Bluenose Girl

The 3rd Love of My Life - My Camera the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

The Panasonic Lumix DMC – FZ100

I recently had an email from a friend asking what camera I use, and I realized I’ve ever written about the third love of my life (after my boyfriend and travel of course), my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100.

My relationship with Panasonic started over 5 years ago, after much soul searching and research, when I bought the FZ7.  I was about to go completely digital, leave the world of film, AND SLR cameras behind.  I looked at many camears, my criteria was:  it had to be light, have a decent zoom, and give me the option of going completely manual.  After handling the feather light Panasonic FZ7 with it’s 12 x zoom there was no looking back.  As a bonus it was small enough that I could throw it in my regular bag which meant blending with the locals when travelling.  The reviews were good, the colour and sharpness of the photos impressive.

I placed my order and just days before I left for a trip to Europe it arrived.  I learned the various menus and buttons as I went during this trip, referring to the small manual occasionally.  Here are some of the first shots taken with the Panasonic FZ7, they are untouched straight from the camera (other than reducing the size of the image for faster loading):

I really enjoyed using the FZ7 camera.  The photos came out well, usually on the first attempt. Over the next 5 years I got to know the camera really well.  Five years after buying my first Panasonic Lumix camera I started to look at the new modles of the FZ series, thinking it may be time for an update. In the end it turned out to be an update with a bit of an upgrade as the FZ series now comes in 2 models, and I went for the higher speck [FZ100](http://rcm-uk.amazon.co.uk/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=wwwbluenosegi-21&o=2&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=B003WOKU5G "FZ100") (this year’s model released in September is the [FZ150](http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005LTRD5U/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwbluenosegi-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=B005LTRD5U">Panasonic%20Lumix%20DMC-FZ150EB-K%20Compact%20Camera%20with%20Full%20HD%20Video%20Recording%20-%20Black%20(12.8%20MP,%2024x%20Optical%20Zoom)%203.0%20inch%20LCD