I started digital photography in August 2004 with a compact Sony DSC-T1 which I thought was marvellous until I realised its limitations for flower photography. In January I purchased the Panasonic DMC-FZ18 and have been pretty pleased with the results. I had never had control over so many aspects of photography such as aperture, exposure, shutter speed and so on so it was a steep learning curve. For me it is a very versatile camera and copes with videos of grandchildren and landscapes very adequately. I often use a gorilla pod when doing closeups of plants and everything fits in a very easily portable bag or in my rucksack.

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