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Capture Holiday Memories with Panasonic LUMIX Cameras

I am my family’s photographer. It’s a role that I take quite seriously because I, more than anyone else, enjoy reviewing the photos that capture our lives together. I’m the one who downloads them onto the computer, spends time editing, selecting favourites for screensavers, prints, photobooks, and gifts.

I take pride in my role and in my skills. I’ve taken photography courses, done extensive research before buying any camera, carry cameras with me wherever we go, and am quick to pull them out and chronicle our days photographically. But I’m always looking to improve my skills, my tools and my end results.

So, when I was asked to review the new Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF3X camera, I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve spent the last week playing with this beautiful camera and I’m absolutely thrilled with it.

panasonic.jpgThis compact system camera is a hybrid of the advanced technology of a DSLR interchangeable lens camera and the simple, compact point-and-shoot style. The interface is fully operable by touch screen, and almost all functions can be controlled using the intuitive button/wheel design as well. It’s a camera that can grow with me, because I can purchase other lenses as you need them, but it’s almost as small as my iPhone, so I can toss it in my purse and take it with me everywhere.

It also has a very cool intuitively touch screen LCD control that is useful not only in reviewing the photos I’ve taken, but also in adjusting the settings for the photos I want to take.

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Here are some more of the fun features I’ve discovered (and the photographic evidence of all my experimentation).
Intelligent Auto Plus
As I’ve mentioned, I’ve taken more than my share of photography courses, but there are times when my brain is so overflowing with other essential information that I can’t fathom the challenge of thinking about shutter speeds and aperture control. That’s where Intelligent Auto Plus saves the day. Shooting in this setting is fully automatic for optimal image quality. The result is beautiful images with point-and-shoot ease.
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Creative Control
There are times when I want to relax and actually enjoy the process. Compose and create a photo instead of just snapping a picture. The LUMIX camera offers the ability for all sorts of creative control, such as adjusting the point of focus and exposure without complicated steps, so that your scrapbook can have some gorgeous artsy shots, and not just the standard candid snapshots.

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Fast autofocus technology
Here’s a feature that I know I’m going to appreciate. It used to be that I could sit my kids down for a photo shoot and have them grin at me until I was done. Now there’s a lot more going on (and a lot more attitude) and I have to be pretty quick to get a great shot. Among the world’s fastest AF technology (0.09seconds) means I can take advantage of spur of the moment shots. They’re all together…and not killing each other…and even smiling!

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Subject Detection
Kids are fast, and my photo albums show enough blurry figures to reflect how difficult it is to capture them in motion. The LUMIX camer’s AF tracking locks onto your subject and keeps it in focus with the correct exposure until you click the shutter.
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There are still lots of features that I’m looking forward to playing with, including HD Video (I’ll be pulling that out on Christmas morning!), but this really is a perfect camera for me…and for our family.

UrbanMoms and Panasonic want to help you preserve your family’s special moments.  We are giving away a Panasonic LUMIX GF3X to one lucky UrbanMoms member! To enter to win, simply comment below and tell me how a Panasonic LUMIX camera would help you improve your photography skills.
You must sign-in to enter so we know how to get in touch with you.  Click here to join. 

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The contest closes on December 22, 2011.       

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This camera review is sponsored by Panasonic.  All content is true, based on Jen’s personal experience.

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