|Lumix Dimensions: 3.74 x 2.1 x 0.89″|
The camera yields 10 megapixel images and has a pretty nice lens which is nearly as sharp as the one on my Canon Powershot and without the pincushion aberration of that one. A full set of control features is crammed into the tiny frame. The view screen is good sized, but something of a challenge to use in full sun. I also found that it is very difficult to keep the camera from jiggling off the target while the zoom is extended and the camera is being held at arm's length.
Since we are planning a brief road trip to Chaco Canyon soon I decided to take the camera for a walk along the West Mesa escarpment to see how it would handle petroglyphs and their environment.
The star figures are a common motif in the rock art of the Rio Grande north of Albuquerque. They are said to represent Venus. Some have bodies and are carrying bows and clubs.
This is a nice time of year to visit the Petroglyph National Monument. The temps are comfortable and there are still quite a few wildflowers like this Datura.
The petroglyphs are located at the leading edge of an ancient volcanic flow from some small volcanoes to the west of Albuquerque. This time of year, the sharp, ragged borders of the basalt boulders are softened by cushions of blooming rabbitbrush.