I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Panasonic. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
For the last several years, my brother and his family have come to Texas for Halloween. October is a beautiful time of year in Texas, and we have the perfect neighborhood for trick-or-treating, so we roll those two events – nice weather and lots of candy – into a little family vacation with the California Cousins.
This year, though, we’re taking our trick-or-treating to California. Which means I’ve kind of kind of slacked off on the Halloween home decorating this year.
This also means we’ll miss out on our annual Halloween block party and trick-or-treating with the neighbors. To make up for it, the kids dressed up in their costumes and did some last-minute pumpkin carving last night with their friends.
Do you remember carving pumpkins as a kid? Every year, I’d pull off the top of my pumpkin and cringe at the slimy pumpkin guts, reluctant to stick my hands inside. After a few tentative swipes with a big spoon, I’d realize my hands could do a better job and I’d dive in, soon relishing the task at hand.
It’s so fun to see my kids have the same experiences.
I wanted to take pictures, but it was getting pretty dark, pretty fast. I worried that I wouldn’t have enough light to get clear, crisp pictures. But the Panasonic Lumix G7 delivered, as it has every other time I’ve needed it!
I’m continuing to love the Lumix G7.
I am loving its portability (it’s small and lightweight, and will be in my bag when we travel). It’s also *super* easy to share the pictures from the camera. I’ve installed the Lumix app on my phone, which allows me to transfer pictures from my camera to my phone. From there, I can easily share on social media or email.
All of the pictures you see here are either shot in auto or pulled from 4K video. The Panasonic Lumix G7 takes 4K ultra HD video at up to 30 frames per second. You can extract any of those frames in an 8-megapixel still image. I like to use the Pre-Burst mode, which takes a 3-second “photo” (a video, really) – you can then scroll through that short little video to get the exact picture you wanted (this is a great feature for photographing the kids – you know how hard it can be to get them to smile? With this, your odds of getting the picture you want are much greater!).
The Lumix G7 also comes with super fast focus and tracking, also making it useful for kid pictures.
It also takes fabulous videos, and if you want to see a video we shot entirely with the Lumix, you can see that here.
I also have fond childhood memories of my mom roasting the pumpkin seeds after we carved pumpkins, so I thought I’d carry that tradition along with my own kids. I googled “best pumpkin seed recipe” and was pretty sure they would be THE BEST PUMPKIN SEEDS EVER. And they totally were! The kid, though? Gagged and acted as if I were trying to poison them.
Oh, well. More seeds for me.
I wouldn’t say our pumpkin would win any pumpkin carving awards or anything like that, but Jack carved the face almost entirely on his own!
Our Halloween festivities are just getting started, but I’d say we’re off to a good start!
You can learn more about the Panasonic Lumix G7 (and how versatile it is!) here.
And, I’ve been waiting to say these exact words until I’d been using the camera for some time, but with more than four months of consistent use under my belt, I can safely say that if you are looking for a go-to camera, I do recommend the Lumix G7. 🙂 I will say that it takes some getting used to (especially with the touch-screen) as there are SO many things it can do and SO many options to choose from. But once I figured out my favorite settings (4K Pre-Burst mode for action shots, and I shot a lot in Auto for this series), it was simple. This is a camera you can grow with.
For my full series on the Lumix G7 (and to see some of the best photos I’ve taken with this little camera!), check out these posts: