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.
I love pretty pictures and fancy photography, but I’m afraid of technology. Which means I have a love/hate relationship with my DSLR. Love it when I get the shot I was dreaming of…hate it when my pictures don’t turn out as I had planned (which happens more than I care to admit!).
Imagine if there was a camera fool-proof enough for almost anyone to use – something great for action shots (KIDS! PETS!) and capable of taking *super* high resolution video. How awesome would that be, right? I’d be all over that.
Panasonic has kind of done just that with their new Lumix G7 mirrorless 4K camera – and I’ve been playing with it for the last several weeks. The timing could not be better – I’ve had lots to photograph this summer.
We are smack-dab in the middle of summer. Jack has grown close to two inches since the end of school (I swear!). Both kids can swim by themselves now. We go to the pool several times a week, and I often find myself taking pictures with my phone to share with Charles or the grandmothers.
I don’t want to miss these moments – they are so fleeting!
And now I have a way to capture the *exact* moments I have in my head when I go to take pictures. And honestly? Sometimes, the pictures I grab on this camera surpass what I had envisioned – and that’s always an amazing feeling.
Here’s the non-technical run-down of the Panasonic Lumix G7 for all my fellow “mamarazzi” out there.
The Lumix takes 4K video, which is basically VERY high resolution. The video is shot at 30 frames per second, and you can pull any of those frames out for a super high-res photo. Every single picture in this post was taken from a short video.
I shot the video in the most basic, automatic mode the camera has for shooting 4k video (easy, y’all – very, very easy). Then, I scrolled through the video in slow-mo (on the camera’s touch screen) and pulled out the shots I wanted – they save to the camera as photos and you can upload the ones you want.
I wanted to make some edits to my photos, and share them here, so I pulled them from the camera onto my laptop. But you can also download directly to your phone for easy social sharing – the camera has wi-fi and even I was able to figure out how to transfer pictures from the camera to my phone using the Panasonic Lumix app.
The Lumix G7 is smaller and lighter than a traditional DSLR, making it easy to carry around and keep with you to capture all those special little moments you never want to miss (if only I’d had this when my kids were learning to walk…).
This camera also works with a bunch of high-quality, interchangeable lenses (I’ve been happy with the lens it come with for this kind of stuff, though).
I feel like have an entirely new arsenal of photography tools right at my fingertips just waiting to be utilized…I mean, really, I took these photos with all automatic settings. I can’t even image what this camera is capable of doing once I wrap my head around how to use everything it can offer!
But for now? We’re keeping busy and I’m keeping it simple…and I’ll be shooting this thing in auto for the near future so I can focus more on having fun and getting great shots and less on worrying about technology.
Over the next several months I’ll be sharing my experience with the Panasonic Lumix G7 as I use it for my day-to-day family photography needs (basically, fun pictures of the kids!).
If you have questions or want to know more, please ask!