For a long time I have wished my Olympus OM-D E-M5
camera could perform remote shooting, but it just wasn’t possible. So when I saw that my new Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
could (potentially) handle the job, I was eager to give it a go. Therefore, one day I attached the camera to one of my old video tripods — a Manfrotto Bogen 3246
— which can extend to an amazing 7.5 feet!
On top of these legs I attached my Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head,
which allows for very precise adjustment of the position of the attached camera. All together, the tripod and head weigh about 13 pounds — definitely not a tripod to take hiking!
With this setup I positioned the camera up to nearly the same level as the bird feeder hanging from the back of my house. Then I put the ZS50 into Wi-Fi
mode, made the wireless connection
to it with my iPad Mini,
and fired up Panasonic’s Image App
software so I could remote control the camera via my iPad.
Over a period of one hour I took 250 photos. Once I looked at the results, I was astounded by the quality of the photos I had taken. You can see the best 21 shots in this album.
Actually, you can see more than 21 photos, because there are a few two-image sequences in the album, as well as a 24-photo sequence which shows various poses of a sparrow at the feeder. Including the sequence pictures, there is a total of 47 bird photos to be seen in this album.
I am very, very pleased, happy, and even elated with the photos presented here! The ZS50 really surpassed my expectations! And I am also quite happy with the performance of Panasonic’s remote control app on my iPad.
You can see more Panasonic ZS50 test shots in the Portland Japanese Garden, Stereo 2015
and Panasonic ZS50 Test Shots