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New camera for crag action shots

We are excited to have aquired a new compact zoom camera so we are now able able to capture better action shots during our sessions.

This little beauty comes with a Leica lens, so optical quality is top-notch, and it is small enough to pop in a back pocket so we can carry it almost anywhere. Resolution is good too with a 16mp sensor so we can even use the output for print materials, and the zoom is powerfull enough to get in close even from ground level. One of the intruiging things about most cameras these days is the ability to shoot high-quality video, so we are looking forwards to putting together video sequences for techique analysis, and also for producing a video showreel of our courses.

The camera had an eventful first outing on a trip to London( working on the Battersea Summer Scheme), where I came across a spectacular night-time art installation to mark the beginning of the commenoration of the centenary of World War 1. My colleague, who happens to be a professional photographer when he is not being an instructor, borrowed the camera to record his take on the light-show. Seconds later the camera plummets to the floor, resulting in a very sorry-for-itself looking zoom lens.

At that point it looked like he was going to have to buy me a replacement, but in the morning after a judicious amount of brute force the lens popped back in, apparently with no ill effecs. So it's a robust little thing after all!

Some of the shots from that trip and recent sessions are featured on slideshow on this page.

Technical details: Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3EB-K Compact Digital Camera - Black (16.1MP, 10x Optical Zoom with Leica DC Lens, 25mm Wide Angle Lens, HD Video Recording) 2.7 inch LCD

Written by Rob Kennard on 28th August, 2014.

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