Japan is one of my favorite places for photography, so when I traveled there last month for the annual CP+ camera expo, I thought about what camera to take. Since I’m working on finishing up our reviews of the Panasonic Lumix S5II and S5IIX twins, I decided it would be a perfect opportunity to get some extra shooting time on the S5IIX. As a bonus, it allowed me to test Panasonic’s new 28-200 F4-7.1 Macro OIS, a lens so small it just begs to be used for travel.

If there’s one theme that’s consistent throughout this gallery, it’s umbrellas. This was one of the rainiest trips I’ve taken in years, and except for a couple of days, I was hard-pressed to take a picture of anything without an umbrella in the frame. Although it wasn’t specifically my mission, it was an excellent opportunity to test the S5IIX’s weather sealing. On several occasions, the camera was exposed to constant rain for several hours, dripping wet the entire time. I’m happy to report that it never missed a beat. Kudos to Panasonic for that.

This gallery includes street photography from Tokyo and Yokohama, as well as photos of snow monkeys at Jigokudani Monkey Park near Nagano.

View our Panasonic Lumix S5IIX sample gallery from Japan

Want to see more images from the camera? Check out our original Lumix S5IIX sample gallery.