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Saturday, January 26, 2013

The sAtuRDaY stOrE—Tools of the Trade

Moving from a point & shoot cam to a beginner ILC (interchangeable lens camera)

Congratulate me!!  What time is it?  What day is it?  I need a drink...Four days of research and four days behind on my blog, but it was worth it!  I bought a new camera.  It shipped 2-day free on Amazon Prime, so I'll get it on Friday.  I needed a memory card to store all of the wonderful new pix I'll be taking with this little dream cam, so I got the one that most Amazon buyers purchased with this camera,  32 GB Class 10 SDHC Flash Memory Card by Transcend (bundled with the camera at a discount or $23.95 purchased separately + free shipping with Amazon Prime).  Here's what I got...  

Panasonic Lumix DMC - GF5 Live MOS Micro Four-Thirds Compact System Camera (CSC) with a 3-inch touchscreen

Comparing the Lumix GF5 to the higher end Lumix GX1


•  It's pretty
•  It's white
•  It's beginner friendly
•  It's a micro four-thirds mirrorless interchangeable lens digital camera
•  It's small & lightweight (check out the size compared to a standard DSLR (digital single lens reflex)
•  It comes with a 14-42 mm zoom lens
•  LCD touchscreen control panel
•  12.1 MP (megapixels) resolution
•  It has a low energy consumption image sensor (Live MOS) that uses low battery power, but produces superior quality digital images (so the battery lasts longer)
•  High quality in low light conditions
•  High speed consecutive shooting_4 fps (frames per second) full resolution_3fps or 2fps live view
•  Touchscreen scene guide with on-screen tech advice & lens recommendations
•  Frequently listed among the Top 10 best mirrorless compact system cameras (CSC) on the market    
•  Interchangeable micro four-thirds system lenses & adaptor options for old lenses
•  Widest selection of lenses of any camera in its class, including the world's first 3D interchangeable lens
•  Fastest auto-focus speed for its class_less than a tenth of a second (0.09) + 23 autofocus options
•  Green compliant
•  Shoots in 4 aspect ratios including 1:1 for cool retro square-shaped pix
•  Supersonic wave filter dust reduction system (keeps dust from settling between lens changes)
•  Shoots in full 1080p HD video_MP4 + AVCHD formats
•  Built-in flash
•  Metal buttons & ergonomic grip
•  Best price:  on Amazon  $499 + free 2-day shipping + Amazon reward promo code on future purchases

FYI_Articles I read (Sources)

Panasonic Global_Ideas for Life:  Study Guide of Lumix G Lenses

Digital Trends:  Digital Cameras: What is Live View?

techradar.cameras:  Panasonic Lumix GF5 review

CNET|Australia:  Digital SLR or Interchangeable Lens Camera: Which is right for you?

CNET|Australia:  Best digital SLRs for Beginners — Digital SLR Cameras

CNET|Australia: au's digital SLR super guide

techradar.cameras:  Panasonic Lumix GF5_10 Things You Need to Know

B&H Foto Product Description: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Digital Camera w/14-42 DMC-GF5KW