Uh-Oh! I did it again! Another new camera is on the way. This time I’m adding the Panasonic GX-1, Micro Four Thirds (M 4/3) to the stable.
I know, I really didn’t need another camera. And I actually wasn’t in the market for one, well at least not actively in the market (I’m always looking at camera-porn). The problem is that this one kept popping up on various websites and in Twitter as the “Deal of the Day”. It seemed like the price kept dropping every day. I’ve seen this before, a camera company will work to clear out all of the old model prior to the introduction of the latest and greatest. This is usually the time to score, and that’s why I went for it!
This Panasonic will work well with my existing M 4/3 gear. I already have the wonderful Olympus E-P3, and an Olympus 14-42mm lens, along with a Panasonic 45-200mm lens. Olympus and Panasonic M 4/3 lenses are interchangeable, without the need for an adaptor. So, I’ll be able to use either one of my current lenses with this GX-1 body.
The GX-1 is considered one of the “Premium” cameras in Panasonic’s lineup. There are quite a few features that have really got me interested including:
- 16-mp sensor
- High speed signal processing with 3 CPU’s and Venus Engine
- 12800 High ISO capability
- Built in flash
- Touch control
- Lots of button customizing
I got the camera from one of my favorite camera stores – Adorama. When I saw the original “Deal of the Day”, it was $249. I picked mine up for $239, and when I just checked it was back up to $249. This is for the body only, it’s $399 if you want it with a lens.
Are there any negatives to this type of camera (interchangeable lens compact, M 4/3)? To be honest – yes! I wouldn’t want to be mis-leading, and as much as I love my Sony NEX3, and Olympus E-P3 they aren’t for everyone. The biggest problem I have with them is the fact that they are definitely not for anything that moves fast! That could be race cars, airplanes, or kids running up and down the soccer field. Are the exceptions, yes! But you have to work harder at setting the camera, and the conditions need to be just right. You can’t just put it on automatic and start shooting. If fast action is your thing, do yourself a favor, bite the bullet and buy a DSLR like the Canon T5i or the Nikon D5200.If you want something smaller and lighter, with great picture quality then go for a camera like the Panasonic GX-1 or the Olympus. Fuji also makes some wonderful cameras in this category as does Sony. While I’ll always have my big Canon gear, it will see much less use than my M 4/3 gear.
That’s it for now. I’ve already got my next post in mind. It will be my review of the Panasonic GX-1. Maybe I’ll compare it to my Olympus E-P3. It might even be fun to compare it to my Sony F-707. Until next time – Happy Shooting!