Douglas A. Kerr: Cold 'n' Hot
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100
f/3.6, 1/30 sec, ISO 1600
13.6 mm (37.4 mm ff35 equivalent)
The shot shows my "evening snack", in this case comprising some delicious ice cream and a nice cup of coffee (Carla has a special one-cup coffee maker she uses for this nightly event, as the regular coffee maker doesn't seem to do well with a "one-cup" order.)
This is the first "published" shot from our new camera (arrived just yesterday), a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100. This is a lovely easily-pocketable camera with a 20.1 MPx, "one inch" sensor (2.75×, in one way of looking at it). It has a permanent 25-250 mm ff35 equivalent, f/2.8-5.9, Leica-branded lens.
This is the latest step in our program of "downsizing" our camera arsenal. This is in part motivated by the fact that I don't get around as readily as I once did, and walk with a cane, so the schleppage of even our beloved Panasonic FX1000 can become problematical for a lot of adventures.
In fact, we have for some while been well-served in that regard by our Canon PowerShot G16, but I wanted something with an EVF, a larger sensor, and a lens with a greater range of focal lengths.
I opted for the version of the ZS100 with what Panasonic calls the "silver" livery, which is actually a very nice two-tone silver-gray with a prominent red accent. We see it here in a manufacturers' shot, with the lens extended (to its minimum focal length position):
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100
As with the G16, the lens retracts almost fully into the body, and has an integral "eyelid" to protect it when the camera is in my pocket.
We had looked into the successor model, the ZS200. It is said to have a better EVF, and has a lens with a larger zoom ratio (but that would have almost certainly led to further compromises in optical performance).
The EVF in this machine is really quite nice, however. It is located in the opera-left corner, so (when using the right eye on it) this avoids the problem of noseprints in the display panel. Panasonic, by the way, calls this organ a "Live View Finder"; I wonder what other kinds there are. (Although I did have a camera once with a dead viewfinder.)
The display panel, bu the way, is touch-sensitive, which turns out to be very nice for such things as relocating the focus point and even navigating the menu system.
Many reviews of this machine have commented that the images are a bit soft in some cases. We'll see how that works out here.
In any case, it is a lovely machine, and I'm well pleased to have it. It was, by the way, an anniversary present from Carla.