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I always have a camera on me tucked away in the depths of my handbag ready to capture that Kodak moment. As I have said before in reviews the way I like to look at it is I can always delete a picture whereas realising I've missed something after the occasion means I can't go back and snap away. It is through this happy snapping nature I have ended up with a selection of cameras. I don't like to carry my main camera with me all the time so I have a few smaller cameras I have been given by family and friends for everyday use. This one however is my faithful companion we have been together for a good few years and we seem to always come back together just when you think we've drifted apart.
*+*+* THE LOOK *+*+*
The Panasonic lumix DMC-LS70 is silver and measures around 3.5" x 2.5"with a 2" display screen on the back. The top of the camera is host to the on/off button, function dial, shutter button with twist zoom and the ezoom button which sets the zoom automatically.
Situated on the rear of the camera alongside the display screen are a further selection of buttons which include: Menu, display/high angle choice, function/delete and the direction buttons which double as flash options, timer, review and exposure settings. All buttons are clearly labelled are easy to operate.
There is a mini USB slot on the side which allow easy connection via the provided lead to your computer and wrist strap anchor point.
Like most cameras the lumix dmc-ls70 has a whole bundle of settings just waiting to be played with, the function dial at the top has a total of 8 settings:
Scene selection has the following options:
I have had some great results with some of the settings especially sport mode and sunset these settings are easy to use and clearly marked.
*+*+* EASE OF USE *+*+*
This camera is really easy to use with the dial on the top and clear onscreen instructions making navigation a doddle. It is AA battery powered which I know a lot of people dot like however this is a key factor I look for in a camera due to spending time at events in tents with no means of charging. This is a great sized camera which is perfect for your handbag or pocket and it weights less that 150grames so it doesn't weigh you down either. I have had no problem with sticking buttons or anything along those lines and have found if lent to friends and family they pick ip the basics very quickly.
*+*+* MY OPINION *+*+*
I really love this camera it is a good size and has a fair amount of settings to play with. I'll be honest compared to many cameras on the market today it has a good few less mega-pixels at only 7 but for snapping on a day or night out it is great. I have been extremely pleased with the durability of this camera it has been caught in a storm, got dust in it been dropped and even had a drink tipped over it while on a night out but still works as good as the day I bought it. Picture quality is good giving you clear and focused pictures in all settings. However this camera does not have sound recording so unless you are filming a silent movie and going to insert some jazzy 1920's chase music after then this isn't for you and this is also the reason I bought my new bigger camera...no one wants to watch a silent video of a 70's f1 car. I have used all of the settings on this camera and never found any problems in fact if anything it has encouraged me to take different pictures playing with the macro setting with flowers and fireworks which before this camera I may not have attempted. However I would like to point out I do not really see a point in having 2 settings for babies or a setting for food, I genuinely believe camera companies set out now to try and find just how many obscure settings they can stick on a camera. I tend to keep mine in sport mode a lot of the time this gives a quick shutter speed which means capturing moving objects is a lot easier so snaps of friends and family are rarely blurred or out of focus.
I love the high angle setting and this has been invaluable to me at events where I have had to hold the camera above my head to catch a shot and although this a simple idea it is a clever and very handy one for me allowing me to continue viewing what I am snapping easily. Unlike my other camera this has the SD card slot separate to the battery compartment which is something I prefer greatly I don't have to worry about the batteries making a bid for freedom when I least expect it.
I would definitely recommend this camera he has served me well and continues to do so he is always there when I need him and what more can you ask for.