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RoadRUNNER Speaks with Panasonic at PhotoPLUS

Dec 18, 2012 View Comments by

RoadRUNNER speaks with Panasonic at PhotoPLUS

Panasonic brought a panoply of cameras to New York and had three in particular that they wanted to show us—the new GH3 mirrorless camera, the FZ200 super-zoom, and the mighty compact LX-7. New York based pro photog, and fellow-motorcyclist, Rick Gerrity was also there to share some real-world experiences with Panasonic cameras.

The GH3 is the much-anticipated successor to the GH2, a very good interchangeable lens camera (Micro Four-Thirds format) that happens to also be a really good video camera (disclosure: I use a GH2). The GH3 should be capable of very high quality stills and video, particularly when used with a good Micro Four-Thirds lens from Panasonic or Olympus. The new camera is larger and is also weather sealed, a good feature for riders. If you are serious about having high quality video to go along with very good stills on the road, the GH3 is worth a serious look.

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 kind of looks like a mini DSLR, but the zoom lens is permanently attached to the camera. That’s ok, since the lens on this camera is quite interesting—from wide angle (25mm) to telephoto (600mm) the 24x zoom maintains a constant f2.8 aperture throughout the range, which means you can take photos in lower light situations when compared to similar super-zoom cameras. Super zooms like the FZ200 are good for those who like some of the features of a DSLR but aren’t interested in changing lenses. Image quality will be a step behind, but still very good.

And if you prefer to travel light, the LX-7 may be your ticket. An advanced point-and-shoot, the LX-7 has the controls that advanced photographers like in and pocket-able package.

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You know that little boy who stares at you, mouth agape, as you ride by? That was me, thirty-plus years ago. I merged two of my passions, motorcycles and photography, when I became a contributor to RoadRUNNER.