While I’ve been lusting over the Olympus Pen like most of the blogging community I have yet to be able to justify the price tag of it (hopefully soon!). For a fraction of the price I have been using my Lumix Superzoom DMC-TZ35 Camera for the past 18 months and have been incredibly happy with it.
While I love using my trusty Canon 6D SLR Camera it is quite bulky and heavy, especially because I insist on having my beautiful 24-70mm 2.8 lens permanently attached to it rather than a prime/ kit lens. I use this camera almost solely for live music photography and need to start using it more in my day to day blogging, especially when I’m at home (Lazy blogger alert.)
When I go out and about and head on holidays I find myself wanting something compact but that has a good reach and produces great photos which is why I have the Lumix camera. Settings wise you can use it like an SLR and control aperture, shutter speed and use it on manual mode which is nice if you want a little more control over your settings.
My favourite thing about the camera is the great zoom. For a lot of camera’s once you go past a certain point the images get blurry and the quality isn’t the same. Fortunately for this camera the quality is just as good throughout the whole zoom process, probably because it’s a higher optical zoom as opposed to digital zoom.
The vast majority of the photographs taken on this blog have been through my Lumix camera (pre-2016) so you can see the quality of it in action. For a small digital camera worth around £100 I think it’s great. But for 2016 one of my missions is to improve my photography skills so I am going to be pushing the use of my SLR and who knows maybe investing in an Olympus Pen.