Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The amazing pocket rocket

If anybody were to ask me what they should get, if they needed a good point-and-shoot camera, and didn't mind a little bit more bulk, I would wholeheartedly recommend the Lumix TZ range of cameras.

These guys pack a solid 10x optical zoom in a tidy little, metal-encased package. Its quite a beauty! Don't take my word for it. Here's a pix of the Lumix TZ5... check it out yourself!

Image Source: DP Review.com

And how does the camera perform, you say? Again, don't take my word for it. Check out these pictures yourself. Many thanks to AiHua, the guy behind the lens, who kindly agreed to let me show off some of his lovely pictures. The liveware behind the hardware makes the difference!

Oh and by the way, the first 2 pictures were taken at the Ayer Itam Dam, in Penang, Malaysia. Penang is a really great place to be. Visit it if you haven't been there. Its got a lot of old-time charm. Okay, so perhaps quite a bit of its "Pearl of the Orient" aura has been lost to too many years of neglect and mismanagement... but many of us die-hard Penang supports (yep, I'm one of em!) still hope that she will relive her glory days one day soon!!

This next one was shot at the seaside of Sungai Burung, Selangor, Malaysia.

The next set is a composite, showing the difference you can get by playing with the contrast. The top pix of the pair was shot in the original, plain vanilla mode. The bottom one was shot with a notch or two of extra contrast. Its really cool how much more detail can be surfaced with such a simple step. Its really made wonders out of the otherwise bland pictures you usually end up when shooting through the plane window!

All the above were shot with the TZ2. Stay tuned when I get my hands on some pix taken with the TZ5! Till then, cheers!

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