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Outdoor Gear Review

Unlike outdoor adventures I’ve undertaken before, the Shikoku Pilgrimage is unique in that you’re rarely far from civilisation and that it takes upwards of 7 weeks to complete. This means you don’t need to worry about food or cooking equipment but any gear you carry needs to be extremely durable and light. Read more

Lumix LX3 First Impressions

My primary camera of choice for the past four years has been my trusty Nikon D70s. It’s a wonderful camera and I’m not getting rid of it any time soon but because of its size/weight it’s not always ideal for carrying around and taking quick snaps or shooting video (impossible). At the other end of the spectrum my iPhone’s camera isn’t up to the job of anything other than grainy low resolution photos – good enough for making a visual note of something but nothing more.

Panasonic Lumix LX3
Photo by Daniel Y. Go

Enter the Lumix LX3, a new high end compact from Panasonic which has been getting rave reviews. I’ve been wanting to get a compact for sometime but none offered quite the right balance of manual control, superior picture quality and HD video (more on this later). The LX3 sports an impressive ¬†Leica DC Vario-Summicron 24-60mm f/2.0-2.8 (35mm equivalent)¬†lens, 10.1 megapixel censor, choice of shooting aspect ratios (4:3, 3:2, 16:9), full manual control, RAW recording, and the ability to shoot 720p HD video at 24fps.

Panasonic Lumix LX3
Photo by Daniel Y. Go

Unfortunately it didn’t arrive in time for my previous weekend excursion so I’ve not had much opportunity to put it through its paces fully yet but my first impressions are excellent. The body feels robust and the controls intuitive – whilst it came with a weighty manual I only read the first couple of pages to get up and running. The screen is bright and the are menus easy to navigate.

Lumix LX3 Test Shot

I’ve been particularly impressed with its ability to shoot in low light – the above shot was taken through the window of my apartment hand-held on auto.

Dinner at Ajisen Noodle

I also wont feel like such an idiot getting out my camera to take snaps of my food now!