I have a new camera!
For the last couple of years, my camera has been knackered; it still sort of worked, but it started videoing every time I tried to zoom in on anything, and the sensor was covered in crap and I couldn’t get the camera open to clean it. I really lost the joy of photograpy and therefore my interest in blogging. I am so very happy to say that I finally have a new camera! 🙂 🙂
Choosing the right camera, I have discovered, is a process of compromise. First, you work out what it is that you want. Then, unless you have deep and capacious pockets housing a happily bulging wallet, plus a small herd of donkeys to carry all your expensive and enormous kit around… you compromise. Massively.
As I discovered, it is quite tricky to find a camera that can take pictures at less than 3cm from the subject, and also zooms in to at least x20 (as much as my last compact lumix camera did), with a decent wide angle setting (<28mm equivalent) as well. There’s no way I can afford, or carry the weight of, a DSLR with all the lenses that would meet those requirements, so despite the compromise in picture quality, I ended up looking at a premium compact or bridge camera. After
exhausting exhaustive research, I settled on the Panasonic Lumix (again) DMC-FZ330. It’s got a pretty small sensor, overall (compared to the DMC-FZ1000 that I was considering), but that’s because it has a x24 zoom (25-600mm equivalent lens), focuses down to 1cm for macro and takes 4K video (from which you can extract 8MP stills). It also has a manual focusing option (huge plus!) and lots of other lovely stuff.
It still won’t be the picture quality that I’d love, but I’m very excited all the same. Here’s a picture from today of a male emperor dragonfly eating a damselfly he’s just caught. Taken at the wonderful Thursley nature reserve, where I also sat and watched (and tried to photograph/video) hobbies swooping and diving to pick off the dragonflies. No decent pictures of the hobbies, but I’m very pleased with this one of the dragonfly.