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Family Focus: How to Capture Sharp Action Shots of Your Kids

Running our blog, we feel major pressure to take amazing, magazine-looking photos. The only problem? We’re not photographers. Ahh!

We’ve used a DSLR for the past few years and although we’ve taken classes, we still haven’t mastered it and are still super overwhelmed by them. When the opportunity came up to review the Panasonic LUMIX G7 camera, we were excited to test it out on behalf of the little guys like ourselves.

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Get crisp, clear action shots with the Panasonic LUMIX G7 camera.

Although we’re still not masters of photography, this is an amazing camera! In fact, we don’t even have to be masters to use it. It’s super easy to use. I was amazed at the picture quality!

By making simple adjustments to ISO, I scored crisp, clean pictures that didn’t need any editing. WHAT?! Game changer.

My favorite part? The video abilities. My kids are active. All four of them. I’m constantly using burst mode on my smart phone to try to capture the perfect tackle from my son’s football game or my daughter’s dive in the pool.

I was filming my son skateboarding with the Panasonic LUMIX G7 camera this weekend and was so excited for an amazing shot I got of him jumping his board over our street’s speed bump. He thought it was so cool and asked me to print it and frame it for his room. Below is the 4K Burst SS video still shots. If I’d had my phone, of course, I’d have captured this messy shot on burst mode.

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He was so glad I was able to get this shot!

But because 4K Ultra HD video captures 30 frames per second, I nailed this perfect action shot below of my boy jumping his skateboard. And, I CAN print and frame it because I’m able to extract it as an 8-megapixel still image.

You see, LUMIX has 4K PHOTO Mode, which means you’re able to take a 4K video and then pull sharp STILL photos out of that video to ensure you always get the perfect shot. No more missing the perfect action shot by a second! Once that moment is gone, it’s gone forever. That’s pretty amazing!

My sister is already on the borrow list to use it for her daughter’s next gymnastic meet. I guarantee she’ll be buying it once she has to give it back! My older daughter and son love to video each other too. Now I can snag the perfect action shot when they’re done taking their videos.

There are three ways to use 4K Photo Mode: 4K Pre-Burst when you know exactly when to shoot, 4K Burst when you know when to shoot but need to keep shooting for a certain period and 4K Burst (S/S) when you don’t know when the perfect moment will occur. I used the latter since I was just getting to know the camera and realized I could have also used 4K Burst as well.

Extracting 4K photos is literally an easy touch screen operation. I like this how-to video, which helped me learn quickly.

Another awesome feature I’m excited about is the camera’s ability to focus on a spot with the touch of a finger! Using my DSLR, I have to stop what I’m doing and adjust the settings in the camera. Now all I have to do is touch the spot on the camera screen where I want it to focus and it’ll do the work for me.

The Panasonic LUMIX G7 camera is a pretty nifty little camera. I also love that it’s not as heavy as my DSLR. I love this camera and its easy-to-use features for a non-pro like myself who needs sharp shots.

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Save up to $200 on a Panasonic LUMIX G7 camera when you buy today!

This is a sponsored post written by LollyJane.com on behalf of Panasonic LUMIX. All opinions are 100% her own.

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