For a while now I've been considering a new camera. I had chats on Twitter about people's recommendations and was toying with a Canon 700D for a while, but one of the main issues that I had with my previous camera was that it was too big and bulky for me to take out to places most of the time - which is not ideal when it comes to a camera to be honest.
So imagine a camera that is small enough to sit in the palm of your hand, but also isn't just your average point and shoot. The Panasonic LumixGM1* is smaller than my passport but it has a whole host of different settings and you can change the lens. It also takes amazing pictures - the photo above with the blurred background (so technical I know) would have taken me a fair while to achieve with my old camera, but with the LumixGM1 it was a matter of moments. I've also had trouble with manual focus before, but its so easy to use on this camera, it took me about ten minutes to work out as opposed to spending an hour or two trawling through online tutorials.
In case you hadn't guessed by now, I'm no photography whizz-kid. I know how I want my photos to look, but I find it hard to achieve. I really genuinely believe that my photos will turn out about ten times better with this camera - I've just found it so easy to work with and there are so many brilliantly helpful features - like the touchscreen so you can choose where to focus or the pinpoint focus feature that zooms in on the area you have in focus so you can make sure its in exactly the right place. I'm not saying that you won't have to have a play around with it to properly get to grips with it - of course you will - but I doubt you'd end up tempted to throw it across the room in frustration.
Another feature that comes particularly in handy for a blogger is the fact that there are a whole host of different photo 'effects' to choose from like monochrome, retro and soft focus. Its all very Instagram and I love playing around with them. There's also the fact that the camera looks stylish - not only is it pleasingly tiny but it also has a rather snazzy faux leather effect on the casing.
Of course there's a few little flaws - the battery life isn't brilliant, it is rather pricy and I have had a few moments where I've cursed the touch screen because I've accidentally brushed against it as I reached for one of the buttons, but in general this camera is genuinely fantastic and well worth owning. Just have a search for some other reviews if you don't believe me, I haven't found a bad one yet!