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Panasonic FZ2000: Trying the new camera

For a special birthday treat this year, and thinking ahead to our upcoming tour, I got a new digital camera. We’ve had a Panasonic TZ20 for years – great pictures in good light, good zoom, really compact – but it had some fluff in the lens that we couldn’t shift and the zoom motor was starting to play up. Low light performance was not great – my newer mobile (Samsung S7) took better indoor and night-time shots. As ever, I pondered long and hard over what to get – a good all rounder, for photo and video, not too bulky, not too expensive.

In the end we stuck with Panasonic, and the simplicity of a fixed lens, and went for the FZ2000, described as a super-zoom bridge camera. It has 20x zoom, 1 inch sensor, better low light perfomance, 4k video, good battery life and a host of other features like 4k photo, built in neutral density filters and much more to be discovered I’m sure.

Very pleased with the results so far. Got a lot to learn but hoping for some great photo mementos from our upcoming van life adventures. These are from our fantastic trip to Mauritius. The .jpg sizes are normally around 6-8Mb (20Mp) so I’ve had to resize/shrink them here.

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Well hello 2019

So, I mentioned some big changes for 2019… Well the balls are definitely rolling now! I’m finishing work at the end of March, we’ve got the house up for sale and I put down the deposit on a motorhome yesterday! Our current plan is to tour Europe for a few months and see where things lead us.

I’m a little sad to part with our fantastic VW campervan which has taken us on some great adventures, gigs and blues festivals over last 3 years. Our camp breakfast up near Edinburgh this morning likely to be our last!

But the bigger van – a Benimar Mileo 201 – is likely to be our home for the foreseeable and that is really exciting. I can’t take all the guitars of course so some tough decisions ahead 🙂