Those who follow me on Instagram will know I fell heads over heels in love with Edinburgh. It was my first trip to Scotland’s gorgeous capital and a chance to not only explore but also to catch up with some friends I made while I was living in Auckland who now live just outside the city centre in Leith. Two birds, one stone!
I’ve been trialling the new Panasonic LUMIX GX80 recently, so I decided to take it along for the ride to capture some #UnmissableMoments in Edinburgh. SPOILER ALERT: by my second day exploring Edinburgh the LUMIX was getting more action than my regular DSLR, so I think that tells you everything you need to know about how much I loved it.
Let’s dig into why I think it’s a perfect camera to take on your travels, then I’ll show you some of the photos I took with it in Edinburgh.
When you’re spending a weekend exploring somewhere new, time is not on your side. I tend to spend two days rushing around and walking miles to try and experience everything in a 48 hour window. The Lumix unfortunately won’t help you with the walking (I racked up 32 kilometres on my weekend in Edinburgh!) but, because it’s got 4K technology you don’t have to waste time trying to get the perfect shot. Instead, you can film in 4K quality at 30 frames a second, then extract static images from the video.
Fellow short people will relate when I say that having a fold-out screen on your camera is an absolute godsend. When I’m not tall enough to take a photo at the angle I want, I pull out the screen, tilt it downwards so I can see what’s in the frame, and raise the camera above my head.
The fold-out screen on the LUMIX adjusts upwards and downwards, so you can also capture things low to the ground without actually having to get down to the same height as the camera.
This is probably the main thing I liked about the camera because it makes capturing images on the go so easy. The LUMIX GX80 integrates Dual I.S (image stabiliser) combining body and lens stabilisation to gain more powerful handshake correction. Which means clear, handheld shots on the go. Perfect for the weekend traveller!
When I first started travelling, I took all my photos on a compact camera that was small enough to fit in my pocket. Literally, it was tiny. I wasn’t a blogger back then, so I took photos for the memories, not for publishing on the internet!
Fast forward 7 years and I now travel with a Canon DSLR, which I love, but at times it can feel a little bulky.
The LUMIX GX80 bridges the gap between the two. It’s powerful enough to take high quality photographs and 4K video, but small enough to slip into your handbag when you’re not using it.
- Digital single lens mirrorless camera
- 70.6MM x 122mm x 43.9mm
#UnmissableMoments in Edinburgh
And now, onto the #UnmissableMoments I captured in Edinburgh with the LUMIX!
I woke up on my first morning in Edinburgh to find a thick fog had settled over the city but I can’t imagine the theatre in Princes Street gardens, below, looking better in bright sunshine to be honest. Clearly, this is a city that looks good rain or shine.
And on my second day in Edinburgh? Light rain, followed by the most amazing blue skies.
I know there’s nothing more cliche than a Brit talking about the weather, but when you’re out and about taking photos it can make a world of difference.
Even though I was only in the city for the weekend, I still managed to see a lot; Edinburgh Castle, Calton Hill, the National Museum of Scotland, the Scottish Parliament Building, Greyfriars Churchyard (which is apparently haunted), and Royal Mile of course. I even explored Stockbridge and Dean Village, which I’ll cover in another post.
One thing I didn’t do? Climb up to Arthur’s Seat. But I guess that just means I need to visit Edinburgh again.
Is the LUMIX GX80 something you could see yourself using on your travels?
This post is a collaboration with Panasonic. However, all views and images are my own.