Well last week the wife and I finally went and got a new camera. We’re loving it so far, but unfortunately the weather had turned nice and foggy, so we haven’t really been able to use it much. It’s a Panasonic Lumix ZS5, and the basic specs (and a huge list here) are as follows.
* 25mm Ultra Wide-angle 12x Optical Zoom LEICA DC Lens
* Powerful 12x Optical Zoom
* 25mm Ultra Wide-angle Lens
* 12.1-megapixel with 1/2.33-inch CCD
Multiple Aspect Ratios / Multi Aspect Mode
* 16x Intelligent Zoom / 23.4x Extra Optical Zoom
* Sonic Speed AF
* Fast Start-up Time
I’m excited about finally having a wide-angle lens, since I like taking photos of buildings, but often lack available space or angles downtown. The 12x zoom is also a big feature for me, as I see no point in having a 10 mega-pixel or better camera if the zoom is only 3x. I suppose for doting parents taking pictures of their kids that’s just fine, but when traveling I want the max amount of zoom and pixels. This Lumix also happens to be quite compact, which is nice for traveling or everyday use. Neither Rachel nor I are photogs in any sense of the word, so we’re not into spending a ton of money for an SLR at this point, or walking around with 5-inch long lenses. Thankfully most digital cameras now have enough functionality that one can adjust a lot of things on the fly or just keep it on auto.
Being in Shanghai we probably paid a few hundred RMB more than we would if we’d bought it in Hong Kong, but with no trip imminent we decided to go for it here. Got it for 2,400RMB with an 8 gig memory card thrown in to seal the deal. Hopefully I can hold on to this one better than our previous cameras… in three months I managed to drop one and lose another. The first one wasn’t too big of an issue since it was a 5-year-old Cybershot and was badly out of date, but the second one was a new Canon Powershot SX120 hurt a little. We’ve upgraded a little with the Lumix but I’ll be sure to have a firm grasp on it at all times.
Photos to come (weather permitting – Shanghai is having a seriously puky spring).