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Day 227: On a Train with Camera

Day 227: On a Train with Camera

It’s been agonizing getting to this point in the camera situation. At one point, I thought I wanted the compact SLR camera with interchangeable lenses, and at another, I thought I wanted the plain old point and shoot. One day, I refused to give up the option of additional lenses, but the next, I was firm on having the most compact option available.

And then, other factors came into play… like money. Did I really want to buy a 4/3rds camera and then have to spend hundreds on extra lenses and whatnot? Was I going to get the best quality for my buck if I just stuck with the main kit lens?

Then, there’s also the fact that I hated to take out my big camera, never felt like I would be a professional photographer and didn’t want to be tied to any real amount of camera equipment. I’ve learned about myself as a traveler and photographer over the past few years and I think now I just need a quality point and shoot.

This is what I decided on: the Panasonic Lumix LX5. It has a bright lens, shoots in RAW and is compact, meaning I might just use it more often than not!

I’ve had very little time to play around and figure out all the goodies with the camera, but from what I’ve gathered so far, it has a ton of great features. I’m loving the “expressive” shooting mode that brings out colors. I used it on the train in the photos below (no post-processing involved in any of these shots):

The Inside of Train on Expressive Mode

The Inside of Train on Expressive Mode

Out the Window

Out the Window on Expressive Mode

window graffiti on train

Window Graffiti

Roseville Sign

Roseville sign in bright blue.

Roseville Station

Roseville Station

Aspect Ratio:

Besides the expressive mode, I love that there are several aspect options: 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9.

You can see a photo in each aspect below:

one to one aspect

1:1 Aspect Ratio

four thirds aspect

4:3 Aspect Ratio

three halves aspect

3:2 Aspect Ratio

sixteen ninths aspect

16:9 Aspect Ratio

Some other shots:

expressive macro

Expressive Macro

Normal Macro

Normal Macro

Now what:

Like I stated above, I’ve had very little “real” camera use time, so I can’t say for certain if this is totally awesome or a flop. I can say that I enjoy it, but the real test will be when I take my camera to Queensland next week. So, in the meantime, I’ll keep shooting away and seeing if this is something I want to keep, or if I should start the process of selling my big DSLR. I got a great deal on this camera, but it’s still not cheap, so I’ll want to make sure it is covered by some travel insurance.

Overall, I’m excited to have a camera that better suits my personality, and I hope that translates into more and better travel photos. We’ll see!

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4 Responses to Day 227: Playing with a New Camera

  1. Rebecca August 18, 2011 at 3:39 am #

    Congrats on the camera!! If you love it, you’ll use it more, which is way way way more important then how many bells and whistles it has!!

  2. Steve August 19, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    Let us know what you think after you’ve had a chance to play with it some more. I love my DSLR and probably won’t get rid of it, but I’m looking for a smaller camera that’s much easier to carry for fun.

    • Brooke August 19, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

      Will do a follow up post for sure! I know the quality is never going to be the same as the DSLR, and that is noticeable off the bat, but being so small, I think I will use it more… and that will be better than having a nice dslr. I’ll let you know what I work out. I have two small trips coming up that I can test it out on.

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