For the past few years, I’ve had the admittedly “rich people’s problem” of having a DSLR.  It’s heavy, I hit small children in the head with it, and it markedly cut down on my Disneyland and other trips’ pleasures.  Not to mention the nose squishing caused by looking through a viewfinder.

So I was pleased when my pop gave me some birthday monies in February and I was able to skedaddle over to Costco, where I purchased the  Lumix on sale.  (This, of course, being before the Great Layoff Debacle.)

It takes great pics.  It’s got a 10X optical zoom (most small cameras have like a 3X or 4X zoom, or a digital zoom, which is grainy), 9.1 megapixels for great quality, and even a movie camera. Not too shabby, my dear.

Soft skin setting, morning light

Sleeping tiger cubs, no flash
Sleeping tiger cubs, no flash
Downtown from Pt. Loma, landscape setting
Downtown from Pt. Loma, landscape setting