Well here is what all of you have been waiting for!
The camera was in the auto mode except during the night shots in Shanghai, there the gain was reduced to 15Db. In fact the camera is set to 15Db Max.
The scene of the Chinese women doing their laundry in the river was at max, 12x tele and I used post stabilization in PD12.
The Terra Cotta soldiers are mostly screen grabs, there were signs "no tripods" but there was such a crowd that I was constantly being jostled. The camera was set at
manual focus, infinity, because there was not enough contrast in the soldiers so the focus was constantly hunting. Fortunately the subjects were holding still.
In some scenes the limited 30P shows but it is a small price to pay. In fact not a problem when considering the frame rates of commercial optical discs. Because of the
additional data rate I doubt seriously that that 60P will ever be available for consumers,either internet, optical media or TV. The only application for 60P would be movie theaters.
I feel that that the steadiness of the shots is adequate, I can live with that. Any feed back on that subject would be much appreciated. BTW I bought a monopole and felt it was not that much help
when used in the normal manner. Nor that much weight saving.
The excellent video demonstrating its use under the armpit is something I have to play with.
my 2 cents worth.
It goes w/o saying that I was very glad that I bought and was able to get the camera in time. Its PQ certainly exceeded my expectations!
It will be around for some time.