The Camera That’s Always With You

Because I work for Panasonic I frequently get the question “why should I shoot Micro Four-thirds?” The person usually shoots with a Canon or Nikon digital SLR with a larger sensor and they want to tell me about the better quality and higher ISO they can shoot their camera. My answer is simple “Micro Four-thirds allows you to always have a camera with you” as you can see in the photo below.

Portrait, Micro Four-thirdsFor 30 years I used Nikon film and digital SLR’s. They were all beautiful cameras and lenses but heavy when compared to MFT cameras. Five years ago I started shooting with smaller Micro Four-thirds cameras and my photography started to change. Now I almost always have a camera with me. The Nikon was only with me if I was going out to “shoot photos”.

Last week I was visiting Lydia and her mother, Shannon, when somebody came in with a dead owl they had found on the side of the road. I know this sounds macabre but if you’ve never seen an Owl this close it’s amazing.  I grabbed my Lumix GX7 and asked Lydia to hold the Owl in front of her and I snapped the photo.

Even if you can’t part with your SLR get a small, mirrorless camera so you don’t miss the shot.

Mark.BWMark Toal is a training representative for Panasonic in Portland, Oregon. His views on this blog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more Mark’s photos at or contact him at

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