A new camera for my pocket

Chris Hemmerle, marketing director of HBH Woolacotts, presents Tim Martindale with a compact Lumix LX100 camera.

Chris Hemmerle, marketing director of HBH Woolacotts, presents Tim Martindale with a compact Lumix LX100 camera.

I’ve recently been lucky enough to team up with Cornwall and Devon’s premier electrical retailer, HBH Woolacotts.

As part of the partnership, HBH Woolacotts marketing director, Chris Hemmerle, has provided me with the latest professional compact camera from Panasonic Lumix, the DMC-LX100. I’ll will be regularly supplying them  images and videos from the camera to showcase the capability of the camera and the types of results that can be achieved. After a few months thorough use I will then be writing a full review of the camera.

I’m delighted this opportunity has come about  because one of the main problems in using professional DSLRs is their weight and bulk. My Nikon D800 and 14-24mm lens (my most regular combination), together weigh over 2kg  (5lbs) so I’m never that keen to pick up it when I’m just going to walk the dog. Many times though, I’ve missed an opportunity for a great photo from not having a camera with me. Yes, I do have a smartphone but I’m sorry, but they are no substitute for a proper camera!   LX100The Lumix LX100 which HBH Woolacotts have given me is a pocket-able mini-marvel with a large 4/3 sensor and a 24-7o (35mm equivalent) f2.8 zoom and is capable of creating seriously impressive images. With its own built-in wi-fi network it can also beam images, via my phone, straight to the internet.

In addition, the LX100 can also record 4K video and I’m looking forward to being experiment with that feature including the ability to be able to grab one frame from the video as a hi-res photograph. Seriously impressive technology!

Here are a few images I’ve captured with the camera so far. All that is required now is for this wretched winter to make way for some more photogenic conditions to enable me to able to get out and about and explore it’s capabilities. Stand by for some, hopefully snowy, shots from the Lake District fells shortly!