Since I have used the Cannon Vixia, a small automatically adjusting camcorder, and traditional DSLR cameras, I thought to try a different piece of equipment. I tried the Lumix, a camera that can automatically adjust but functions and looks more like a Nikon/Cannon typical DSLR. I regarded this camera as a sort of in-between of the two being that I would be using its automatic instead of manual setting. Firstly I learned that that the automatic setting doesn’t always make things easier. The shot when automatically set up often was over-exposed or focused not on the subject but on something more distant. Thus, I did have to do some minor manual adjustments. From there, however, it was useful to have the automatic setting to adjust to changes in the environment such as more or less natural lighting from surrounding windows. This enabled me to focus more on the interview rather than technical adjustments.
Once past the initial frustrations of technical adjustments in the beginning, the automatic setting proved to be an advantage for the most part. The other aspect that I still need to explore is the quality. I struggled a bit with the autofocus ability and this tutorial proved useful, although simplified. On the small display screen of the Lumix the quality looked good but when imported, it looked a bit grainy. Before I jump into the compelling, substantiate bulk of interviews for my project, I hope to maximize the quality of this camera so that it appears high quality when imported onto my computer.