My Panasonic TS30
I decided to veer off from my one camera, one lens at a time photography using the Fuji X-Pro3. It is a great camera but I don’t always have it with me nor do I always need its capabilities. Since I am opportunity limited in finding things to photograph I decided that I needed to increase my opportunities for making images. I am therefore now carrying a Panasonic Lumix TS30 waterproof camera as a pocket camera. I tried using my iPhone instead but it isn’t the same.
I chose the TS30 due to its size and low cost. It is very small and easily fits in any pocket and is hopefully rugged enough to take an occasional drop or a little water or being sat on. You can look it up to get the specs, etc.
If you buy one, make sure you download the advanced manual. I just jumped into using it after a quick look at the booklet and soon started complaining about a few things I couldn’t do with it. I was wrong. I was not familiar with the Panasonic menu system. I ended up downloading the advanced manual and found that the camera has a lot of useful features and controls that aren’t so obvious. You also need photography software and a computer so that you can further process the jpeg images that the camera produces if you wish your images to look similar to mine.
I’m not sure as to how long I’ll keep it. I don’t seem to keep cameras long, but I’m thinking that it will work well enough for a dark style that I’m playing with. I am also worried that similar small pocket cameras won’t be for sale much longer so I might acquire other similar small cameras while I can get them. They are great for my dark style images and arthritic hands.