The Panasonic Lumix range may not have the instant recognition of Canon or Nikon, but they’re robust and solid cameras with some great technology behind them. Pundits have a tendency to dismiss the range in favor of the two giants, and there’s really no need. Forget the swank value and look at the quality and capabilities of a very good range.
Panasonic cameras have developed a strong market in recent years, ranging from the classic point and shoot to some basic DSLRs. Although the lens range doesn’t quite match the big names [but are often compatible with them], the cameras are a solid quality that can greatly enhance any vloggers work.
Here we take a look at three of our favorite Panasonic Lumix cameras for vloggers.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7
This is one of our personal favourite best cameras under $200 for vloggers and we are pretty sure you will see why. This offers AVCHD lite HD movie recording, which means you get less battery drain without compromising audio or video quality. A powerful 12x optical zoom isn’t bad for a point and shoot, and this is a pleasingly compact little camera. It has built in GPS, so if used in outdoor or travel settings you won’t get lost, and offers a decent mid-range 12.1 MP. Manual exposure gives you much more control over your video too. The menu is well organised, and a separate movie recording button makes a vloggers life simpler. 25mm ultra-wide angle lens offers you versatile shooting, while the zoom can be used even while shooting video. Intelligent zoom adds an additional 1.3x without dropping picture quality. It has a stereo microphone with Dolby digital, which contributes to good audio despite the camera’s compact size.
The GPS allows you to display place name on the screen real-time as well as recording and covers 173 regions, allowing for full geotagging. It connects to a TV via HDMI
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3
At 10.1 megapixels it may not be the highest resolution camera on the list, but the 12x optical zoom is pretty impressive, as is its HD video recording. It was actually the first digital camera to offer HD recording for videos in ‘AVCHD lite’. This allows longer recording without compromising on audio or video quality. The dedicated video recording button makes its use simple for a vlogger, too. The body is smaller again then previous entries in the line, making it light weight and comfortable to use although not perfect for the vlogger with larger hands.
If you’re planning on using it for any kind of ‘vlogging in a crowd’ style videoing, the Intelligent Auto Focus feature, which allows you to record a specific face to give it focus priority and keep it central in the frame, will be of a great deal of interest to you. Optical image stabilisation also helps avoid shaking ruining your video, and provides tripod-quality shots even when hand-held. Overall, this is a nice light camera with a host of great video options, and you’re sure to love it.
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70
This is a bridge-style point and shoot that brings you 16.1 MP and full HD recording. Low light features are great too, and it handles dusk/dawn conditions well. The native ISO is 100-3200, and can be doubled with digital enhancement. It has a built in Lumix DC Vario 60x Optical Zoom and incredibly swift processor speeds to ensure everything is handled swiftly. Focal length is 20-1200mm [35mm equivalent] to cover almost any shooting situation you will encounter without the need for lens investment. Active Mode on the Image Stabilisation is particularly notable, as it allows for steady imagery even when moving fast and keeps your footage looking good even when it features action.
While it isn’t the most compact of the cameras we’ve reviewed, it’s decent enough to be held and not too heavy. It wouldn’t be great for the smallest of hands, though. As bridge cameras go, it offers a very good balance between cost and features, and it’s certainly worth considering it if you’re interested in photography alongside your videography. It would be an amazing entry-level camera for a travel vlogger.
The Panasonic Lumix cameras provide robust and durable quality that’s worth investing in. From point and shoot through to bridge cameras and beyond, Lumix is a great choice. Any of these cameras will prove a boon to you as a vlogger.