I did a lot of camera (window) shopping recently and found the Panasonic Lumix FX8 a very neat camera. Since I had tried it for several days (at the shop), ‘abuse’ it and do weird stuffs with it, why not recommend it.
The cost here in Penang is less than RM1,300 without the SD card. It comes with lithium-ion battery which can last for a long time.
Some of the selling points of this camera is the O.I.S.
LUMIX model DMC-FX8, a true heir to the world-renowned 5.0-megapixel 3x optical zoom DMC-FX7 with MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), with substantially enhanced battery life. The DMC-FX8 boasts high picture quality, large LCD, compactness and stylish design, all those desired for a compact camera. Not only that, FX8 also incorporates the highly commended MEGA O.I.S. while extending the battery life over two time
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I took several shots of my son running around and yet, there was not blurry pictures. Then, I use a quick motion, click the shutter while moving and still, the pictures turn out clear. Most cameras will not yield this result in dimly lighted area (in amber lightings in Gurney Plaza).
The camera is very small and is flat when the zoom is retracted. It comes with a nice leather casing too.
The other thing about the camera is the wide range of scenes mode which is easily accessible by turning the dial. This will definitely helps newbies as the camera is programme to take photos of babies, sceneries, foods, etc etc.
So, if you are looking for a good, compact camera, check out Panasonic Lumix FX8. I almost bought it but opted for a DSLR instead. I did make a comparison with cameras of the same price range from Nikon, Fuji Finepix and Canon.
Gurney Plaza is having a camera carnival sale next week. If you are shopping for a camera, do check out Nepmatic on the 3rd floor in Gurney Plaza, Penang. They are located next to Artist Gallery music store. I had been to several shops from Penang Road, Jalan Burmah and a few shopping malls. So far, Nepmatic price is still reasonable and the salespersons are all well versed with their products. They will tell you about the latest products, which brands have technical recall (faulty CCDs etc) and knowledgeable in photography.
A purple flower on a broken cement step. Bigger pic here. I am still experimenting with my new DSLR camera, these figures are still very puzzling to me.
Camera: Konica Minolta DYNAX 5D
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Focal Length: 70 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Exposure Bias: 0/10 EV
I think I use the wrong ISO and that’s why the photo is too bright. Any advice?