Photos are such a funny little thing, aren’t they? They don’t have limits like words do when it comes to telling a story and this is understandably why photography is still one of those things that people across the globe, regardless of what language they speak, can all agree on.

The first Lumix camera I had was very unplanned. It was a gift given to me back in spring of 2014 (can’t remember the exact month now) and it was just before starting Hand Luggage Only. To be perfectly honest, I’d never even used or considered a Lumix camera back then and in fact, it was the first time I’d ever even heard of ‘mirrorless cameras’. I love my gadgets so I wasted no time in getting to grips with it.

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Within a few quick photo sessions, I was hooked – the photos that came out of it were so effortlessly brilliant and I have to admit, I took as much credit for it as possible, all the while knowing it was this camera that was doing all the heavy lifting. The camera back then was the Lumix GX7 with the 20mm F1.7 lens and it was one of the best gifts I’d gotten in a long while. Till date, this camera is still very much in use!

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Fast forward to September 2016, and just before we went to Peru, I’d decided I’d had enough of a different video camera I’d been using and wanted to get one to capture all the sights properly. I went on Amazon and after about 4 days of searching (and watching A LOT of YouTube reviews), I finally decided on getting a camera upgrade (I’m usually very impulsive so 4 days of waiting to decide was torture 🙂 ).

At the last minute, I remembered how brilliant my older Lumix was and found out that there was an updated version – the Lumix GX8 which did 4K videos (amongst many other things) and decided to go with that. As soon as I watched back the first video recorded on the GX8, I knew I’d made the right decision. 4K video is brilliant! (Plus, you can get stills from the video which helps if you’re trying to capture really fast subject).

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Random aside: One of my favourite things about it is the time-lapse videos you can do on the GX8 – it’s such a fun little feature! Here are a couple of videos we did while we were in Peru (below). They’re posted on Instagram so the quality has been changed (which happens with all Instagram videos) but you can still get a sense of what the camera is capable of. 🙂

EXCITING NEWS

Shortly after we came back from Peru, we got an email from the Panasonic team, saying they loved our photos and asking if we would like to be Ambassadors for the Lumix camera! I was like…”Errr, is water wet? Of course YES!” and so we’re very pleased to announce that we’re ambassadors for the Panasonic Lumix cameras.

At the time, I don’t even think the team at Panasonic knew that I already had two Lumix cameras and I remember just thinking how much of a perfect match it was. To top things off, we were given a Lumix GX80 to test drive on our travels. Lumix cameras are fairly easy to use but given the fact that we already had a couple of these in the past, we got into the swings of things VERY easily with this camera!

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*It came in so handy for videos and photos when we were skiing (check out the video here) as it comes with a really good stabiliser and is light enough to ski with and not be distracted (or terrified of breaking).

It’s sooooooo easy to be excited and enthusiastic about a camera like this that I genuinely enjoy using and one which makes things so much easier for us! Like one time, in Iceland – Lloyd forgot to try to figure out the settings for taking Northern Lights photos on his old camera…and to top things off, his camera back then wasn’t charged and so when the Northern Lights came out in full force, he couldn’t take a single decent photo of the lights. Cue the Lumix GX7 and within a couple of minutes, he was able to set-up the Lumix camera and take even much better photos of the Northern Lights than the rest of us who came properly prepared.

Anyway, rather than carrying on rambling (and trust me, I could honestly carry on for ages), I wanted to show you exactly what the Lumix range of cameras are capable of. (*I honestly started off this post thinking I would be so structured in telling you all the stuff I wanted to and looking back now, its just turned into this one long ‘gushing session’ about the Lumix cameras…)

THE PHOTOS

Before I carry on, I would like to point out a few quick things:

1.) There was no special setting used to take these photos – it was pretty much just point-and-click (asides for the Northern Lights one which was done in manual using the settings from this post here).

2.) I’ve included the photos from all 3 cameras (clearly marked) so you can see how well they consistently perform across the board.

3.) Editing was done in Adobe Lightroom (my go to photo editing tool).

If you haven’t gleaned by this point – these cameras are the photography hack you’ve been looking for! They take effortlessly brilliant photos (especially the 20mm lens – boy is that a lens and a half) and you’ll probably see why I’m crazy about them in my idiot-proof photos below. 😀

PHOTOS TAKEN ON THE LUMIX GX7

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PHOTOS FROM THE LUMIX GX8

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PHOTOS TAKEN ON THE LUMIX GX80

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GET YOURS

*Edit: I didn’t have this section when I first put this post up but decided to include this retrospectively in case you wanted to get your hands on them (I have included links above take you to the camera specifications only) – to buy on Amazon you can use the links below:

LUMIX GX 7 – Amazon USA and Amazon UK

LUMIX GX8 – Amazon USA and Amazon UK

LUMIX GX80 – Amazon USA and Amazon UK



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  • Looks like a great camera guys. I bought a DSLR a couple of years ago which has been great, but it’s not the smallest/easiest having to change the lenses and settings etc. Will look into this!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ah, we know what you mean Victoria… especially if you’re trying to grab a shot of something moving… cue frantic rushing to change the lens!

      Let us know if you need any advice, we’re always happy to help 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • A good camera is one thing … It’s the vision through the lense that captured such beauty that counts! You TWO have brought travel photography to another unreachable level in the blogging world! Keep up your magnificent work. Wishing the best of 2017 and many more opportunities to your work! 🙂
    Bonnie Annee! 🙂


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    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ah, thanks so much for your really kind words… you’re making us blush! You’ve just made our day…Seriously, thank you 🙂

      The biggest and best of wishes for 2017 too!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Danielle from Boots not Roots

    Yes!! I’ve been telling people how much I love my LUMIX and nobody seems to get it. This is also the first camera I’ve gotten and I LOVE it. I only have the 7 but will be getting the 80 sometime in 2018. I love your photos and got all giddy when I found out you also use the LUMIX! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      They’re incredible aren’t they, Danielle. So glad you LOVE them too! They really are so easy and special.

      Let us know if you need any tips/advice re LUMIX too. Always happy to help.

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • What beautiful pictures! What a great blog! I am definitely following! I can’t wait to see what you will do in the future!

    Cat // https://fromgirlc.wordpress.com/

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ah, thanks so much, Cat 🙂

      Happy New Year!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • The pictures are great and congratulations on being Ambassador, that is huge!
    I still carry around my old Eos and I kind of want to change, kind of still waiting. So I will definitely take a closer look at the Lumix.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much! We’re so excited… can you tell!!! Haha!

      Let us know if you need any advice etc… always happy to help if we can 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Emily

    Congrats on becoming an ambassador! I hardly ever see bloggers mentioning the lumix cameras but I got one for Christmas and I love it already! It’s good to know that they’re your favourite kind of camera as your photos are amazing!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ah, thanks so much Emily! We’re so thrilled and totally excited!

      Ah… Santa brought some great gifts! Lol. It’s such a great camera… so happy you like it too! 🙂

      Big hugs,
      Lloyd & Yaya
      xx

  • Thanks for the review. Pics look amazing! I have to an old dslr and need something lighter and idiot proof for blog/travel pics. Gotta get saving! Congratulations on becoming an ambassador….you guys are perfect for this.

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    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much, Majean… we’re so excited too. They’re so easy to use. We even shot some of the photos mid-ski! Haha!

      Happy New Year!

      Lloyd & Yaya
      xx

  • This is so beautifully timed – I’m doing the ‘should I, shan’t I upgrade’ dance of indecision!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ah… we’ve known that dance very well! Especially when it can be so hard to figure out what’s right for you. As always, Emma, let us know if you need any tips/advice.

      Happy New Year!
      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • CONGRATULATIONS, AMBASSADORS! I’ve always loved the Panasonic Lumix series – in fact almost all of my early blog photos were taken on the GF6. It’s my favourite swivel-screen selfie camera and I’d use it more if it was in better shape, gah! The GF7 photos are amazing, now I’m seriously tempted to get the 20mm lens to replace my current wonky one. x

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    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhhh, thanks so much!

      They’re incredible aren’t they… totally know what you mean about the 20mm lens as well… we’re already itching to head back out and take more pics.

      Thanks so much lovely lady! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Hayley Rubery

    Eeeeeeek congrats guys – no-one deserves it more than you lovely two! So, so happy for you both! I’m really needing to invest in a new camera and this one looks/sounds amazing!

    Hayley xo
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    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhhhh, thanks so much for your lovely words, Hayley! You’d love the Lumix… def let us know if you need any more advice/tips – always happy to help 🙂

      Big hugs!
      Lloyd & Yaya xx

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  • Ashley Prince

    How durable are the Lumix cameras? I’m currently using a hand-me down waterproof Nikon Coolpix and I was somewhat disappointed with the quality of pictures from my Norway trip- often times it seemed like my iPhone took better ones- but I love how it can take a beating. I don’t have to worry about protecting it if it gets wet, if I bump it against a rock or accidentally drop it while hiking.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Hi Ashley – we’ve found the Lumix to be really durable, in fact, we’ve taken it skiing (and had a few falls with it).

      I think it’s definitely a good idea to test drive one and if it doesn’t suit, possibly return it (if applicable with the retailer).

      Lloyd & Yaya