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travels to Hokkaido, Japan and captures the cities of Otaru and Sapporo through the lens of Panasonic’s Lumix LX5 and FZ100

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WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY ROANA CAPAQUE

t was a six hour plane ride from Manila to the city of Sapporo in Hokkaido, known as the sanctuary of winter sports. Panasonic had chosen to launch some of its latest offerings in the cool island of northernmost Japan, providing a travel experience with a Lumix LX5 and FZ100 in hand. The lightweight DLSR cameras were the image collectors through the cities of Otaru and Sapporo. OTARU AND THE LX5 Otaru is a nature lover’s delight. It is surrounded by mountains, lush trees, and a clean sea. Bicycles travel easily on the wide and even roads. The two-wheeled mode of transport is the predominant means of conveyance from one place to the next. It is not a disagreeable way to travel given 50

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the average temperature in Otary is 7.6 °C, much like the rest of Hokkaido. Winters can drop below zero and summers are unlike the humid conditions in Tokyo and Osaka. The weather was breezy on the way to Otaru Canal. This first stop used to be a main part of the city’s main harbor. It NOVEMBER 2010

THE FORMER HOKKAIDO GOVERNMENT BUILDING IS ADORNED WITH A FLOWER GARDEN, ALTHOUGH IT WAS RAINING WHILE THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN, COLORS OF THE FLOWERS SEEM TRUE TO LIFE

THE PANASONIC FZ100

began to rain as the camera clicked away. Despite the gloomy weather and strong wind, photos taken by the LX5 were still sharp. The LX5’s 24 mm lens captured the historical canal on a wide angle frame. Pictures appeared bright because of a new image engine called the Venus Engine FHD, a technology which elevates picture quality in low light situations. Nearby was the Otaru Music Box Museum which carried souvenirs and gift items. The picturesque museum had numerous musical boxes, key chains and dolls for sale and invited for a quick snap, easily done given the LX5’s new thick grip. It provided easy handling of the camera with a jog dial allowing for quick setting change. There was little danger of running low on power regardless of the extensive use to record for posterity the place and display. The LX5’s 10.1 megapixel and extended battery life made it an ease to LIFESTYLEASIAMAG.C OM

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THE MUSIC BOX MUSEUM IS ALWAYS CROWDED WITH TOURISTS AND LOCALS

APART FROM MUSICAL BOXES, DOLLS ARE ALSO FOR SALE IN THE MUSEUM

IT WAS EASY TO TAKE PHOTOS OF THE BEAUTIFUL BUILDING FROM AFAR AS THE FZ100 HAS 27 MM OPTICAL ZOOM

DESPITE THE GLOOMY WEATHER, PHOTOS OF THE CANAL CAME OUT SHARP AND BRIGHT USING THE LX5

THE PANASONIC LX 5

record for the brief time in the city. Every photo had a story to tell. SAPPORO AND THE FZ100 Just like Otaru, it was raining in Sapporo. The guide led the way to the former Hokkaido Government Building. It was an American Neo-Baroque building open to the public. A flower garden and pond by the entrance gate had cameras out in a flash. Although skies were dark and rain poured, the three-inch screen of the FZ100 registered bright and true to life visuals. After lunch, it was a visit to Ishiya L IFE S TYL E ASIAMAG.CO M

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Chocolate Factory. Tudor style buildings, a garden with flowers and a clock tower were focal points in the compound. The tour guide explained that the owners of the factory had so much money, they had the buildings shipped from England to Japan. It was a story worth retelling back home with pictures and the 27 mm optical zoom range of the FZ100 proved to have an advantage. The distant buildings registered well owing to the camera’s motion deblur system. It prevents fuzzy photos from shaking of hands or moisture. NOVEMBER 2010

The factory where the famous Ishiya white chocolate biscuits were made, showed how the popular snack was manufactured from raw materials and packaged for retail. The sonic speed feature of the FZ100 allowed a high speed start up and a fast response to fleeting photo opportunities inside the chocolate place. While it was a quick two-day excursion, Hokkaido will always be remembered thanks to the lens of Panasonic’s Lumix cameras. Panasonic Lumix is available at authorized dealers nationwide

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