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New Camera [Dec. 23rd, 2004|08:14 pm]
I finally accepted that my old camera was just too big and bulky, just before coming away. So, I'd decided to get myself a new digital camera while away, with the help of my Christmas bonus.

Looking around, I'd been quite tempted with the Nikon that Airlie had recently bought, and was considering getting it. I hadn't been able to look for cameras at Heathrow, owing to our late arrival, so I only had Singapore to look in.

The camera shop in Singapore airport was quite impressive. There was a 10m round circular desk, with the sales people inside it. All around the desk were 1 foot wide rotating displays of digital cameras, grouped by make.

Faced with about 100 different cameras, I quickly narrowed it down to a few sets in the right price/size bracket. On closer inspection, the Nikon looked a little bulky (large battery containing end), so that left a Canon, and the Panasonic cameras I hadn't previously heard about.

Both were about the same size, but the Panasonic ones had far larger LCD screens for the same price. Luckily, one of the Panasonic ones had batteries in, so I got to have a play. It was impressive - very sharp and bright screen, large number of modes (point-and-click, expert, preset, video etc), as well as a "cope with me not holding the camera steady" macro.

So, after chatting to the sales staff a bit, I was sold. I've got myself a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7 camera. All I now need for it is a spare battery, and I'm all sorted.

Since being in Sydney, I've had plenty of time to play around with it, and I've been very impressed. The scenery shots have come out very well, and portraits in a variety of light levels seem pretty good too, far better than my old one.

Photos are uploading now to the usual place, should be available to see in the not too distant future :)