UPDATED 14th May 2007 12:27am – added video
What appealed to me were: the optical image stabiliser (as opposed to software-correction), the fast power-up and low shutter lag, and the burst mode for taking photos in quick succession. Plus the ability to shoot 640×380 videos at 30fps. These are all qualities that are a big step up from my Fujifilm Finepix E500 which I had been using for the past 2 years.
These are also the capabilities which will help me take better photos in low-light environments, like say inside a club. I specifically chose a camera which runs on AA batteries, allowing me to use rechargable Ni-MH which last longer than the slim lithium ion batteries. Battery life is crucial when it comes to shooting 6-hour raves. 🙂
I took it out for a road-test last night at my favourite haunt The Deen. I kept to ISO400 and slowed down the shutter speed to compensate for the low-light. Below are the results.
The above are usually the kind of photos that I’d take in a club and I never use flash unless I’m shooting people. I really liked the low noise-artifacts and minimal blurring, unless as an intended effect. Granted my trusty old Finepix isn’t too shabby in this department but the smaller shutter lag and burst mode on the Lumix allowed me to take more photos in the same amount of time. And I got a lot more usable shots than normal.
Next up are shots using flash on people (click through for larger versions). I wasn’t short of helpful strangers, including this group with the girls who kept posing for me. Don’t these photos make you smile? 🙂
But the coolest guy of the night has to be this older fella. He rocks!
The third test was low-light video recording. And I must say the Lumix trumps the Finepix in this department. The image is very smooth (thanks 30fps!) and bright enough to not require correction.
But I need to learn to make it look better on Youtube, so no video to show for now. Found an alternative video-hosting site called Videoegg which doesn’t compress the videos to oblivion. Woohoo!
Overall, I’m very happy with my new purchase.