My new travel companion

For my graduation I have been very lucky to receive a new camera off my parents as a present. I’ve not had a compact camera for a while now as my previous one broke so long ago and I’ve been happy using my iPhone. However since testing out my new gift, the Panasonic Lumix TZ30, I’ve fallen in love!

It’s key specifications are noted by whatdigitalcamera.com are:

1.    20x optical zoom; 24-480mm equivalent
2.    Power O.I.S. (optical stabilisation)
3.    Brand new 14.1MP MOS sensor
4.    3in, 460k-dot touchscreen LCD
5.    Global Positioning Satellite (GPS)
6.    10fps burst rate (single AF only)
7.    ISO 100-3200 sensitivity 
8.    1080p HD movie at 50fps
Read more at whatdigitalcamera.com

Having had a play around the afternoon and a flick through the pdf manual, it’s been interesting to see the huge range of features this camera has to offer. I’m not a particularly technical person but I know I’ll enjoy the option of having a Programme, Aperture, Shutter Speed and Manual mode to play about with, when I’m not using my DSLR. I wanted to have a compact that could give me these options, and one that I knew would give me high quality photos, yet would slip into my bag much more easily.

It has a fast focus and a 20x optical zoom to ensure a great quality close up. While this camera offers GPS, something that doesn’t interest me in the slightest, it does give users the opportunity to pinpoint their location on a map pre-loaded on the camera. It can produce 3D images, HD video and has an easy to use panorama feature. It’s easy to use and handle, however doesn’t come with a separate battery charger which means through the USB cable it takes a lot longer to charge.

Here are a few test shots I took today whilst figuring out the different settings. Check out the reviews online such as trusted reviews, which gives a great overview of the features and overall gives the TZ30 8/10. I’m looking forward to taking this camera away with me this summer and checking out what it can offer me as a ‘travel compact’!

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