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Nikon 1 or ....... ?


lobsterboy e2
11 14.2k 13 United Kingdom
9 May 2012 8:12PM
So, I rather fancy getting myself a Nikon J1 as having had a brief go of one I really liked it.

But it's got me wondering, should I get a micro 4/3rds camera instead? Would that give me access to more lenses?
If I should look at the 4/3rds jobbies - any recommendations for around 400 - 450 ?

All advice gratefully received as I am a bit lost with these camera thingies!

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User_Removed 4 299 4 France
9 May 2012 8:31PM
Read a few test reports and handled both models...they strike me more as a gadget that takes pictures and im certain most of the new breed interchangeable lens compacts and 4/3rds cameras will out perform them in image quality.
Coleslaw e2
9 13.4k 28 Wales
9 May 2012 8:50PM
The same dilemma I had, Chris.
Nikon 1 series AF seems pretty good, and maybe good for you and Charlie. But it has its shortfalls too.
Steve Huff did some comparisons on his website. And he liked Nikon 1 as far as I remember.
Lens choice wise, might not be as wide as M43.
Nick_w e2
7 4.1k 99 England
9 May 2012 8:54PM
Thought you won a micro 4/3 Cole Wink or can't you resist the move to Nikon? ( only joking)

Tho as for lens choice, I believe with (an expensive) adapter any Nikon lens can be used. Although the 2x factor makes it been limited at the wide angle end
lobsterboy e2
11 14.2k 13 United Kingdom
9 May 2012 10:07PM
As a Canonista using Nikon lenses isn't an advantage for me - I'm really looking for something to replace my Canon G9. Something with good high ISO performance would be an advantage I think.
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
9 May 2012 10:57PM

Quote:Although the 2x factor makes it been limited at the wide angle end


The Nikon system has a 2.7 crop factor, M4/3 has a crop factor or 2.


Quote:I'm really looking for something to replace my Canon G9. Something with good high ISO performance would be an advantage I think


So what are you looking for, something with a fixed lens or something from the CSC range.


Quote:any recommendations for around 400 - 450 ?


I`d be looking at the Pens, the Panasonic`s and Sony Nex.
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
9 May 2012 11:01PM
Here's
an example from this side of the pond Chris. It may be a little high, but the PL2 has a much better LCD monitor and other features than the earlier Pens, plus you get 28mm to 300mm, and the lenses are pretty good. Take a look at their other deals also.

Cheers,
Denny
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
9 May 2012 11:22PM
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
9 May 2012 11:31PM
Or this for a few dollars more.
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
9 May 2012 11:33PM
Good prices Paul.
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
9 May 2012 11:37PM
I prefer Amazon or Amazon Market Place to Ebay Smile

That EMP1 looks a good deal.
Metalhead 7 1.9k 2 England
9 May 2012 11:50PM
Some of the Panasonics have got cashback offers at the moment. They haven't any left now but a few weeks back SRS Microsystems were selling the GF3 with the 14mm prime lens for 249! Minus cashback, that was a great deal for 199 when that lens sells alone for not much less! Kicking myself for not buying it now as an introduction to m4/3 cameras! But maybe other deals are still around. The GX1 can be bought for 459 with the standard 14-42mm lens (not the tiny power zoom).
ChrisV 8 886 26 United Kingdom
9 May 2012 11:53PM
I was contemplating buying a GX1 as a portable alternative/backup to my Canon kit. In the end I went for a G3 - same sensor, similar interface, but with an EVF and a flip-out LCD.

It may not match my 5DII (or even 550D) in terms of absolute image quality and low light performance, but it's not at all bad and particularly with the 20mm pancake attached it's a very small, light package with a very acceptable level of compromise.

I'm happy - I think I'd be frustrated with the lack of control with the Nikon 1s and the system has come in for a lot of stick for defaulting to slow shutter speeds, which hobble the advantage of its fast shooting speed and make it pretty useless for the 'hockey mom' market it's supposedly pitched at. I think it's a shame - I wanted to like the Nikons...
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
10 May 2012 12:01AM
There`s a 75 cash back deal on Olympus purchases when buying a body/lens combination.

https://olympuspen-lensesandaccessories.sales-promotions.com/customer-apply-for-promotion/?country_promotion=2&lng=en

Makes That EMP1 deal even more atracive Smile
lobsterboy e2
11 14.2k 13 United Kingdom
10 May 2012 9:52AM
Thanks everyone - lots of useful info to look at there.
Like the look of the Olympus Pens Wink

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