My new Panasonic DMC-FZ20 camera.

The other week I took delivery of my nice new shiny Panasonic DMC-FZ20 camera, an upgrade from my Panasonic DMC-FZ1 model.

I’ve been getting used to the different feel of this larger, heavier model, and although it works the same as my FZ1 the feel is different.

Although for most of my photo work the 2Mpx FZ1 was sufficient since I throw pixels away when resizing for the web anyway, the 5Mpx of the FZ20 captures more detail and gives me the opportunity to crop out a part of the photo and still have a nice sized crop. Equates to extra zoom from the already impressive 12x zoom Leica lens.

I have to become used to using the extra features, which is mostly why I upgraded, of Aperture and Shutter priority as well as full manual settings which the FZ1 had none of.

I’ve found the overall clarity and colour of the photos – so far – is better than the FZ1, which is expected since it has extra glass in the lens and improved image processing electronics.

I’m waiting now for a UV filter to arrive so my scenery photos will cut through the typical Northland haze and give me clearer distance views.

A collection of photos I took on Sunday are in the gallery here – Hokianga and the Mid-North


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