For the last month I’ve been doing a lot of research on cameras…I can’t afford a full-fledged SLR camera, but needed something much better than the Canon S5-IS that I had (should never have let go of my S2-IS). I checked out Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Sony, Pentax, Kodak, but I kept coming back to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150. I put off buying it as I wanted to use my Sears card (6 month no interest), and Sears had it listed for $600…but then they dropped the price to Amazon’s price…I bought it. :)
First thing I notice was how light it was compared to the Canon! It takes a battery pack instead of 4 AA batteries. Love the hand grip, feels very comfortable and natural while holding the camera. I know this is small stuff, but MY LORD! This camera has a lens cap that actually STAYS on the lens! I can’t tell you how many times I cussed at that Canon lens cap. It comes with a short paper manual with quick run-downs…and a complete manual on dvd (also the menu in the camera is very easy to follow). So far I just read through the paper copy and have been taking pictures by trial & error.
Here are a few of my pictures taken up at Rancho San Rafael Park next the University of Nevada. We had a really nice day yesterday, mostly over-cast but warm.
Pictures are as is out of the camera…some may have been cropped and all have been sized down.
The next two are what happened when I was fiddling with the Macro…I didn’t quite grasp the directions at first and took a WTF picture (which I sorta like! LOL!). The camera focused onto the flowers in the background and not what I was trying to take (which is the second photo).
The next photo was taken with the Intelligent Auto setting…
This one is with the Creative Control Mode set to Expressive…my naked eye caught colors more closely to the Expressive setting.
I’ll post more pictures tomorrow.