New Panasonic CSC Has Great Beginner Features
The GF5 replaces the existing Panasonic GF3 with a similar
design and some great new features. New improvements to the user interface make
the GD5 ideal for beginners. The different functions and users of each scene
mode are given, so you can select the best one for the shot. This works well
with the three-inch touch screen, making it easy for those used to shooting on
The GF5 replaces
the existing Panasonic GF3 with a similar design and some great new features
Other key features of the GF5 include an Intelligent Auto
mode, 20 scene modes and a speedy 0,09 second autofocus. It also boasts an
all-new high-sensitivity 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor with Multi-process
Noise Reduction, which helps to improve photo quality in low light.
The GF5 is designed to produce DSLR-level image quality as
well as full-HD video, utilising the existing selection of Lumix G lenses. The
price of this new Panasonic model is still uncomfirmed, but is set to be in the
region of $700 for the kit including the compact 14-42mm power-zoom lens
The top three reasons why we can’t wait to get our hands
on this camera
- The low-light capability should prove to be excellent,
with an ISO that goes all the way up to 12800.
- The 14 art filters will be great for creative shots,
including the eye dropper for selective colouring.
- With the world’s fastest AF speed, we’re very keen to try
capturing some action.
The SWPA shortlists amateurs in its open competition
Being shortlisted for a photography award as a beginner is
not out of your reach if you have a creative eye, as travel photography
enthusiast George Turnbull found out. He entered his image of a fisherman at
Inle Lake in Burma into the travel section of The Sony World Photography Awards
(SWPA) Open competition, and out of over 53,000 entries, George has been
shortlisted as one of the top ten.
Thailand, Open Shortlist, Low Light, Sony World Photography Awards 2012
The Sony World Photography Awards is an annual open photo
competition for all levels of ability. It draws in thousands of entries each
year from beginners and enthusiasts, entering photos into a variety of
This huge achievement has surprised George: ‘to be honest
with you, I never thought I’d be selected as a finalist. I’d be selected as a
finalist. I’m the only person from the UK who has been selected, and I’m a bit
gobsmacked to think I was chosen as one of the top ten.’
Czech Republic, Open Shortlist, Nature & Wildlife, Sony World Photography
To be further inspired by George’s story, see his exclusive
tips and view his images, head over to photoforbeginners.com, but for now,
George offers up this advice to budding travel photographers: ‘I think each
photo should communicate a message. Without an explanation it should be able to
say something or give some sort of hints as to what the scene may be about.
There are a number of pointers in my image that tell you what that place might
be all about.