My (new to me) travel camera purchased on Ebay was put to the big test the past couple of weeks. Panasonic Lumix FZ 150 with 24x optical zoom and image stabilization. I found the controls and features easy and quick to access with dials and buttons right on the camera. No fumbling deep into the menu to change settings. I was able to switch between aperture priority, shutter priority and manual quickly and efficiently. Its compact size made it easy to pack and carry in a fanny pack even with carrying a 16 pound backpack. It handled cold, wet conditions well and the battery was long-lasting even with heavy use. I was able to shoot in raw format and was pleased with the noise level of images at 3200 ISO which is the highest ISO of this camera. Image stabilization worked well as I had sharp images even down to 1/20 of a second, hand held, while zoomed in. I’d recommend this camera to anyone looking for a good travel camera with professional features.
Above image shot at 3200 ISO / Aperture 3.8 / Shutter 1/320 of a second.
The above image of the nun leading singing during the Pigrims’ Mass was shot at 1600 ISO / Aperture 3.5 / Shutter 1/20 of a second.
Birds nesting in the above image really tested the zoom and image stabilization. I was fully zoomed to the 24x . Shot at 200 ISO / Aperture 6.3 / Shutter 1/1600 of a second.
Completed 130 miles of the Camino de Santiago (135 if you count detours!) and this image was taken at the end of our walking/hiking experience. March is a cold, rainy month to attempt the Camino but that was the time that worked out with our occupations. Wonderful experience since we were able to meet people from all around the world tackling this amazing journey in a parallel realm. A huge thank you goes out to my sister, the travel organizer extraordinaire.