It was just over a year ago when I was (thoughtfully) given my Panasonic Lumix GM1. I own and use several different cameras, and those who know me well know that it is actually the iPhone camera that is used most often, simply for the convenience, quality and easy access to my favourite apps!
My Lumix comes in a very close second though, it is lightweight and fits easily into most of my handbags. The Lumix is in the class of ‘mirror-less’ cameras called Micro Four Thirds (MFT) and the other big player in this area is Olympus (I am currently very tempted by their new range for my collection!) It was back in 2008 that Panasonic debuted the first of this camera type, the first Lumix model. The appeal of this camera seems to be the quality that is packed into such a lightweight and accessible camera body, as opposed to the much heavier and less convenient DSLR.
I am not overly technical with my camera knowledge, I am pretty much just focused on the ease of use and the quality of the photo that is possible, I am a bit of a perfectionist with my photography, lets call it ‘passionate’! So there is a lot of more technical information here if you want to really delve into the standard that is MFT. If like me you are more interested in the end result and how easy it is to achieve that, I can highly recommend this type of camera as an addition to any serious collection, for me it sits in the middle between my iPhone and my Nikon D7000.
As you can see from the photos I have chosen to feature here, the Lumix really shines when used for tight shots and portraits. I find myself drawn to using this for any flat lay shots, close ups of beautiful detail and also tight portraits. The depth and the clarity that it creates is so beautiful, and it is also really different to that of my DSLR.
It has some built in filters and scenes that I use often, as well as a full auto mode and the other extreme of full manual mode. It really captures colour so vividly, it is not often that I need to apply too much editing to any of my Lumix photos. I have never used the flash, I have a flash phobia and love natural light too much! I know that the lenses are interchangeable with all other MFT cameras too, including Olympus, which is great!
So these photos (and hundreds more) have very quickly become some of my most treasured, and this camera has captured some of the most beautiful moments of my past year and it is not going anywhere!