This is a little sad. I am starting to wonder if I’m going to continue using the DSLR. I still like its color hues more, but I know I can adjust that in the Panasonic. In fact the Panasonic does bracketed exposure. And you can also adjust brilliance.

The first shot is with the Sony DSLR. I just couldn’t get it to focus any closer.


The second one is with the Panasonic. I learned how to adjust the depth of field. I had to do that after looking at the macros I took yesterday in which the only things in focus were the tips of the stamens. Wow, that’s powerful, but I didn’t want the stamens as the subject. (Although it is good to know it’s possible to get that tight of a macro.)

I did put that shot at the end so you can see. I think the f-stop was 3.3 on that one at the end.

Adjusting depth of field is very easy. I think this was about 4.5.


Here is yesterday’s shot at 3.3.


Here is a comparison of leaves: the DSLR first, followed by the Panasonic.



So, I’m having a crisis over whether or not I’m going to find myself ever using my DSLR any more. My husband says not to worry about it. It’s five years later and the technology has simply improved.


5 thoughts on “Agapanthus, Sony A300 versus Panasonic DMC-ZS40

  1. My, we are getting techy Nia. 🙂 Your husband is right, the technology has improved. Your DSLR is a 7 year old entry level camera so an up to date Panasonic is going to ace it every time. Great comparisons. I have the canon 600D and it’s classed as an entry level, but it’s only a couple of years old so it has more features. I bought an 1100D as a knock around camera and it has the basic features, yet it produces a good picture. I can see you sticking with the Panasonic in future.


  2. I have a 450D with twin lenses. My favourite lens is the 55-250mm lens but I want a larger zoom lens one day.
    I think photography comes down to what you prefer Nia. If you are happier using your Panasonic then by all means go with that one. You can’t take good photos with a camera that you don’t like using.


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