Capturing #UnmissableMoments With The Panasonic LUMIX GX80

#unmissablemoments with Panasonic LUMIX

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.

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capturing unmissablemoments with panasonic lumix

4K Technology

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.

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Fold-out screen

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.

Image stabiliser

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!

 Find out more about the Panasonic LUMIX GX80 here

Panasonic Lumix GX80

Compact size

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.

Specifications

  • Digital single lens mirrorless camera
  • 16MP
  • 70.6MM x 122mm x 43.9mm

#UnmissableMoments in Edinburgh

And now, onto the #UnmissableMoments I captured in Edinburgh with the LUMIX!

Views over Edinburgh,

Circus Lane, Edinburgh

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National Museum of Scotland

Cockburn Street Edinburgh

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church edinburgh

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.

Theatre Princes Street Gardens Edinburgh

gate calton hill

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.

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Edinburgh Castle

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?

Beverley x


 

This post is a collaboration with Panasonic. However, all views and images are my own.

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Comments

  1. says

    This looks like such a great little camera! I’ve been testing out the Lumix G80 which is similar but slightly bigger. The design isn’t as nice but it’s such an amazing camera. I’m totally in love with it. I’ve been using the same camera for years (Canon 70d) and I’ve never found anything that compared to it but I think I have with the G80.
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    • says

      I feel the same! I love my regular camera (Canon 760d) and never really wanted to change it for anything but after testing out the Lumix I would genuinely consider swapping. I love how compact it is, even though the features are pretty similar to what you get with an SLR. It was never a hassle to carry around and, like you say, it’s a nice design as well :) x

    • says

      That’s why I loved about it – super portable, super easy to use! If you’re looking for something powerful but easy enough to slip into your bag, the lumix is great. So glad you like the photos! :)

  2. says

    I’m definitely going to upgrade my camera within a year or so. Right now I have a point and shoot because I’m terrified of travelling with anything more than $200, but the quality is so bad I don’t even want to take it out most days! I think I’ll go with a mirrorless camera (like the Lumix) over a DSLR since they’re a little more compact. Can’t wait to see the rest of your photos!
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    • says

      Honestly, being able to just tuck it back into my back when I wasn’t using it was so great. I love my Canon (I have the 760d) but sometimes it can feel like a right pain as it’s so big. If you’re worried about travelling with an expensive camera, I think pacsafe do anti-theft camera straps and bags :)

  3. says

    Are these all taken with the kit lens? I’ve been looking for a smaller camera for travelling with as my dslr is such a weight when you walk as much as we do on trips (we need to combat all the food somehow!) It’s between this or the canon G7X and I just can’t decide!

    • says

      They’re taken with the lens that’s on the camera – you twist it and it pops out (there’s a photo of what that looks like second or third photo down I think?) but I think you can also can other lenses for it :)

  4. says

    These photos are phenomenal! It really makes me want to get back to Edinburgh :) That camera seems so practical and easy to tote around.

    • says

      Thank you so much Megan, that means so much!!! I loved Edinburgh so much, I really want to go back too. Honestly, the Lumix is so great for just chucking (maybe not actually chucking?! Haha) in your bag. I’d definitely recommend it :)

  5. says

    Argh I’m so desperate for an upgrade and your photos are beautiful! I actually have a Lumix at the moment (a bridge camera, I haven’t gone fully fledged into DSLR territory yet) and I love it but I’m also getting frustrated with its limitations. This looks like such a great camera, I’m adding it to my wish list. :)

    (as an aside, I also didn’t get to do Arthur’s Seat when I was in Edinburgh recently – definitely a good reason to go back!!)
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    • says

      That’s what I loved about it! I don’t really mind lugging my Canon around, my I honestly think the Lumix is so good for city breaks when you just want to be able to stuff your camera in your bag easily and not be weighed down by it.

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