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Continuing last week’s topic, I’m still a firm believer that ‘the best camera is the one that’s with you’. But there were cases where people start thinking “ah, my camera sucks, I wish i had a Digital-SLR camera with me”. They bought one, use it for couple of months, -in most cases without reading the manual first-, then disappointed that the results were not as spectacular as they had expected. Some even feel that the results from their DSLRs lack the punch and vividness of their previous compact cameras. Worst case is, they feel DSLRs turn out to be a burden to carry around. Especially if they just go hang out in a local restaurant, they’d think they look like tourists.

If that’s the case, prosumer- (a marketing jargon for professional consumer, to differentiate from ‘amateurs’)- level compact like the Panasonic Lumix LX3 might be an option. It’s small, lightweight, has large sensor (CCD) for details, also large aperture (f2.0) to make a nice bokeh (background blur), and manual control so you can be as creative as with a DSLR.

I had my hands on one LX3, thanks to a buddy of mine who’s kindly enough to let me try it out. And it did churned out great result. Here are some of the photos I took with the LX3. Click on it to enlarge and see it’s amazing detail. Except for the sunset shot, I changed the color tone in Apple’s Aperture for most of the picture. I prefer a bit less saturated colors then the originals. I took them in RAW format, one of prosumer level camera’s features. So any adjustment won’t ruin it, as you will in Jpeg format.


I tried the macro feature, on this 50th wedding anniversary event (not mine, I’m not that old ;P) with its f2.0 aperture. Real shallow Depth of Field. (click on image above to enlarge)


Even closer, and even shallower DOF


It’s Popeye the sailor girl. Click to enlarge, see in the eye-lash area, and I’d say it’s pretty detail for a compact.


Amazing color rendition. Tho not bad for a compact, compare to a DSLR the noise level is annoying. (This was at iso 400)

(click on image above to see what’s bugging me)

I didn’t take enough photos with it as much as I want to, but I could say that if I want to get a compact, LX3 will come top of my mind. Though in high iso number (800 and above) the noise become more pronounced, I’d still think it’s an improvement compare to smaller sensor cameras. As of now, the Lumix LX3 is the reigning champion in its class. It’s a hot item, so hot that it might be hard to find in some areas. But that’s about to change with the recent announcement of its successor, Panasonic Lumix LX5. It will have more range (24-90mm from the previous 24-60mm), supposedly better CCD to reduce noise, and better image stabilization (power O.I.S.). I can’t wait to see how far it really improved.

So, any camera you’ve tried and compared that you really recommend? Or maybe camera you had bad experience with? I could name a few, especially the ones that made my wallet empty,… =P

by ingimg
ingenious imaging

Good morning beloved readers,

Today, for me to be able to see you all again here at VanillaSeven, its truly a blessing.

Yesterday was the saddest day of my blogging life. I believe some of you tried to visit my blog and greeted with a plain white page with a large FORBIDDEN letter. Well, thank you for your effort to visit me again today.

The reason VanillaSeven was down to its knee.

  • Our database was corrupted and blocked…
  • Users deleted, postings and images vanished…
  • Plugins went nuts…
  • Server overloaded, password denied and changed…
  • And the worst thing was, I was banned from entering my own wordpress.

This is every Blogger’s Nightmare.

But thanks to God, after struggling for hours, like a person refused to be buried alive, everything are restored, almost.

  • Some post might still have error.
  • Some of the plugins are disabled to prevent disaster.
  • One of VanillaSeven most dedicated member, v1olet, has lost most of her published picture. Almost all of them.

v1olet, I promised that I will link back every single photo that you’ve posted.

It will be a long painful recovery, yet we licked our wounds and standing up again.

We are in the process of upgrading VanillaSeven structure to make it leaner, sexier, safer, stronger and the most importantly more goodness for all of you. The reason VanillaSeven ever existed is because of YOU.

VanillaSeven humbly thank all of you.

Good morning guys :)

Today we are going to view Marriot Hotel luxury swimming pools.

Below are the view of the entrance gate to one of the swimming pool.

This door is huge. For measurement, normal adult height only reached about its door handles.

These Sun Loungers are located just beside that huge blue gate.

As you can see, not so many people there due to monsoon season.

According to the staff there, the sun lounger were packed during peak season.

One of the five swimming pools available at Marriot Resort.

(Picture courtesy of YB)

Another swimming pool,  the white water entrance with giant bell hanging in the middle.

That little girl just happened to popped up out of the water when I took this picture.

No human harmed in this photo taking, well.. only myself maybe.

My skin are still peeling from sunburn, but it all worth it.

by flyingbeagle