Like a lot of people these days photography, is a hobby of mine. The age of the digital camera lets us snap away to our hearts content. A year and a half ago though I made a jump from a simple point and shoot camera up to a Bridge Camera. It was a slightly late birthday present for myself. I went and picked up the FZ28 … I did the usual research online hummed and hawed over this camera and that camera … over a proper DSLR or just another point and click type camera. I hadn’t actually tried out the Panasonic DMCFZ28 Digital Camera beforehand so when it did arrive it was a bit of a shock at how small it was. I had assumed it’d be of a similar size to normal DSLR’s I quickly got over that as I started to get snap happy with it.
The following was one of the first shots I took with it and it really blew me away
So for me what makes it so special?
- The size. It’s small. (Its somewhere between a point and shoot and a proper DSLR)
- The lack of all these extras (huge camera bag with 3 extra lenses a tripod and god knows what else). This is really great for travelling. Most people I know with DSLR’s end up bringing another 2 lenses / backpack and so on with them. Thats just not for me.
- The battery life on it is amazing I can get 350 – 500 shots on the one battery charge
- The Zoom … its got 18X optical zoom which is pure madness. Now when I handle a normal camera its like … oh .. thats nice but I want to be able to zoom on things :D
- The inbuilt flash is quite good
- 2.7inch Viewscreen
- Video Quality is excellent
- Image Quality is excellent at 10 MegaPixel camera
- The controls are very nice once you get the hang of them
Priced at around the €340 mark if I had to buy one again I probably would. Though I’d more than likely look at the updated model the Irish / UK Model – Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38. US Model – Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35. 12 MegaPixel and various other updated features as well as being at a lower price range the €300 / $300 mark.
Below you can see a small selection of shots I took with it. Obviously I’m rather biased in thinking they are nice :) but the main thing is that I like them. It is my hobby after all :)
And there I’ll leave you … my experiences with my little bridge camera have been amazing. Its a great little bit of equipment. I picked up a spare battery and I can basically leave the charger at home when I’m on holidays. All in All 10/10 for this camera.
Of course if you’re after a DSLR you probably know a hell of a lot more about photography than I do :D but for me this camera is perfect for now. (I do have camera envy though when I play with friends DSLRs at times)