Photography

New Camera

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

So I bought a new camera. I’ve been wanting to for a while, but I felt like it was kind of a waste of money and I felt guilty for wanting one, because I technically (or we, as this includes Louie) already own a camera. However, I’m dating a massive camera hog. On every vacation we’ve taken so far, he insists on holding the camera at all times and taking 10 photos of every single thing. Not that this is a bad thing, but it is if we’re sharing a camera and I want to take some photos of my own!

Then there comes the problem when, later, we couldn’t tell which photos were whose since they’re both on the same memory card. Tragedy. (Also, #firstworldproblems, I know.) And I get kind of upset when he edits the photos I took and puts them on his Flickr. Maybe that’s silly, but I’m sure any photog would agree with me. …Right?

Anyway, crazy or not, I bought one. We’re leaving for a 2-week trip to England on Saturday and I didn’t want to be relegated to my iPhone as my primary camera (despite how surprisingly good the lens on the iPhone 5 is). I got a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1, which is a “spiritual successor” to the DMC-GF1 (which is the camera we already owned and is now completely Louie’s). I got the starter kit with the power zoom lens since I didn’t want to carry around a massive lens, and I also ended up with a silver body since that was $100 cheaper than the black one on Amazon. Thus, our cameras are now easy to tell apart. Also, we got our GF1 with the pancake lens that has no zoom, so I figured having a zoom lens would be a nice option. On the plus side, we can also switch our lenses since both cameras use the same Micro 4/3rds (or DSLM, as they are calling it now) lenses.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 with lens cap

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 without lens cap

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 with zoom lens extended, side view

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 with zoom lens extended, front view

So far, I like it! Though I’ve only taken a few photos of our cat, I like the weight and feel of the camera. The body is slimmer than the GF1 and noticeably lighter, even with the lens attached, perhaps because of the smaller battery. It also has a really nice grip, which the GF1 lacked.

Overall I’m excited to take it to England with us and take lots of pictures. 🙂

(Also, as of note, the photos taken for this post were shot with the GF1.)

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