I’ve just come across the perfect gift for the avid photographer who wants something better than what the average smart phone can produce. The reason why your normal smartphone can’t take great photos is because of the lens. How can something so small take a really good picture? Enter the Panasonic DMC-CM1 Digital Camera/Phone!

Panasonic DMC-CM1 Digital Camera

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As you can see the Panasonic DMC-CM1 Digital Camera/phone is more than just your average smartphone, Not convinced? Check out the next image.

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Check it out. You can control the shutter speed, aperture and even the ISO, just like a camera. It looks like it even has manual focussing. Panasonic has this to say about the Panasonic DMC-CM1 Digital Camera

For aficionados who view taking a great photo as just the first step, you’ll be happy to know that the CM1 offers the kind of creative freedom usually reserved for advanced DSLR cameras. The CM1 camera phone can shoot in RAW files, so you can edit straight from the camera and it offers a manual control ring that gives your direct access to a range of key image composition functions.

The ability to shoot in RAW files means you no longer have to rely on your camera coming up with what it thinks is the best composition for your photo when producing its jpeg files. After reading some of the comments below the Panasonic DMC-CM1 Digital Camera RAW factor is probably it’s best feature. That and the fact that it will allow you to send your photos to some of your favourite social media sites!

I know I’ve been raving a bit about how good a camera it is and haven’t mentioned its smartphone capabilities. Here is what Panasonic has to say about that.

This isn’t a great camera with a shoddy phone shoe-horned in as an afterthought. The 4G compatible CM1 smartphone can hold its own against anything else on the market. It incorporates an Android™ platform and is pre-installed with Android 4.4 KitKat (the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system is also available immediately for download). The CM1 has been built with a very fast 2.3 GHz quad-core processor and a 4.7-inch full HD-display, so it won’t let you down on streaming, movie-watching and gaming capabilities. What’s more, the 16 GB internal memory can be expanded to up to 128 GB with an optional Micro SDXC card.

If you have someone in your life who loves to take photos but doesn’t want to carry a camera around with him everywhere then I reckon the Panasonic DMC-CM1 Digital Camera would make the perfect gift!

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-CM1 Camera Smartphone, 1" 20MP Sensor, Leica DC Lens, 4.7-Inch LCD (Black)

The LUMIX CM1 is an Android platform connected camera with smartphone features and apps. Its wireless features include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi NFC and cellular* enabling the ultimate in camera / phone mobility. First and foremost, it’s a powerful point-and-shoot camera with outstanding optical and sensor technology that will be sure to please the demands of any photographer. * Consult your mobile wireless carrier service plans and network compatibly prior to purchasing.


It goes without saying that Canon make superior products which is why they are so popular. It’s also the main reason I purchased my EOS 550D which I wrote about in that post. If you’ve been waiting for a good time to purchase your Canon camera online now is a great time to do so because Canon USA is offering some great deals for their prospective customers.

You can for example get up to $450 off on a select range of EOS Digital SLR cameras and lens kits! You have to admit that is a pretty substantial savings!

Canon EOS SLR Camera Follow Me on Pinterest Just as an example, you will save $250 on the EOS 70D EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Kit with EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM pictured below. Clicking on that image will take you to Canon’s site which will show you an overview, specifications and reviews on the camera.

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You can also save lots of money on their other products including Canon printers, Powershot digital cameras and camcorders. I’ve just purchased a Canon color  wireless Pixma printer and it’s great! Especially love the fact that I can connect any computer or device to it wirelessly!

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Camera To Fit On Helmets Or Windscreen

I thought I would do a post on a camera that isn’t your normal every day use camera. Nope this camera is designed for the action type of person. Who would use this camera?

  • People into motor sports! I’m not talking about people who sit on the sidelines either. If you’re into rally cars or racing them then stick this guy on your windscreen and it will film your days action for you.
  • Motorbike riding! Those who love taking their Ducati or other motorbikes on runs through the county. You can wrap the GoPro HD HERO2 to your helmet and watch the days outing in HD when you get home.
  • Surfing! Yep, this baby is waterproof to 60 metres so you can take it surfing with you.
  • Skydiving! Again, strap it to your helmet with every jump to show others what they’re missing out on.

I’m sure you get the idea. The GoPro HD HERO2 would make the perfect gift for Christmas or any other occasion. If you need a rugged camera that can handle almost everything this is the one for you. Just check out some of the customer reviews the camera has received. Read the rest of this entry

OK, the last post was all about Walking Around Your Subject To Get A Different View and I’ve also done one on How A Different Perspective Can Change The Photo. Let’s not forget the post on How Perspective Can Change A Photo or the one on Experiment By Taking Photos From Different Angles.  In each of those posts I told you something about what I thought made them unique and I’m hoping that each one of them taught my readers something new, something that would enable them to take better photos.

In this post, rather than teaching you something, I want to present you with a series of photos and I want you to tell me which one you think is the best and why you chose that particular photo.

Blumberg Hotel

Naturally I expect more than just a simple I like first photo best.

Beer Truck

That’s why I want you to tell me why you like a particular photo.


Keeping in mind that not writing enough content in your comment just for the sake of getting some link juice will only get your comment deleted 😉

Blumberg Hotel

So, there you have it, so check them out and leave a comment keeping in mind that others will be learning from what you have to say and perhaps we’ll all learn something from it.

Do you remember that post I did some time back on How A Different Perspective Can Change The Photo? Will I wanted to show you a few more photos of a particular subject matter, in this case the beautiful bird of paradise flower. This post is actually the third in the series discussing changing the way you approach your subject matter, the last two being buildings.

OK, so let’s look at the first image which has this lovely flower set up with the dark green background of the bush.

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Now let’s walk around the flower giving it a different background.

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Using a shallow depth of field blurs the background making the flower stand out that much more. You will notice that taking a photo from the other side of the flower also changes the hue and colors slightly giving it a completely different look. Which one do you prefer and why?

So, remember that it’s always a good idea to walk around your subject, not only to get a different angle or perspective but to see how a change in background and lighting affects it.

In my next post I will show you how getting up close to the same subject matter can give your photo a real artistic feel about it.

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