We just love our Panasonic Lumix FZ60 for all-around photography at home and also for travel. It is compact and lightweight, yet returns superb still images and video. It's user-friendly, and the built-in picture enhancements are so much fun to use!
Below we discuss in detail why we recommend the Panasonic Lumix digital camera.
Then we tell you about an upgrade Lumix, perfect for superb photos with instant sharing capability, plus 4k video.
The best camera for wet and wild adventures.
We also reveal one inexpensive piece of camera equipment that will help make your photos stand out as "professional".
But first, are you up for a quick crash course in "Digital Cameras 101"?
Panasonic Lumix Digital Camera DMC-FZ60
Creative Modes: Expressive, Retro, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Star Filter, One Point Color
Still Image Scene Modes: Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Panorama Shot, Sports, Panning, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Handheld Night Shot, Food, Baby, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Through Glass, 3D Photo
Looking for an outstanding superzoom with 4k video and instant social media sharing? You won't be disappointed in the Panasonic Lumix Digital Camera FZ1000.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
Bonus: "Easy Share"- Instantly upload and share images on social media using the Panasonic Image App on a smartphone or tablet.
This middle-range superzoom has the versatility of a DSLR . The 25-400mm zoom is awesome, without carrying around lots of heavy lenses. It shoots 4K video, and has a pretty fast lens.
Down sides: Probably as big and heavy as an entry-level DSLR, and carries a serious price tag.
"Action cameras" are the rage these days for adventurous travelers. They are tiny, waterproof and virtually indestructible! Mount one on your helmet or the front of your surfboard. Take it along while kayaking, snorkeling or scuba diving. Time to get with it and document your extreme sport adventures!
My brother has a GoPro hero and just loves it for snowboarding and snorkeling.
GoPro Hero 6
This film was made with a GoPro Hero:
Why You Need A Tripod
Well, to be honest, not everyone needs one. Advanced picture stabilization technology in today's higher-end cameras has rendered tripods less essential than than they used to be.
But... if you want more professional results while shooting selfies, sunrises/sunsets, landscapes, creative time-lapse stills or videos, low-light scenes, or nighttime photos... mounting your camera on a tripod can make the difference between ho-hum and awesome.
This is one small but versatile lightweight travel tripod we recommend for small to medium-sized cameras:
Travel Tripod 3K
Flexible gripping legs free you to set it up almost anywhere; such as attaching it to a tree, signpost or fence.
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