If youve used an iPhone 4s camera phone, chances are upon looking at the image quality you got you said Wow! Smart phone cameras in general are improving quickly. The ability to snap and share in seconds is drawing millions of people to these devices. Its fun, fast and highly addictive. Hooking up something like Instagram to an iPhone allows connectivity, coolness and fun in spades. Since these phones are getting better cameras, falling in price and becoming more available, its getting harder and harder for casual shutterbugs and even … [Read more...] about Will The Compact Point & Shoot Survive In An Era Of Smart Phone Cameras?
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When Panasonic released the LX3, I was one of the first people to sing its praises. It was an amazing camera for the money. It was one of the first compacts to skip the megapixel madness approach to photography and instead, it concentrated on low noise imagery. Fast forward to late August, 2010. Panasonic has updated the LX3 and now releases the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5. Let's take a look at the improvements. The LX5 is a real step up from the LX3. The news is all good so far - especially the fact that it's the same price now as the LX3 was … [Read more...] about Panasonic Lumix LX5 Mini Review
If you read my email you'd be busy since I get a bunch of it. You'd also see that many people still believe it's the gear that makes the photo and not the photographer. If that were ever going to be true, it would be so when it comes to wildlife - or more specifically - bird photography. The ability to capture birds well often requires a long lens, a fast focusing camera and a high frame rate - or does it? It is possible to photograph just about anything with a compact (point and shoot) camera, particularly if it's one of the higher-quality … [Read more...] about The Best Camera is the One You Have With You – G11 as Wildlife Camera
A while back, I wrote a blog post called "20 Steps to the Perfect Digital Camera." Reading Andy's review of the LX3/P6000/G10 I realized I should have titled that perfect camera story more accurately. It should have read "20 Steps to the Perfect DSLR." Because now I want to talk about the perfect point and shoot! I used to own the Canon G9. I replaced it with the Panasonic LX3. I confess that I didn't give the P6000 much consideration for reasons I'll describe in a minute. I also bought the G10 and sent it back the next day. Again, for … [Read more...] about The Perfect Compact Digital Camera
Go ahead. The next time you're shopping for a new piece of gear and you can't decide between three attractive choices, fire off emails to each manufacturer and see if they're open to loaning you some samples to play with for a month or so. Aha. See? So there are some advantages to being an internationally-beloved technology pundit. And no, I wasn't being mercenary. The field of "premium point-and-shoot" cameras has really found its spurs in recent years and it was nigh-time that I wrote a comparative review of the Nikon CoolPix P6000, the … [Read more...] about Panasonic LX3 vs. Nikon P6000 Part 1
LX3 JPG - ISO 80 - Handheld - 250th Sec F/8 Focal Length 24mm Some Minor Corrections in Aperture. I heard a lot of talk about Panasonic's new 10-megapixel LX3 on the web. People seemed excited that there was actually a new digital compact that didn't rely on megapixel madness marketing. This was interesting enough to me to buy an LX3 of my very own and here's my initial review. The LX3 is a well-built, solid, compact digital camera featuring a zoom lens that covers the same focal length as a first class Leica 24-60mm lens on a 35mm camera. It … [Read more...] about Panasonic LX3 Mini Review