20 June 2007
Getting me a new camera (Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3)
I broke down and ordered a new digicam from Amazon. I haven't had one in a some time and while the Blackberry Pearl camera is always handy the pictures are pretty marginal.
I like a small digicam and a good optical zoom. Small means you are more likely to carry it. The zoom gets you shots you might not always get. I also look for good low-light capability for places you cannot use a flash and a wide angle feature is nice. My ancient Nikon Coolpix 950 had all of this, but it is a dinosaur these days and kinda large.
I was looking around and read Cory's joy with his Panasonic Lumix FX07. I started looking into that camera, but it wasn't quite right for me. Then Panasonic released the DMC-TZ3.
The DMC-TZ3 has a horrible name, but seems to meet all my criteria. It is reasonably small and it has a 28-280mm equivalent lens. This means wide angle to 10x optically. It also supposedly has excellent image stabilization for use in low light. Sweet.
Amazon had it for $299 (no tax or shipping of course). Now if they would just ship it to me sometime soon. :(
Don't fret about the old Nikon though. A co-worker wants the telephoto and wide angle lenses for it. And I figure the camera itself will be a good place for Drew to start taking some pictures.