU.

ObiTalk support does NOT even recognize the model number and serial number!

Do NOT BUY! Waste of money.

Get something else or a two line phone and get a CHEAP, $20, Google Voice adapter. 

The OBi212 does NOT support OUTBOUND POTS — which is the only reason to buy this.

You have been warned. There is no need to THANK ME. I am glad to save you the $$$ and aggravation.

I got the OBi212 at the same time as the TP-Link AC750. The TP-Link, as I suspected it would, was great. Not so, the OBi. Not a good company.


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I Installed The “Camera FV-5” App On My Google Pixel 2 — Best $4 I EVER Spent!

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Study the detail … like the FUZZ on the yellow flower.

No post-processing whatsoever!

 


Click to access Android APP at the Google Play Store.


Click to access the official Homepage for the APP.



The Google Pixel 2 Camera APP has NO manual controls whatsoever! I kid you not.

Google believes that the APPs AI-based workings is far superior to what a human can achieve. That could very well be the case.

But, I miss not having any MANUAL control over focus.

‘Camera FV’ is brilliant on this score. Has a very easy to use MF mode along with Focus Assist magnification. To me that is THE BIGGIE. Changing ISO etc. is nice, BUT the Google Pixel 2 has a fixed aperture lens. So, this won’t get me that much.

Being able to change the metering mode, on the fly, however, is nice.

Also, you can ask it to give you digital camera like file IDs. Brilliant. I had struggled with the lack of that daily.


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‘ActiFace’ Has Now Become The Default Watch Face On Garmin Fenix 5.

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My Garmin Fenix 5 with ActiFace with THIS MORNINGS set-up. I made some changes in the afternoon!


Click to access the online documentation for this Watch Face.


Garmin Connect customization options.


My original plan had been to use ‘GearMin‘ as my preferred, and as such default, Watch Face on my Garmin Fenix 5.

I had ‘GearMin’ on my VivoActive HR. But, at least in my case, the ‘Down Button’ stops working when I use ‘GearMin’. Happened twice and that was enough for me.

I had downloaded ‘ActiFace’ at the same time as ‘GearMin’. I started using it. It has grown on me and I will even confess to liking it — especially after customizing it a few times. The top image shows more or less my current configuration. This afternoon I changed one field — the ‘elevation gained‘ reading. It was redundant. It is always 10x that of floors climbed, since that is Gramin’s criteria for floors climbed; i.e., 10’ change in elevation. So, I changed that to display ‘% of weekly step goal’.

I definitely recommend this watch face. It grows on you. Very capable watch face.


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Does User Guide For A Modern Digital Point-and-Shoot Have To Be 4x The Size Of The Camera?

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My RX100 II out of the box.

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My new Sony RX100 M2 (II) with the printed User Guide for it.


In the early 1980s when I was doing seminars about computer technology I used to talk about how the printed paper documentation related to building and maintaining a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet weighed more than an actual 747 — and how it would be impossible to create and maintain such a volume of documentation without computer networks.

Now this example was impressive given that the 747 wasn’t exactly small.

Yes, of course, such a comparison isn’t that dramatic — or fair — when one is dealing with smaller, lighter products.

But it struck me the other night that it is awfully incongruous that the printed ‘User Guide’ for my new camera, the Sony RX100 M2 (II), is conspicuously bigger and heavier than the camera. And I am not even including the smaller, pretty basic, multilingual ‘Instruction Manual’ that is included in the box. And this is the case with all new cameras.

Modern digital cameras are getting increasingly complex. But this is getting beyond the pale. And to be honest even this hefty, 260 page Guide doesn’t cover it all IF you want to be real pedantic. You will have to get a $25 – $35 BOOK (and I have done that too).

Just something to think about.


I Started A Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 Blog.

Taken with FZ1000.

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My FZ1000 with my home modified, with Velcro, wrist-strap. Since 2013 I have opted for wrist-straps as my primary carrying strap for cameras.

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Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 blog by Anura Guruge

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Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 blog by Anura Guruge documentation page

The ‘Documentation’ page I am working on so that folks might be able to get to all the documents they need, in one place, in a consistent manner. If nothing else I will now have access to these documents, from wherever, as long as I have an Internet connection. There is, as ever, method to my apparent madness.


I will readily confess that I am, at least for now, in total, jaw-gaping, absolute AWE with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 camera. It takes the kind of pictures I have always wanted to take. IF I had had any inkling that Panasonic Lumix ‘bridge cameras’ were this good I would have got one two years ago and saved myself a lot of grief. As I have said before we are not strangers to Lumix cameras. I know that c. 2013 we had three, possibly 4 in the house.

I only received the FZ1000, from BuyDig.com, on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. So I haven’t had it for a week yet. I have ONLY taken about 250 pictures so far. But it is an absolute joy to use. What kills me is that the FZ1000 cost me EXACTLY $1,000 less than I paid for my ill-fated Sony a77 mk II — and truth be told I kind of like the FZ1000 than the Sony! That I know is kind of sacrilegious to say. Indubitably, the Sony a77 had more features (two thumb wheels for a start), was much more solidly built and had near-infinite expandability — IF I had the money for buying lenses. But for the price I will NOW take the FZ1000 in day of the week.

A crucial drawback of the FZ1000, that others too have commented upon, is the appalling instructions that are provided by Panasonic. And to EXACERBATE the matter, I, as yet, CANNOT find a Lumix FZ1000-specific book, in English! That amazes me. Yes, there is a book for the FZ200 and other Panasonics. But not for the FZ1000. There are a ‘ton’ of books for the Sony a77 (and I bought two). In desperation, as I point out on the blog, I ended up buying a book for the Panasonic Lumix DMC GH4. That is the big brother of the FZ1000. But from what I quickly worked out (via some intense research with Google) they share about 75% of their DNA. Actually the book helps — and has helped a lot.

Part of the motivation and rationale for this FZ1000 is so that I can share the bits and pieces I discover and learn with others. I, to my joy and relief, have already made some decent strides with the Firmware. I actually upgraded to the latest version — which happens to be Ver. 2.2 (which was released in early August 2015). My camera came with Ver. 2.1. So I started by documenting that.

Another project to take up my time! But I enjoy it. I want to share the pleasure of using this camera with others.

Did it cross my mind that I should write a book about the FZ1000? Of course. But I will refrain. Time. Plus I am fairly sure, as are some others, that Panasonic will, within the next 9 months, introduce a follow-on to the FZ1000 to FURTHER compete with Sony’s new RX10 mk II — though I personally think, adamantly, that the FZ1000 is a BETTER STILLS camera than the RX10 II. The ‘new’ Lumix might be called the FZ15000 or possibly even the FZ2000. I will write a book on that!


The first few pictures with my FZ1000.

New Hampshire foliage pictures with the FZ1000.

A few more pictures with the FZ1000.
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