So, Santa arrived early to the Ahnert Davis household. I guess I was a pretty good girl this year because Santa (Mom, Dad, Stephen, Soyoung, and Scott) gave me a new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 camera.
Admittedly I did a little research before I mailed off my letter to to the North Pole, and I found that the LX5 really fit the bill. It's compact - not much larger than my original point-and-shoot Canon Elph, but it's way more sophisticated. Because of it's size it's great for travel and shooting images on the spot for my blog, and it will fit nicely into a purse.
This baby is small, but it's still fully loaded. It doesn't have interchangeable lenses (which would tend to make it cumbersome) but it has a 24-90mm Leica lens which is the widest angle lens of cameras this size - perfect for shooting interiors. And you get the quality and refinement of a Leica lens without the price of a Leica brand camera. It also features auto focus or manual focus (you choose), 3.8x optical zoom, and the largest sensor of cameras its size (which, contrary to popular belief, is much more important to picture quality than megapixels). Of course it has the requisite flash, hot shoe, HD video etc etc. Check out more of it's features at DP Review.
And last but not least, it has the sort of vintage film SLR look of cameras of yesteryear. I just bought this schnazzy case to go along with it.