Creating memories. That’s what life is all about, right? Whether those memories are captured in a fleeting moment that you simply choose to commit to mind or documented on film, those memories are what matters most.
Out of my material possessions my camera ranks pretty highly. My memory isn’t the greatest and as I travel quite a lot destinations often blur into one another. I love snapping away on my trips and then trawling through the hundreds of pics, reliving each experience and choosing which ones to print. Since having Nova my need to document my memories has increased so much. He changes on a weekly basis and I can’t bear the thought of missing both the ordinary and the special moments.
I’ve used a Panasonic LUMIX for years and years now, even pre-blogging days, and so when Panasonic gifted me with the new LUMIX DMC-GX80 I was itching to get snapping. I previously mentioned that they sent me on a pedibus with a few other bloggers to get to grips with it. You can see the super high quality images that I managed to capture on the go in this brief GX80 review.
The GX80 is the upgraded version of my old LUMIX, the GX7. The cameras are similar, but undeniably different. I’ve shunned my well-loved old one in favour of the GX80, so that in itself shows how good it is. I took it to Stockholm with me (you can see more of the GX80’s abilities in those pics).
I thought I’d share more about the camera in case you’re in the market for one. It’s less than three months til Christmas, so there’s no harm in dropping hints early on by sharing this post with your faves…
So what makes the LUMIX GX80 so good?
I’m not a photographer so I’m going to keep the techie jargon to a minimum. I think the photos speak for themselves.
The standout feature of the camera is the 4k video and 4k photo mode. It simple terms it means four times the resolution and clarity of traditional full HD. It also means that the GX80 can capture fleeting moments, like for example, if you were on safari waiting patiently for an animal to pounce, or if you were trying to snap those magical first steps (Nova, I’m talking about you), or perhaps if you were on a pedibus cycling round London trying to take photos whilst on the move.
Basically this camera can keep up. You don’t really need to worry about blurry shots or pressing the shutter too early/late. You don’t have to worry about wobbly footage too much either because the camera has dual IS, which to normal people like me and you, means that it’s better at stabilising itself.
One of the other super clever features of this camera is called post focus. You know when you take a photo that has something in the distance and something else a little closer? Well, you can take one photo of the scene and then choose which part of the photo should be in focus. You just tap the relevant part of the screen and save the adjusted image. You can also choose to do the editing once you’re back home, but I find that I take so many photos I forget which photo I wanted to adjust. The following photos show this feature in action…
I’m not even going to apologise for the next flurry of love. By now you know that I adore stylish things, whether that’s a gorgeous hotel or Nova’s baby equipment, so it’ll be of no surprise that the GX80 scores highly for me because it is just so stylish. The retro design is so classy and just like the GX7, this camera attracts lots of attention. I have the black one, but there’s also a very pretty tan version.
Just like the GX7, the GX80 has a function that allows you to transfer images straight to your mobile which is super convenient. I can’t imagine ever buying a camera that doesn’t have this feature. You can flip the screen out, which is helpful if you’re trying to get a shot from an awkward angle. I often pop the screen out and stick my arms in the air above crowds so that I can get a tricky shot. Oh and I guess it’s worth highlighting that you can change the lenses on the camera.
My main whinge about this camera is the lens cap is unattached; there’s no string or bit of plastic to keep it secured to the camera. I’m sure there’s a very practical reason for it, but I just live in fear of losing mine.
The camera shoots so well in just ‘point and click’ that I haven’t made the most of all of the manual settings, though from the workshop I attended and photos I’ve seen the GX80 does amazingly well in that mode too. I can’t wait to capture more unmissable moments. This camera is going to have some serious adventures!
You can find out more, including the specifications, and buy your own Panasonic LUMIX GX80 through that link. You can also check out the @LumixUK Instagram feed for more photos.
This post is in collaboration with Panasonic.