First experiences with the Sony DSC-QX30

I borrowed a RX100 MIII from Sony several weeks ago. A fantastic compact camera, but since this club is all about smartphone cameras I didn't write anything about it. So Sony offered me another device to check out: the DSC-QX30 - a lens with an astonishing 30x optical zoom. In this post you'll read about my first experiences with the device and see a few of my first shots, showing its full zoom potential.

Panasonic survey strongly suggests a new Lumix smartcam is in the making (update)

After buying the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 I directly registered it of course, so now and again Panasonic will send me some information. Some time ago i filled out a survey for them, for which they offered an official lens cover and a 64GB micro-SD card as a token of their appreciation. But that was not the only present: the survey clearly suggests there is a new Lumix Smartcam is in the making. Below you'll find the most interesting questions from the survey.

Nokia 808 PureView and Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 - in full colour and black & white

I recently expressed my interest in "mobile black and white" photography. I know it has been possible on the 808 PureView, I learned it was even possible before (N9/Lumia 800), but for some reason in the almost three years I'm working with the device I never considered actually using the b/w option. That changed. This week I went to the beautiful old city of Utrecht and captured a few hundred shots with both the 808 PureView and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 - in full colour and black and white.

Full colour? Black and white? Which do you prefer?

Since we are mobile photographers amongst each other here, and smartphone photography has come quite close to professional standards, I have a question for you. Do you prefer shooting in full colour, or black and white? And if you do like a black and white result, do you work with your full colour shot, or shoot black and white right away?

Old and New Barcelona, with the Lumia 1520

During my few days in Barcelona, of course I didn't just shoot pictures at the Mobile World Congress. In this post you'll see a selection of the shots of the old and new Barcelona I captured with the Lumia 1520. Sure, I used other cameras as well, I just used the Lumia 1520 most, since I was - and still am - pretty impressed by what you can achieve with Rich Capture on Lumia Camera.

Gone fishing - with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1

Today is a cold and grey day in the Netherlands: too dull for photography, I thought. My smartcam friend Massis Sirapian advised me to shoot in b/w, and although I did try to get a few nice monochrome shots from my Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1, I still don't have much of an "eye" for that kind of photography. Nevertheless, I feel confident you'll find some interesting shots in this post, all captured with the Lumix DMC-CM1.