I dropped our little Nikon CoolPix last summer. It broke. It was a decent little camera that Mike bought in St. Louis when he went out there for his daughter’s high school graduation having done NO research.
I’ve been meaning to buy another point and shoot camera, so when I found out that the Lumix uses Leica lenses I was kind of excited. Point and shoot lenses are kinda crappy but a Leica lenses must be good, right? I didn’t get that $399 camera that was discussed in that blog. But all the Lumix’s use the Leica lenses. I got the DMC-FH25.
The Coolpix took really nice food pictures. That’s mainly what I use the point and shoot for. But I was always a little disappointed in everything else I shot. Close-ish people shots were ok, but forget any kind of landscape or vista. Not that I shoot much of that.
The Panasonic takes better pictures of those sorts of things than the Coolpix did, but I’m not sure if the Coolpix food shots were better. The Coopix had a “museum’ setting that was nice because it was silent when you took the picture and it was balanced for indoor lighting.
The Panasonic has a whole ton of settings but no “museum” setting. Below are some of the shots I’ve taken with it. None of them have been retouched. You can click the pictures to see larger versions.
There are several different price levels of the Panasonic Lumix. This one is the seond or third from the least expensive. I don’t know if the picture quality is better on the more expensive ones or if they just have more settings and features. Overall I’m pretty happy with it and am very happy with it for the price.