Last night my wife let me order Christmas early! I pulled up my Amazon account and placed 4 items in the cart and hit order! So, what are they? Well, I will show you:
The first item is the Panasonic Lumix FH 20 Camera. This is simply a point and shoot camera, but from the reviews I have read, this is a powerhouse! It features a 28 mm wide-angle lens with an 8x optical zoom and packs up to 14.1 megapixels. It also features shake, scene, motion and face detection. The iA mode makes it easy to catch those moments that pop-up instead of fiddling with getting the correct setting first. The 2.7 inch LCD on the back makes it easy to review pictures already taken or browse the menus. Last but not least, this baby shoots videos in HD!
The Panasonic Lumix FH 20 comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery which is stated to average 300 shots on a single charge. However, since I plan to carry this with me on backpacking trips, I opted to get a second battery, just in case. I have found myself hitting upwards of 500 – 600 photos on a 3 day trip using my wife’s DSLR, so I figured this would come in handy.
The Lumix FH 20 also comes with 40 MB of built-in-memory (estimated 8 photos at 14.1 megapixels) so this will not be enough room. So, I opted to go with the Transcend SDHC 8GB Class 6 card. I chose the SDHC Class 6 card since they seem to be recommended for use while shooting HD movies. I chose 8 GB’s so that I would have plenty of room to store all of my pictures while on the trail (about 1,590 shots at 14.1 megapixels.)
Last but not least, I needed a place to carry the camera and the extra battery while on the trail, and somewhere handy at that. There are so many camera bags to choose from, and honestly it is hard for me to tell any drastic differences between them. So, I decided to go with a MountainSmith bag. It is simple, inexpensive and looks to be what I needed. There is a strap on the back of the bag that will connect to vertical or horizontal straps which will be great for using with my backpack. Then, there is a small pocket located inside the main compartment where I can store the extra battery. And, it’s recycled.
So, this is it. I have been wanting a camera all year. Since I do reports for Backpackgeartest.org I need a reliable camera that will take good shots. Too many times on recent trips I come home with crappy pictures unless I opt to carry around my wife’s humongous DSLR around my neck…
So, now the hard part is waiting on it to arrive. Since Thanksgiving is coming up I am sure it will be a little delayed, but then again, it just may arrive before Thanksgiving. Just have to see…