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As I am not very technically minded I like a camera which is easy to use with not too many different functions so when I saw my friend using her Panasonic Lumix on holiday and saw how simple it was to use I decided to treat myself to one. I bought this Panasonic camera from Ebay and paid just £20 but you can get them new for around £60 now both online and in some stores.
It has a small 2.7 inch screen which I find is plenty big enough for my needs and it has a 5.0 optical zoom so you can get quite close up to your subject. It has an automatic flash so you don't have to keep switching the flash on and off, and missing out on your perfect photo as you are doing it. As you are about to take a photo you just press the button very softly and the camera automatically focuses on your subject, then when you are happy with the image you press the button down properly and it takes the photo.
This camera does have an editing function whereby you can add accessories and such like onto your pics and you could also delete any parts you didn't like, however this is something I haven't done and probably won't, but it is a good feature if you like doing this. The zoom button is on the top of the camera and you just press this until you are close enough to your subject which is a feature I use.
The battery is replaceable but I haven't yet had to do this and I have had the camera now for about eighteen months, and it is easy to charge up just by plugging it in. I find that I only have to charge it up about every ten uses, but if I was going to take a lot of photos I would give it an extra charge beforehand.
I have been very pleased with the photographs I have taken with this camera as they always seem to be very good quality. I have printed some of them myself at home and had some printed in Boots and they seem to be very sharp and clear. I do recommend this camera as a good quality easy to use camera which produces good results and would be suitable for any ages and also someone who is looking for their first digital camera.
I have owned a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX10 for just over three years. It is a brilliant little camera, perfect for those who know nothing about photography and just want to take some nice pictures.
Good points: It has a really large screen which makes taking and viewing pictures much easier. You have the option to adjust all the settings (exposure etc) manually, or you can use the 'intelligent iso' setting, which does it all for you. The resulting pictures are good quality.
The camera is really easy to use, there's a little wheel that you use to move from playback, to movie, to take pictures etc. I particularly like the way you can zoom in and out using a little lever type device right next to the button for taking pictures. This allows you to zoom and shoot without having to take your eye off the screen.
Other good features are a choice of 31 scene settings, a clear delete button, the flash is easy to turn on and off, and for those with shaky hands it has a setting to account for this- means no more blurred photos!
Finally, this camera is very robust. I have taken mine on countless holidays, and used it in the rain, and snow. It's been dropped a couple of times, and put down on sand and dirt, yet despite all this abuse it still works perfectly! It's a good size too, just about small enough to fit in a jeans pocket, and I keep mine in a mobile phone sock. The re-chargeable battery is also really good, mine lasted for three weeks without needing to be recharged last time I went on holiday!
All in all, I can't think of anything I dislike about this camera, and would happily buy another one in the future!
It's a beautiful camera. What else could it be with Leica glass!
But I wish it had a spot focussing capability.
Maybe, with an optical viewfinder and a AAA battery powering, it would have been the finest pocketable camera.
Why not universally available AAA batteries instead of unpredictably available proprietary lithium, I wonder.
And, with a flip-flop LCD (like on some Canons), this would have been THE PERFECT pocketable camera.
Pocketable, yes, that matters.
I am in love with it anyway, despite my Leica M7. (www.kcgeorge.com)