We often receive requests for information and advice on photographic equipment .
Let’s start from the premise that there is no universal camera . On the market you can find SLR, mirrorless, bridge and compact cameras. Which one to choose? Each brand and model has its own characteristics.
For this reason it’s important to read all specs carefully, to understand which one is right for you, before buying one. Those interested in video will need a camera with fast AF and silent lens; those who practice sports photography will need a camera with fast AF (possibly with tracking) and a good burst.
After selecting some models, we suggest you use a comparison site to check the differences (we leave you the links at the bottom of this post). Look also to dimensions and weight, for the reasons that we will tell you shortly.
You can shoot with any device, even the smartphone, because the camera is not everything.
As John Hedgecoe said ❝ Equipment and technique are just the beginning. It’s the photographer that counts more than anything ❞
We use a Panasonic Lumix GX800/GX850.
It’s the smallest mirrorless and this is the main reason why it was chosen.
Extremely portable, it allows you to have it always in your bag or backpack. Needless to have a reflex that allows you to make wonderful photos, if you always leave it at home because it is bulky or heavy. In this case, an upper middle compact camera is better. It will allow you to make excellent shots, with little extra weight than your smartphone.
The Lumix GX800 is small as a compact camera, but with a big difference: it allows you to change lens as needed. This is not a detail to be underestimated!
The Lumix GX800 has a 16 megapixel sensor (large resolution in small dimensions!); supports the raw format (preferred by photographers since it’s not processed by the camera and allows to recover a lot of data during post-production, with special photo editing software); equipped with 4K Video, Post Focus, Focus Stacking features it is ideal for any type of photography.
The beginners are helped by the “ scene mode ” (portrait, sport, night … ). There are also Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority modes.
In addition to the kit lens Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm (very small), we were able to try the Sigma 60mm f / 2.8 DN and recently the Panasonic G ‑ Series 25mm f / 1.7 . The latter is now always mounted on the camera and produces excellent shots, even at full aperture, with excellent bokeh.
The Panasonic Lumix GX800 is a micro four thirds (abbreviated MFT), system takes its name from the size of the sensor. In our opinion, this is an additional advantage. The body, in fact, is compatible with all MFT lens (even if of different brands), such as for example the Olympus ones. Furthermore, it allows you to mount various vintage lens, sold on the used market, which can guarantee a creative and different use of the camera.
Our experience with the Panasonic Lumix GX800 is absolutely positive and certainly if one day we decide to upgrade, we will have no doubts and will choose a new Panasonic camera body.
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