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Is The Best Travel Camera For 2011 - 2012 - The Panasonic Lumix Gx1?
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Is the Best Travel Camera for 2011   -   2012   -   The Panasonic Lumix Gx1?

For me the best travel camera should be a high quality Digital SLR that is compact enough to easily carry. One of the things that annoy me the most with Digital SLRs when traveling, is the size and weight of the camera.

I want to be able to take good shots in the city without looking like I am about to go for a Himalayan trek shooting wildlife.

The best digital cameras for travel should be compact enough to put into a coat pocket or easy enough to wear on your shoulder. That is where Lumix from Panasonic has finally got it right. Lumix cameras are compact and durable, but the last few cameras in the Lumix range, even though they were good, did not leave me with enough creative control of my photos.

The Panasonic Lumix GX 1 however is different. With enough camera settings to please any professional photographer the Panasonic Lumix GX1 is the best travel compact camera I have ever used. The Lumix GX1 with lens and battery only weighs a mere 413 grams and is small enough (with the pancake lens) for me to put in a coat pocket to take out on the town or go out for dinner without it being a distraction.

The 16 Megapixel four-thirds sensor delivers super high quality images at up to ISO 12,800. The autofocus on the Panasonic Lumix GX1 delivers an amazingly accurate focus at a speed of only .09 seconds perfect for any shot where timing is of the upmost importance.

One of the best things about the Panasonic Lumix GX1 is that you are able to attach up to 14 different Leica and Panasonic lenses. Leica produce some of the finest lenses in the world and Panasonic have added two more great lenses that have been specifically designed for use with the GX1.

  • Lumix GX VARIO 14-42 mm pancake lens - perfect for fitting in your pocket
  • Lumix GX VARIO 45-175mm lens - perfect for those faraway shots

The Panasonic Lumix GX1 also comes with outstanding features for shooting high quality HD video. At 1920 x 1080 the video quality is amazing for a camera that is so compact. This is another reason why I think the Lumix GX1 is one of the best travel for 2012.

So next time you are out for dinner in a restaurant in a spectacular city and you find yourself dragging around your 2 kg SLR think about how nice it would be to have a Panasonic Lumix GX1 - it is light enough and compact enough to put in a small bag or in your coat pocket and it takes some of the most amazing photos and videos that you could ask for. I think it is the best travel camera I have ever used and is probably the best travel camera 2012.


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