Panasonic’s Lumix LX series of compact cameras has always had a strong following. It’s a small camera with knobs and dials and it works like a traditional camera, with all the modern conveniences.
The latest version, the DMC-LX7, features an f1.4-2.3 Leica DC Vario-Summilux with a zoom range from 24-90mm. At the wide-angle end, this is two stops better than most professional lenses, and will assist in producing shallow depth-of-field and out-of-focus backgrounds.
Other features include Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabiliser), a 10-megapixel MOS sensor, 16 Creative Control filters and a time lapse mode. RRP $649 in Australia. For more information, visit www.lumix.com.au.
The photograph was taken in New Zealand out towards Arthurs Pass during the recent convention in Christchurch. A group of us took the day off to look around and I travelled with Jackie Ranken (our tour leader and the current NZ Epson Professional Photographer of the Year), Kylie Lyons (AIPP National president), David Paterson (AIPP APPA chairman) and Ian Poole. The photo was taken at the north end of Lake Pearson.
What I like about little cameras like this is the file quality. It's a step above that of the camera phone. What I don't like is it's harder to post photos straight onto the internet, which is where the camera phones work really well. No doubt the two will merge one day.
I have a Eye-Fi card which I'm playing with. It lets you transfer images from the card (which you use as a normal SD card for storage in your camera) to your iPhone or iPad etc, and then from there you can upload your photos. Unfortunately, it doesn't work with the Nikon D800E I have borrowed to take to Bhutan with me next week... And I'm not sure what the internet connectivity will be in Bhutan either, but I'll see if I can post a few pics while I'm gone!