I have always had an interest in Photography, but never really acted on it until, back in 2013, got my first smartphone. The camera on a smartphone, better said the sensor, was good, easy tools made my pictures look cool. As time progressed I realised that the type of pictures I wanted or desired to take would require either a premium phone or a camera. So I started looking at cameras as I had done the math and found out that a new flagship phone would cost me anywhere from $500-$1000 only to be redundant within 24 months. More importantly you can actually buy really nice cameras for a low budget. After some intense googling I had my sight set on the Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ82 (80 version is US specific)
It’s key features:
- Bridge Camera
- 60* Optical Zoom (equivalent focal range 20mm-1200mm)
- Lens: f/2.8-f5.6
- 18.1 MP High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
- 4K Burst Shooting Mode
- 4K Video
- WIFI build-in
- Price: $270-$350
The FZ82 is probably the best budget camera around and and it is fully equipped to cater for the basic photography needs and funnily enough the average zoom lens is actually more expensive than the entire camera.
What I didn’t realise at the time of purchase is the fact that the zoom lens is awesome and does allow for some awesome pictures. See some examples below
I can really recommend this camera to those of you looking for an all-in-one camera with a great zoom lens, super grip, easy controls and great pricing.
After a couple of months of usage I started to notice that I was getting a bit annoying with some of the features either missing (manual buttons for instance) and the limited reach of the f/ stops (2.8 max). Basically the more and more I got into photography the more my own requirements started to develop and with that different needs have surfaced ( that will be in later posts.
However if you just want a camera that is only used at events, weekend trips or holidays this is probably as good as you will get within the price range.
In the next post I’ll discuss my next purchase the Lumix DCM-LX100 and will show some of my stills