Photographer's Guide to the Panasonic ZS100/TZ100 Paperback – 4 Jun 2016
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This book begins by explaining how to set up the basic automatic functions to get you taking good photos within a short period. It then explains the multitude of other and more advanced features of the camera. Having illustrations to refer to makes it a lot easier to understand.
There's an incredible amount of very useful helpful information in this book. All you need is the time to read it, take it all in and practice on your camera. If you want to learn how to get the best out of your TZ100 and understand how to use it correctly then this is the book to buy - excellent.
I don't use it as a photo manual as such, but more as a reference point. If I'm planning a day out, with family or dog where there will some action shots and video opportunities, or for a more scenic walk with plants and landscapes I'll dip into the guide the night before and get up to speed on the functions that work best in these situations and set up a custom menu to quicken things along.
One tip for iPad or tablet owners - I would recommend you download this to your tablet and not to Kindle, as you will lose the richess of the LCD screen grabs, and with menu hyperlinks it's much easier to navigate to the sections you need.
Another very good guide by Alexander White and well worth the investment to get the best out of a this cracking little camera's capabilities.
Written for people of all levels rather than expert photographers, this book is definitely a case of 'missing manual'. It covers pretty much everything in digestible chapters, and even gives you advice on what kind of settings are sufficient for your needs. I started to work my way from the beginning, until I figured out enough to be able to use the camera. Now I dip in and out, highlight what I need, bookmark relevant pages so that I can refer to it time and time again. This is a book I will treasure until my camera needs replacing again (probably not for a long time).
Panasonic should hire Alexander White and get him to write their manuals.
One last thing: as this book is a lot cheaper on Kindle and paper copies take longer to be delivered, get the Kindle copy and then read the book on the Kindle Cloud Reader on your laptop or desktop computer. It's much better than on a standard Kindle (like the Paperwhite) as there are illustrations and tables.
I do usually struggle to grasp all of the plethora of what a camera of this quality can do and end up just using "auto" and missing out on lots of features. This book helps enormously with getting to grips with how to get the very best from your camera. Can't recommend it enough - if like me you need a bit of hand holding through the myriad of features then this is for you.
Whilst it does repeat information contained in Panasonic's basic and advanced guides, it does so in everyday non-technical language.
There is also a useful short section with tips and tricks.
The Author uses the Amercan version of the camera, but this is identical to the European model. His camera uses Firmware version 1.0 but any difference between his and current Firmware have been insignificant.
I have no hesitation in recommending this guide to any TZ100 owners.