My New Camera

P7100 f5.6 1/4 ISO 400

P7100 f5.6 1/4 ISO 400

I have to admit, this was a difficult choice to make. Both the LX5 and the P7100 are great cameras. But which one is the right one for me?

Thinking about why I was looking to buy a ‘point and shoot’ camera in the first place helped me make my choice.

First and foremost I was looking for a walk around camera and something that I could take on vacation without feeling limited. After numerous vacations spent hauling my D300 all over the place I want to lighten the load…I want the controls of an SLR, but I want them in a small package.

After a lot of thought I picked the P7100. Here’s why:

- 28-200 zoom. I shoot long more often than I shoot wide. The lens I use most often on vacation……18-200.

- Viewfinder….I wanted to have one. In fact I only own one camera without a viewfinder. (Strangely it happens to be my other vacation camera the Pentax W90)

- Flip out screen. I like waist level finders and the flip out screen is essentially the digital version of one.

- The P7100 is a slightly bigger camera that feels more comfortable in my hands.

-Two control dials that I found more comfortable to use. You can never underestimate the value of how a camera feels when you hold it. That’s why buying a camera sight unseen is risky.

P7100 f5.6 1:4 400

P7100 f5.6 1:4 400

As you can see I’ve already picked up the camera and I’ve been playing around with it quite a bit. There’s enough stuff packed into this little guy to keep me entertained for quite a while.

BTW, the camera chose the settings for the moon shots…I used it’s night exposure mode….all I did was to limit the ISO to 400 and lower.

One last shot for the hell of it….no night mode in use here though :)

D300 ISO 1600  f 2.8 1/50

D300 ISO 1600 f 2.8 1/50

….after all it is silhouette week for the POTW52 crowd.

Panasonic LX5

Panasonic LX5

Panasonic LX5

I’ve been trying to decided on a point and shoot camera for myself lately and I’ve been having a hell of a time with it. I finally narrowed the choices down to two….Panasonic’s LX5 and Nikon’s P7100. Both are awesome cameras but since I’m pretty sure I won’t get away with buying both, I had to choose between them.

Fortunately, I could borrow both from the store and give them a good test run. (I love my job!) So over the next few days I’ll show you what I shot and then tell you about my pick and why.

First, the LX5. Check out all the specs and dpreview’s take on the camera here:

http://www.dpreview.com/products/panasonic/compacts/panasonic_dmclx5

I took both cameras on a little photowalk on a cloudy day so the shots from both will be fairly comparable but this is still my usual unscientific comparison.

LX5 ...a shot from the 'Tree' project.

LX5

The LX5′s f2.o lens is awesome. If you are a lowlight shooter you will love this lens…

LX5 f 2.0  1/8

LX5 f 2.0 1/8

LX5

LX5

LX5

LX5

LX5

LX5

LX5

LX5

LX5

LX5

LX5

LX5

The Good Stuff:

- f 2.0 lens – super sharp and good for low light photos

- aspect ratio can be changed via a switch on the lens

- 16:9 screen

-16:9 shots are high resolution instead of a lower resolution crop

-Smaller size

-wider lens 24mm

-faster frame rate, 2.5 fps max 5 shots

The not so good:

-only one control dial for manual shooting….and an awkward one (to me) at that

-labels marking the controls on the back are hard to see when in bright light

-no viewfinder

-no flip out screen

-SOOC appears more magenta to me. Others have said the pictures appear colder.