my neighbourhood...

when i was studying in poly, i took up photography and learnt how to do black and white film processing (loads of fun trying to slot the film into the spool in the dark!) and bot my very first (and only) SLR camera from canon… my first digital camera was also from canon (powershot to be precise) as it allowed me to fiddle with the important things – which i end up not fiddling wif but my sis did so it was good. in fact i’m so used to canon stuff that when the currently digi cam started having problems… i told myself i would get another canon powershot…

actually i got a pretty good camera with my sony ericsson phone (k800i) so the digi cam was more used by my sis and parents when they go on holiday… and wif them going on holiday soon i decided that i better not risk it and get a new digi cam… and so off to the local PC and gadgetry show i went… after gathering some rudimentary survey results (from two or three friends) i narrowed my search to canon, sony and panasonic… i’m just not a big fan of the rest (and that includes nikon) when it comes to small sized digital cameras…

i went on the first day so there wasn’t so many people and i could look around in peace… but as i really had the idea of getting another canon camera, i just walked to the other two booths in a ‘cursory’ manner… first i checked out the sony booth where they had the cybershots (same as my phone camera) but i didn’t like them coz the colours were a tad too red for me… and the camera seemed really dainty and come in saacharine sweet colours of pink, red etc… plus the zoom button was a beeeet too small on some of the models

then i went to panasonic to pick up a brochure… coz there was just a crowd of humans in front of the counters and then went over to the canon booth… where there were more salesmen than people… i managed to get my hands on one of the powershot models and realised to my great disappointment that it felt a bit cheap plasticky… and i didn’t really wan an ixus… and the sales person didn’t really promote more of the features of the camera… and so i walked away feeling a bit…. =/

my fren then suggested that i check out lumix as she has heard that it’s not too bad… and so we did… the crowd at the counters had cleared out by then so we were able to take a closer look at the cameras… of course it was all made better by this pretty cute (geeky) guy who came over and helped me narrow down the camera choice to just one… the panasonic lumix fx520 (touch screen, adjustable functions of shutter speed, aperture etc)!!

unfortunately when i went back again on sunday (yes i was crazy enough to do that) wif my sis in tow… that particular model had sold out!! >_< because i didn’t have a second choice.. i spent the next half hour walking ard the same 3 booths to check out other camera models… and once again… i was not exactly thrilled wif the people at canon (they didn’t seem to wan to sell me their cameras) and so decided to buy a panasonic lumix dmx-fx38

why? coz i tot out of all the cameras i looked at, it was pretty light and handy to carry (ixus was a bit heavy) and the colours were quite close to what i saw with my eyes (sony’s was a tad too reddish) but i still wasn’t too pleased that i didn’t managed to get the camera i actually wanted… until i took the photo above! it’s a shot of the view i have from my window – taken with the lumix’s intelligent mode (read: idiot-proof point and shoot) wif autoflash… WOW! it is truly amazing coz the real thing isn’t even this gorgeous!! fwahhhhh…

therefore i’m now a fan of panasonic’s lumix range of cameras (and so are a few of my friends and colleagues!) ;D