Gear Review: Lumix Camera, Lenses and Video Camera (used on my 4-day solo canoe trip)

I had an incredible opportunity to test out some of Panasonic’s Lumix camera gear for my first-ever 4-day solo canoe trip in May. I’m excited to finally have the opportunity to share with you the gear I used and hopefully when you’re ready for a new camera, you might consider a Lumix. I’m honestly considering it myself as soon as I’m done my photography program and can afford such quality gear!

DMc-g85m field shooting camera for active photographers
DMC-G85M Camera Body © Panasonic
  • 4K photo feature
  • Sealed body & rugged design
  • 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor
  • Mirrorless

Shooting with a mirrorless camera in the outdoors not only cuts down on the weight of your gear, but also its bulkiness. This camera body weighs only 1.11lb, so it’s a no brainer to consider it for your outdoor adventures, especially with the sealed body feature. I had a hard time sending it back to Panasonic after I tested it out! The quality of photos and it’s manual capabilities are amazing. ISO can go up to 25,600 and 6400 when shooting in video. The shot below was taken using ISO 800 after the sun went down and there’s like zero noise. I also found the menu layout really easy to figure out and navigate.

ISO 800 | 1/100 | f/7.1

Even the video shots I recorded have exceptional sharp quality. Here’s an example:

H-hs35100 lumix g x vario telephoto lens
Lumix G X Vario Telephoto Lens © Panasonic
  • 35-100mm (35 mm equivalent: 70-200mm)
  • F2.8 ASPH
  • Power O.I.S (suppresses slow movement 2x more effectively)
  • Micro Four Thirds Standard

Named the world’s smallest & lightest f2.8 zoom lens, so it’s perfect for wildlife, nature or everything while you’re adventuring outside. It’s a good multi-use lens and has the sharpness and quality to go along with it. Here are some shots I took with it:

ISO 400 | 1/40 | f/9.0
ISO 400 | 1/160 | f/5.6
ISO 400 | 1/160 | f/3.5
h-f008 lumix g fisheye lens
Lumix G Fisheye Lens 8mm © Panasonic
  • 8mm (35mm equivalent: 16mm)
  • F3.5 ASPH
  • Micro Four Thirds Standard

For such a small compact lens, the quality is excellent. I had a lot of fun shooting with this lens and it actually turned out to be my preferred lens to use. Here are a few shots I took with it so you can see the excellent clarity and sharpness.

ISO 400 | 1/1600 | f/3.5
ISO 400 | 1/250 | f/16
ISO 800 | 1/160 | f/7.1
Hc-wxf991 4K Camcorder
HC-WXF991 4K Ultra HD Camcorder © Panasonic
  • 4K video/4K photo
  • HDR movie
  • Cinema-like effect
  • Twin & wireless multi cameras

Weighing in at 0.888lbs, it’s a great camcorder to bring along outdoor adventures if you choose to leave the camera home. I alternated with this camcorder and the DMC-G85M when filming for my 4-day solo canoe trip in Algonquin Park. It’s small enough to put in your coat pocket if you want to have it handy. I used it handheld and also on a tripod.

I want to give an incredible amount of thanks to Panasonic for giving me the opportunity to try out this gear. I took some great shots, loved using a mirrorless camera and dream about owning my own Lumix one day. For me, I mostly shoot outside, so having compact, quality, camera gear is definitely the way to go.

Next time you’re at the camera shop, pick up a Lumix and try it out. I know you’ll be pleased.

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One comment

  1. good job. Panasonic will undoubtedly be impressed with this review….

    On Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 1:22 PM, Waboose Adventures wrote:

    > Waboose Adventures posted: “I had an incredible opportunity to test out > some of Panasonic’s Lumix camera gear for my first-ever 4-day solo canoe > trip in May. I’m excited to finally have the opportunity to share with you > the gear I used and hopefully when you’re ready for a new camer” >

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