It’s been a busy few months for me over here in Kyoto, and as most of you have probably noticed, I haven’t been all that diligent on posting every week. I don’t feel bad about it, though; so many are immersed in the chaos of NaNoWriMo that I’m probably doing them an eensy favor by not posting regularly. 😉
One of the things I finally did at the beginning of this month was buy a new camera. For those that follow my blog regularly, or were around for A-Z in April this year, you know how much photography I do, yet all of the photos on this blog thus far have been captured on a Sony HX100V. A good camera, but limited in its capacity as it can not change its lenses.
Since about December of last year, I’ve had my heart set on getting a true DSLR — the Canon 70D, to be precise — but funds rather limited me. Then, I had the joy of holding one in an electronics store and almost fell in love.
But, I thought about how much it weighed, and how my Sony was already more bulk than I wanted for a casual day. Lugging around fifteen new pounds of equipment and $1,000 lenses was not so appealing, anymore. Plus, what if I found all the buttons and tubes and lenses too difficult (thus taking the joy from taking the photos in the first place?)
Off to the side, discreet on its shelf, was a Lumix GF7. This camera is part of a new generation of DSLR “micro” cameras. Nearly the same power for the photographer, at lighter, more manageable sizes. (Micro Four Thirds are what Olympus and Panasonic have dubbed the brand.)
It was in my price range, and I was ready to buy; online, I could get an additional $800 lens for free. Boom. Sale made. I brought the camera home, expecting to have to live with some quality reduction while I learned lenses. I could upgrade in the future if I really decided to pursue more professional looking photography.
I took it out for a test drive a couple of days ago. Below are completely UNDOCTORED photos, something I never really had the privilege of with the Sony:
Frankly, I’m pretty blown away by the results. Sony’s picture quality, while vibrant, missed the subtleties in a lot of shots, the focus and zoom were a bit unreliable, and it was slow. The Lumix is FAST, taking photos on its touch screen in a fraction of a second, and is far more sensitive to light. The fact that it didn’t blow out the reds on the shrine was quite delightful.
I’m looking forward to playing with it more, as it has a ton of other features, including 3 or 4 different options for night photography (another no-no with the Sony), Aperture, motion capture, and portrait features. And it is so light. My camera bag, wallet, camera, and two lenses all weigh less than a basketball.
I have a few more field tests I’m going to do, including night photography, filter use (20 filters on this camera to put your Instagram to shame), portraits, and landscape photography so I can get a feel for the full range of features, but there is no buyer’s remorse here!