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This post was sponsored by Nuffnang

Being a food blogger generally means lugging your camera everywhere you go, in case you eat something worth blogging about. The amount of times I've been out and forgot my camera is just disgraceful.
Having a DSLR camera with different lenses and tripod, all fit into a bag, PLUS carrying a hand bag can lead to feeling very bulky, and sometimes I find I just can't be bothered bringing my camera along. Although I always try to bring it again when food is involved! But other times, I just need a camera to shove in my handbag and not have to lug my trusty DSLR along.

For the last week, I've been lucky enough to give the new Panasonic Lumix TZ10 a spin, and it's been with me everywhere I go. It's a great travel camera, and it has a built-in GPS for easy organization of the photos. Especially if you have iPhoto like me, and you can see the locations you visited on the map. It would be great to take on holidays and pin point all the places on the map in relation to each photo. That way you'd never be like.. "uh... where were we in this photo?".

It has double hand-shake correction allowing you to take beautiful night shots at slow shutter speeds without blurring. I haven't tried taking night shots with it, but I will be in the up and coming weeks, but I noticed I was shaking a bit when taking some photos, and the shot still came out crystal clear. (Took a night shot just before posting, check it out below):

Another great thing about this compact little camera is what Panasonic like to call "Intelligent Auto" or "iA". It's great for when you don't know what setting to have the camera on, or you don't have time to fiddle faddle around. You just put it on the iA mode, aim and shoot. The camera will automatically detect and correct. It will automatically adjust the brightness of dark areas in an image, the face detection helps you to achieve clear portraits, and the intelligent scene selection selects the best settings for that particular scene.

This compact little camera records movies in HD with no loss of image quality. We were playing around making a video and plugged the SD card straight into the said of Hamsely's Panasonic Viera TV and within seconds we were viewing the video and pictures. It was all too easy.
Recording is SO easy too. With my last compact camera, when I was at a live concert, I'd have to spin the little dial and try to find video in the dark; with this camera, there is a button that just says 'record'. So to start and stop, all you have to do is press the record button. MUCH easier, and less fumbling around.

A quick video of mum mixing.. if you hate hearing metal scrape against metal, 
turn off your sound.
The quality of the video has been compressed for web, and thus loses resolution. We watched it on a 46 inch screen and it was crystal clear.

Some facts and figures for the camera nerds that are reading this: 12.1 Megapixels for great quality pictures, and a 25mm wide-angle 12x optical zoom f/3.3-4.9 LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens…allowing it to have twice the shooting area of the standard 35mm lens.
We found it really easy to switch from normal to wide screen, for those nice panoramic shots.
In fact, the menu of the camera is very easy to navigate, I never had a moment were I had to dig out the manual and figure out what to do. Playback on the large screen makes it easy to see if you didn't quite get the photograph you were after.

My friend Miss A's cute dog, Dexter.

I don't carry around a big handbag, it's really quite small compared to most women's handbags. But I can tell you, my new camera will be living in my handbag, so I don't miss another foodie moment.

The Panasonic Lumix TZ10 retails at $650.00 AUD.
More information about the camera can be found at http://lumix.panasonic.com.au/products/Lumix/Camera/DMC-tz10

Want a chance to win your very own Panasonic Lumix TZ10??
Just leave a comment answering the following question:
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Where in the world would you take the Panasonic Lumix TZ10 and what photo would you take?

Terms and Conditions of Entry for the Panasonic Lumix TZ10 Giveaway

1. Information on how to enter and prize details form part of these conditions. Entry into this Promotion is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions of entry.
2. The Promoter is Nuffnang Australia Pty Ltd ACN 133 905 647 of 28 St Edmonds Road, Prahran VIC 3181 ("Promoter").
3. The Promotion will be open from 12:01 am Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (“AEDST”) on 3 August 2010 and will continue until 11:59 pm AEDST on 3 September 2010 ("Promotion Period").
4. Entry is open to all Australian residents, aged 14 years and over, other than management, employees or contractors of the Promoter and other agencies, firms or companies associated with the Promotion (including suppliers of prize), and their immediate families ("Eligible Entrants").
5. In order to enter the competition:
*Participants need to leave a comment on the Panasonic competition post published in one of the nine participating blogs (The comment must include their preferred contact method in case they win [blog URL, Twitter or E-mail Address]:
a) chocolatesuze.com
b) herecomesthefood.com.au
c) ironchefshellie.blogspot.com
d) jeroxie.com/addiction
e) ladymelbourne.com.au
f) melhotornot.com
g) myfoodtrail.blogspot.com
h) sarah-cooks.blogspot.com
i) violetlebeaux.com
6. The winner will be the entry the judges most creative and practical by the judges.
7. The judges' decision (including any decisions as to prize distribution) is final and the Promoter will not enter into correspondence regarding the result.
8. The winner will be notified via their preferred contact method, and will be asked to provide their email and contact phone number at that time. If they do not respond to the notification within 48 hours, Nuffnang reserves the right to select another winner.
9. To claim the prize, the winner must reply to the winner notification and accept the prize within 48 hours of the blog notification, as well as indicate their preferred address for the camera to be sent. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, they will forfeit the prize, and another winner will be selected using the same judging process.
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This post was made possible thanks to the Panasonic Lumix TZ10 and Nuffnang.

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I would take the camera to the UK and take a photo of my 8 month old daughter with her cousin who is 10 days younger (they haven't met yet). It's not exactly the most creative photo, but it's a moment I would definitely want to capture!

The camera would accompany me to Old Montreal, Canada, during the winter time. I would take it to my favourite restaurant, Gibby's, where it would capture my smile as I am cutting into the most delectable melt in your mouth beef wellington in the world!

I would take the camera back home to the Philippines when I take my children for the first time. I would take photos of them with all my countless relatives, that way I can capture the moments forever

I would take the camera to upcoming holiday in December to Indonesia, Singapore & Hongkong. I will take it everywhere I go because I hate to bring by bulky DSLR around & my wife will love it then she can go shopping and actually get me to carry stuff (instead of my bulky DSLR camera & bag)

I would take the new LUMIX TZ10 to my best friend's wedding! The high quality of the camera images would ensure that I (acting as the unofficial photographer) would be able to capture each perfect moment and memory throughout the day! Due to it's compact size I could carry it discretly and without feeling weighed down! And when still images wouldn't do the trick, I could switch to recording HD movies of the beautiful bride walking down the aisle!

Please pick me! :) My old camera just died and I would really put the LUMIX TZ10 to good use! xox

Doggie is too cute! have fun with your new camera ;)

I would like to take the new LUMIX TZ10 on a world tour, across oceans, continents, through different cultures, and most importantly accompany me through the CUISINE of the world!!! Obviously I'd take nice photos of everything and post it on fb.

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I would take the LUMIX TZ10 with me to the Arctic Circle at the end of this year and take photos of the Northern Lights!

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I would take it with me on my daily food hunts here in Australia, and with every photo of the delectable food that is thrown down my gullet, it will be accompanied with a photograph of my weight measurement on the unforgiving weighing scales...So at the end of the year I can look at the ballooned out figure in the mirror, flip through the photographs of all the food that gifted me with delightful gastronomic experiences, and deem it all worthwhile. No more excuses or bewilderment as to how I gained so much weight! The camera will serve as my witness to my greed.

To Lord Howe Island when I go there and see the magical place for myself for the first time. Definitely taking a photo from the top of Mt Gower!

I will take my TZ10 to my family holiday in Europe next year. To capture all the happy moments with our family and friends in Holland, glorious French food in Paris, happy time in the Tuscany and the blue and white houses on the cliff top of Santorini.

I would take the camera to Harry Potter World with my Harry Potter-obsessed friend so that I could take a photo of the glint in her eye when she takes her first sip of Butterbeek. And then I'd make the photo into a t-shirt and give it to her as a sign of her beloved-by-me geekiness :)

I would take this camera with me to my wedding. I'm really keen to get some shots of the day from 'the brides point of view' (i doubt i'll get one walking down the aisle, but you get my drift!)and this looks like a great camera to do it with. Not too bulky, easy to use but with all the bells and whistles I could want!

the camera is actually quite stylish, even though it has some impressive capabilities. I feel your pain regarding lugging the DSLR around. I have the exact same problem been meaning to buy a useful point and shoot.

Where would I take it? hmmm, Daz has never been to the snow, so I'd take him to the snow and take a picture of him getting hit in the face with a massive snow ball. Not gonna say if I'm responsible for throwing it. :P

I would love to take the camera to El Buli before it closes so I could share all the wonders is amazing clarity.

Now I would just need to get a booking, a plane ticket, accommodation, a new outfit ... at least with this camera I would be part of the way there! :)

Some nice pictures there Shellie! I love the doggy pics! :D

I would take the (very spunky Lumix) camera to the Acropolis and photograph the ancient graffiti I saw there years ago. I'm not kidding. (I didn't have a camera the last time I was there). I saw all manner of graffiti, mostly chiseled. I imagined some kids chiseling away... "quick, we've only got four hours... chisel faster". I saw some maltese crosses and apparently Lord Byron had graffiti'd some kind of "I was 'ere". These are the kinds of details no one talks about when discussing a great wonder of the ancient world but I love the evidence of real human life from days gone by...

This camera looks fantastic shelley! I would take it with me in my handbag everywhere i go, to help me with my food blogging. My camera is so old and freezes all the time when I'm out, I have not got around to buying a new one yet.

To Harvard University in Boston where I'll be starting undergrad in the fall! I'm at the airport right now! I'd love to document the next 4 years of my life


Take the camera from you and take a photo of me.

The camera would be part of what I bring for adventure daily. My TZ10 goes to the ends of the earth with me. It will be the friend that writes, tells & publishes my story. It will chronicle the tales of the places I go and the people I meet, regardless whether on my voyages, in the city I walk about in or in the secluded roads that I blaze my trail.

I will take my Lumix TZ10 to the beach.
I’ve always wanted to take a fun and playful picture like this: http://weheartit.com/entry/3436505

short and sweet- a picture's worth a thousand words they say! how appropriate! :)

I would take my camera to Hong Kong at the end of the year cause we're going for a family holiday and there is no better time to snap those shots! (:

I would ask my husband to take the snazzy point-and-shoot to my daughter's next karate tournament with strict instrustions to capture non-contact action shots whilst I hide at home cozy in the denial that my one and only daughter is risking injury to herself and others.

I would take the TZ10 with me for a stroll around my neighbourhood, enjoying spring, waiting for summer for a chance to take it to the beach and for some fun memories

I would take the Lumix TZ10 with me everywhere. Then I wouldn't miss any opportunities to share my experiences with family and friends.

The TZ10 and I would become inseparable partners, capturing the daily reminders of how wonderful life can be.

I never leave the house without a camera, and the T10 would be a constant companion, ready to save a moment forever.

I'd take the camera everywhere. I live in Canberra, so that would be the main location ... lots of memories to capture and share.

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