Originally Posted by markr041
Just think: you could follow that otter as he/she dives in the water! (great video clip, btw).
The TS5 is much cheaper than the GW77V, or its successor. And the stills are much better (and good). The video quality might even be better than that of the GW77. You give up the longer zoom, but the TS5 remote wifi could be useful, as you can set up the camera outdoors and see what it sees and when there is something interesting, you can zoom and shoot (still or video). Panasonic warns, for this use, that the camera is not theft-proof.
Thanks for the clip compliment. It was shot with my Panasonic SDT750 in 100% automatic, probably 1080i. Wildlife video is one of the times I think automatic is a wonderful thing. If you get a chance at a clip, it will be a short chance and fiddling with settings can quickly kill the opportunity.
That otter lives in Puget Sound where the water is 55 degrees, with little variance, year around. I am not going to follow any otters.
The new camera itch is not going to go away soon! Between my DW and I, we have 5 incredible pieces of 1080p60 capable equipment. Something will have to break, get dropped or be stolen before I should buy anything new.
A life long problem of mine is letting my fascination with equipment get in the way with using it. I have to keep focused on shooting with what I have and producing "art" that is interesting to watch. And, more important than that is helping my granddaughters do the same. As they become teenagers, I may have decreasing opportunities.
My 11 year old granddaughter has fallen in love. His name is "Lucky". The good news is that it is her dog. The current primary project is to make the best enlargement we can, frame it and hang it above her bed.
Buying any new camera will only get in the way. If I really did need to add a camera to my collection today, it would be a TS5.