What Camera I Use To Take UltraLinx Featured Pictures


What Camera I Use To Take UltraLinx Featured Pictures

A question I constantly get asked is what camera I use to take pictures for my reviews and featured post header images. So here it is.

I use the Panasonic GF2. It's actually quite an old camera now but the picture quality is still fantastic. That's the great thing about Micro Four Thirds and DSLR's, you don't really need to upgrade every year or two unless you're a professional photographer.

I myself am not a professional photographer, I'm just your ordinary Joe who loves snapping pictures. I'm also no camera expert, I know basic stuff, but am pale in comparison to others out there. I just have a good eye for great pictures, it's why I have a photography section on UltraLinx, I love sharing pictures which I enjoy, and hopefully others will too.

The reason I chose the GF2 is because it's very small. I can just about fit it into my jacket pocket and it looks discreet, especially the black version. It won't give you the quality of a full framed DSLR, but it's more than good enough for most. It also has very good image quality for such a small camera and this is because of the sensor. In the comparison below, the RED box is the size of the sensor on the GF2. You can see it is tiny compared to the big DSLR's. The RED box is the size of the sensor in all Micro Four Thirds cameras.

Sensor Sizes Comparison

It has a 12MP CMOS sensor, a 3-inch touchscreen (viewing pictures is great, but touch sensitivity isn't amazing), full HD 1080p recording stereo mics, ISO of up to 6400 (I set the limit to 1600 though) and a very cool pop-up flash that can be directed upwards to diffuse light off the ceiling.

I have two lenses with mine, the 20mm f/1.7 lens and the 14mm f/2.5 (both in the image above). They're both pancake lenses and are tiny compared to most lenses, the 14mm is especially very small.

I use the 20mm most because I love how shallow the depth of field is, also it is super sharp in the center of the picture, can go soft around the edges.

The 14mm is a wide angle lens and is great for fitting lots in the picture. It's not as sharp as the 20mm but it does keep the whole picture sharp edge to edge.

To make my images "pop" a little more I do very little editing in Photoshop which takes up to 5 minutes. I simply up the exposure or brightness a little, up the vibrancy and saturation, then add a little more vignetting - as simple as that.

I hope that answers most peoples questions, but if you still have any more questions leave them in the comments below - I'll be happy to answer them.