Monday, September 22, 2008

Ready For Your Close-Up?

After years of borrowing other people’s camera when I need to use one, I finally forked out the necessary amount to purchase the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX38 digital camera as the latest addition to my gadget collection. It took me a while to research all other possible offerings in the ultra compact digital camera offering so much so that my head was crammed with pros and cons of almost each model that I looked at. I finally pared it down to 3 brands that I was interested in and thanks to a camera-head friend who came camera shopping with me, I decide that this sleek and sexy camera was definitely the one for me.

I decided to get a compact camera (or as my camera-head friend derisively put it, “a ladies camera”) instead of a DSLR mainly because I didn’t feel that I want to put in that much of an investment for something that I may or may not be that interested in pursuing as a hobby. I wanted something that I can carry around when I go out or on my travels which I can use easily to capture those memorable moments. I’ve never been one to mess around with camera settings to get that perfect shot. I’m just happy when everything is in focus!

Does buying a camera means that I would have more pictures in my blog? Possibly but don’t look out for pictures of myself in them. Those I would keep for my Facebook account.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX38

Digital Camera Features

Optical Zoom - 5x
Camera Resolution - 10.1 MP
LCD screen size - 2.5 in
Digital Zoom - 4x
Video capture - Yes
Focus Type - Autofocus
Focal Range Telephoto (cm) - Infinity
Focus Length Telephoto (cm) - 10
Lens Aperture Telephoto (cm) - f/8.0
ISO Speeds - 800, 1600, Auto , 100, 200, 400
Max Shutter Speed - 1/2000th of a second
Min Shutter Speed - 60 seconds
Fixed Image Resolutions - 1920x1080, 1600x1200, 2560x1920, 3072x2048, 3072x2304, 2560x1712, 2048x1360, 3072 x 1728, 3648x2736, 2048x1536, 640x480
Image Sensor Type - CCD
Image stabilization (Optical)? - Yes
Continuous Shot? - Yes
Focal Range Wide (cm) - 50
Focus Length Wide (cm) - 2.8
Lens Aperture Wide (cm) - f/2.8

Digital Video

Digital video format - Motion JPEG
Video resolutions - 848x480, 320x240, 640x480
Video speed (fps) - 10, 30


Length (mm) - 22
Width (mm) - 94.7
Height (mm) - 51.9
Weight (g) - 146


Supported Memory Media - Secure Digital (SD), Multimedia Card (MMC)
Supported Picture File Formats - JPEG


famil said...

I love lumix, the pic will turn up so nice .. onlike nikon! cheah

Nickxandar said...

Haven't had a chance to play with it and take pictures yet but I've heard good reviews of this model to :-P

M@x said...

My old p&s is a Lumix too. Old model. Sayang nak jual even after I got my new fuji camera.

I love the vivid colour and the sepia setting in the lumix. Hope to see more pic here. :)

Kembara Musafir said...

good reasoning... I have a camera now, but "jenis bastard" - meaning, not as good as a dslr, but not a compact camera neither... neither here, nor there... tu yang "bastardo" tu... hehe... hmmm, no pic of you in the blog huh? bak sini your fcbk address...? hehe...

Nickxandar said...

Max ...

Haven't played too much with it but what little I've seen, I would agree that the color reproduction seem to be quite vivid.

See if I can get more photos in the next few days.

KM ...
"Bastardo" camera .. kehkehkeh .. I actually consider that too ... Sony H series .. I think ... then pikir balik .. can't put the camera in my pockets to capture the impromptu moments.

Ehh ... I already have you on my friends list on FB lah .. sah2 ni kes main add aje friends on FB :p

sbanboy said...

Great buy .. do enjoy using it :D