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Quote: 8/9 Feb? is that the Omd1? over budget though
Yes it will be Col, by a fair bit I should imagine.
This is what Steve Huff has to say, its not a lot but he has included a picture of the weather/dust proof zoom that will be the kit lens, apparently its already available.
Quote: If you're buying new then these Panasonic's are great: G3, GX1. GH2's kinda expensive, but has fastest continuous shooting at 5fps, vs 4ish.
Olympus cameras have the benefit of anti-shake built in
Something else as well Josh, I don`t believe the latest is necessarily the greatest with some of these Panasonic`s, I much prefer the G2 to the G3 for instance, the have stripped out to many controls from the G3 for my liking.
For £300 odd quid the G2 is quite a lot of camera, this will give you some idea of the layout, touch screen and so on.
You have probably noticed this already its all swings and roundabouts, what ever you get you will have to compromise and miss out somewhere, I wanted a built in viewfinder for lensbaby use, so I lost out on inbody IS and wireless flash control
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I found the 1 system a little limiting, even in just some simple ways I found I was trying to find ways to work around the camera. (You can't select scene modes for example, they're automatic).
Yes over budget
The G2 does look good, it has more external controls than the G1 and G3.
Thanks Josh. How do you compared GX1 and let's say EPM 1, other than the obvious IS?
I mean IQ, ISO, focusing speed, focus tracking etc?
For IQ and Noise (ISO) the GX1 has the edge, the sensor / output gives lower noise at ISO3200, and more detail in images. Focusing speed is very similar although depends what lens you would be getting with it. I didn't try focus tracking with the EPM1, but can try with the GX1 today. The GX1 also has 2 physical customisable function buttons, and 2 on screen function buttons as well.
If you could try and see how the focus tracking+ continuous works, how good or annoying it is, that would be brilliant! Cheers.
Also, the video quality and fun factor. Is it fun/pleasure to use? How responsive is the touchscreen?
Continuous is fine, focus tracking seemed O.K. with larger objects that didn't move out of frame too quickly. With smaller objects like ducks it occassionally failed to follow them.
Touchscreen is very good. Camera feels good, and the X 14-42 lens means it's very compact (I prefer carrying it around over my G1)
Fun factor - I think you'd probably need to try it - I guess it's the more serious of the two (Panasonic compared to Olympus).
Here's some video:
Got to admit Panasonic really got it right with the touch screens, makes changing focus points so quick.
Touch screens in general are becoming so much fun
Here's where AF Tracking worked (Continuous shooting with live view), Continuous AF,
Here's where AF Tracking didn't work (same settings as above), but different (smaller subject)
Thanks Josh, really appreciate it.
It has placed GX1 on top of my shortlist.
Thanks Josh, I will read it carefully...
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