Wednesday, November 13, 2013

What a beautiful night to shoot the moon...with a compact camera?

I just shot this in my backyard. The moon is out, almost full, and it's a clear autumn night. I'm putting the finishing touches on a comprehensive review of the Panasonic FZ70, the world's longest-range zoom compact digital camera. Amazingly, it zooms from 20-1200mm (35mm equivalent) with a single built-in lens, and decided to see if it had astrophotography chops. Here's the result, slightly cropped:

Not too shabby for a camera that costs a bit over $300! Photo © Mason Resnick

(For the photography geeks: Manual exposure, 1/100 sec at f/8, ISO 100, zoomed out to 1200mm equivalent, mounted on a tripod.)

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