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It’s New Camera Time!

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.

Panasonic GX-1

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!

Camera Porn!?

The title of this post “Camera Porn” isn’t what you may be thinking! What I mean by this is my looking at camera gear online. Even though I have very nice camera gear now (Canon 60D and Sony NEX3) I still find myself straying, looking at new and different gear.

Why would I do this? I’ve shared on this site and some of my others that I really do believe that real photography comes from the individual and isn’t about the gear. The camera is just a tool. Grante, some tools have advantages over others, but in the end it’s still up to you, the photographer to make a great photo. If you’d like another perspective on this, take a look at one of my favorite photo sites – Ken Rockwell.Com  If you click on this link it will take you to Ken’s “It’s Not About Your Camera” page.

Back to the Camera Porn. One of the reasons I like to look is to keep up with current events. Photography has changed so much since I began and it keeps changing. In days gone by, the only time I changed my 35mm camera was because I wore it out or it was broken beyond repair. In todays photography world there are sensor upgrades, image stabilization, high ISO performance improvements, etc… My point is that technology keeps changing and I do want to keep up with it, or at least know about it.

Want to see what I’ve been investigating? Here are a couple of camera’s that have caught my eye:

The Samsung NX210 is a 20.3MP Mirrorless Digital Camera.  It has a 18-55mm Lens, HD 1080p Video, 3D Panorama, i-Function 2.0, 8 Frames Per Second,  and 3″ AMOLED Display.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 is a 16.05MP Micro 4/3 Digital Camera with 3″ Free Angle LCD, 1920 x 1080 60i HD Video, Mega OIS, Touch Screen Control, and Dolby Stereo Sound w/Video.

Both of these camera’s have favorable professional reviews, and also very good user reviews. The reason I’m interested in them is the same as my reason for purchasing my Sony NEX3, portability and image quality.  There are times when it’s quite a chore to carry my Canon 40D or 60D and iassociated accessories on a hike in the Eastern Sierra. Add to that a tripod capable of handling this equipment and I have more weight than I care to contend with. Being able to scale everything down has definite advantages, mobility being on of those! I really like to go lite and move quickly, and lugging around full size DSLR’s doesn’t always work for that.

The nice thing is that you don’t have to take my word for it! Here are some places you can go if you’re interested in reviewing these camera’s for your self:

Samsung NX210 , Panasonic GH2 and here’s one of the 1st places I go for reviews and information – DP Review , and finally here’s the link to Ken Rockwell’s site.  All of these sites have great information on specific camera’s and a lot of other gear and accessories.  Take a few minutes and check it out, you’ll find some fantastic Camera Porn!

Until next time – Happy Shooting!