5kg Weight Limit…Are You Serious


You might have noticed that it’s been very quiet on Say It With A Camera, these past few weeks. There again you might not. I’m taking an early vacation, so I’ve been busily preparing everything for a journey to hotter climes. Of course I didn’t arrange this little trip, I left that to my travel planner, “her indoors”. Now as usual for a trip like this I was I was busy concentrating on my camera gear, deciding what to take or leave behind. Then my travel planner hit me with a bombshell, “You know you can only take a maximum of 5kg of carry-on baggage”, she says. My comment is censored.

A good few years back I lightened the load by switching to a mirrorless camera. But even in doing so, 5kg would be difficult to achieve when you include said camera, at least two lenses, battery pack, spare batteries, battery charger, memory cards, cleaning cloths, remote control, and a tripod. Oh! And don’t forget the back-pack to carry it all.

Still never one to look a “gift horse” in the mouth I took the opportunity to buy a small point and shoot, that weighs about 322 gm and has a zoom lens that far outreaches my longest mirrorless lens. However it’s not all win win. The downside is the censor is small, very, very small so I’m not going to get the same great picture quality that I would get from my Olympus E-M1 Mk2.

Battery charged, memory card in it’s off to the beach I go. Who needs to read the manual, a camera is a camera, is a camera.

Panasonic TZ90

But it’s not too bad, all things considered. So here’s a few photographs that I’ve taken at three of my favourite spots for testing cameras, Talacre Beach, the Cathedral at St Asaph and Rhyl Beach

Panasonic TZ90

Now bear in mind I’m going to be using this camera for “holiday snaps” but even so it has a pretty impressive set of features. It’s not just an automatic camera, there’s a 20 Mp Sensor, 30x Optical Zoom, Raw and JPEG capability,  5 axis stabilisation, PASM Modes, 4K Video to name a few. But with such a small sensor noise could be a factor, however as I’ve said before I’m not going to be printing anything, although I’ve read a user review that said they could print at A2 size without any problems.
No! This camera will be used for Facebook and Instagram, which by the way it appears that if I connect my camera to my phone I can post directly to both social media sites.

Panasonic TZ90

In the photograph below I’ve zoomed out the maximum length of the lens. Not too bad at all…

Panasonic TZ90

Could be sharper. I don’t know if that’s down to me or the camera, but the highlights aren’t blown out.

Panasonic TZ90

Lighthouse is in focus, foreground is slightly out. After a couple of days of using the camera I found out I could direct the focus away from multipoint to single, better still I could use the touch screen to select the focus point I wanted. Moral of the story RTFM.

Panasonic TZ90

Highlights are severely blown, but for a hand-held shot at night it’s in focus, that’s something. Apparently there’s a setting for night photography. I really should RTFM.

Panasonic TZ90

Back at the lighthouse. Winter has taken it’s toll on the paintwork. I’m getting more and more used to using the camera. Admittedly I have found out it doesn’t like dull days. there tends to be more noise. I can cancel it out in Lightroom without making the photograph too mushy, but all in all I’m pretty happy with performance.

Panasonic TZ90

The old castle at Rhudlan, must be high tide because the river lever is really high and we’re not much further than a mile from the sea

Panasonic TZ90

I turned off the annoying electronic shutter sound but maybe I might just turn it back on and mute it down so it’s just audible. Why? I left the camera in hi-speed drive and took this photograph. I had twenty-five more just like it because I couldn’t hear that the shutter was continuously firing.

Panasonic TZ90

This was really at the extreme end of the range of the lens, not only optical zoom but digital as well. Not recommended for small objects like birds, sitting on a swaying stalk about 50 metres away.

Panasonic TZ90

Back on Rhyl Beach, I really must master these focus points.

Panasonic TZ90

A church on the hill beside a river

Panasonic TZ90

Macro mode, I like this….

Panasonic TZ90

Did I mention the camera could also auto bracket, so if necessary I can capture a series of photographs inside in preparation for putting them through my favourite HDR software

Panasonic TZ90

So that’s it, I’ll be back in a few weeks. Now have I packed the sun tan lotion.

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20 thoughts on “5kg Weight Limit…Are You Serious

  1. It just amazes me the features that can be packed into a small camera. And it comes with a manual! Would you be able to divulge the camera brand? Have a great trip, and keep the sunscreen away from the camera. Speaking from experience. Cheers.

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    1. A nice little Panasonic Lumix TZ90, Alison. I did a bit of research before buying it then went to my local camera shop who have fantastic staff and are always willing to give advice. They recommended it as well

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  2. I had a similar problem in Kauai last year. The international flights were no problem, but the island hopper to connect us to our outbound flight was under 15lbs. I’d built a lovely carry-on for my 150-600, body, 24-70, macro, wide and one flash. It was overweight. Had to move a lens into another carry-on. Ugh. As for your Olympus, I have my small vacation cam – a Nikon P600. It’s not a fan of dull days either, but there’s an exposure compensation option. If I set it to +.75 or +1, it handles them pretty decently. It does have a tendency to blow highlights on a sunny day though. I print images in it for my photobooks, and they easily enlarge to 11×14 in size. Love the 60x optical zoom on it. (And the newer P900 is supposed to be even better. I have a friend who shoots beautiful bird images with hers.)

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  3. I’m using a lumix super zoom for quite a few years now. Most of the pictures on my blog are shot using it. I’m quite happy with the results. The one you clicked are good ones. The up side is that you don’t have to deal with huge file size, Mike.

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  4. About a year ago, with a similar problem, I opted for the TZ100, with the shorter zoom and bigger (1 inch) sensor. It’s a remarkable little camera, which has quickly become my g to camera, even delivering a few good prints.
    The modern compact is just so useful, as your shots show.

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  5. Great pictures, though I wouldn’t have expected anything less 😉

    I still make use of my Fujifilm HS20 on occasion as old as it is, though not as compact as the TZ90. Still capable of great pictures, but you need good light or a tripod. Mind you, different reasons. I haven’t had the restrictions of weight issue, it’s just that up until recently I didn’t have macro capability on another camera. I do now so the HS20 may disappear into retirement apart from potentially the other end of the spectrum when I need the telephoto range which is currently only up to 230mm.

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