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Panasonic G3 vs GX1

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joshwa
joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 3601 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
23 Jan 2012 - 3:30 PM

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Thought you might want to see these side by side

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joshwa
joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 3601 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
23 Jan 2012 - 3:46 PM

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The overhead view shows how much difference the X lens makes.

Carrera_c
Carrera_c  5255 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2012 - 3:50 PM

Still think I prefer the manual zoom lens, just easier to control. Thought the grip on the GX-1 felt smaller than the G3 but here they basically look the same size.

mikehit
mikehit  56344 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2012 - 3:55 PM

I'm being lazy, here but what differentiates the four Panasonic lines - G GF GH and GX? In other words, if I handle one of them what is it giving that the others don't, and why would I choose one over the other? I realise the G has the in-built optical VF but other than that...

Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2012 - 3:59 PM

I am quite surprised to see they looked so similar from the top view.

joshwa
joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 3601 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
23 Jan 2012 - 4:35 PM

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The back shows the biggest differences in controls

lemmy
lemmy  71841 forum posts United Kingdom
23 Jan 2012 - 5:51 PM


Quote: but what differentiates the four Panasonic lines - G GF GH and GX? In other words

I've put a video comparing the G3 and GH2 here. I had a quick look at a GX-1 and it's a lovely camera but for me the G3 is a better buy because of its excellent EVF. I had a GF1 which I really liked but I don't like using the LCD finder for everything, so I fitted the accessory EVF to it. The thing is, with that fitted, its size is little different form the G3.

I'd say, therefore, that if you are happy working with the rear screen, the GX1 is that bit smaller which is handy. But if you like to have an eye level finder, the GX1 with that will be a lot more expensive then the G3 and practically speaking just as big (or small, really!).

As it stands, the GH2 is top of the line, with lots of external control like a DSLR and suited to someone who wants a lighter, smaller, outfit than their Canon/ Nikon etc. The G3 is a smaller version more suited to someone upgrading from a compact with less external control and less state of the art video. The GX1 is for someone who wants the smallest camera they can without compromising quality. The GFs are the smallest of the lot, good for someone who want better results than a compact but a slight hit on image quality because of the smaller 12mp sensor than the other three with their 16mp.

joshwa
joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 3601 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
23 Jan 2012 - 6:22 PM

This is the back of the GH2:
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and top:
panasonic-lumix-gh2-top.jpg

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315238 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2012 - 7:03 PM

Lol the top plates almost identical to the G2, look at all those knobs and buttons Smile

Steppenwolf
23 Jan 2012 - 7:52 PM

I'll never understand how anyone can get excited about a camera without a viewfinder. Basically useless.

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315238 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2012 - 8:00 PM


Quote: I'll never understand how anyone can get excited about a camera without a viewfinder. Basically useless

A lot of my medium format film camera`s never had viewfinders Smile

Steppenwolf
23 Jan 2012 - 8:08 PM

Maybe "useless" is the wrong word - it's very limiting. I have a small Nikon P&S with no viewfinder but the only reason I have it is because it goes in my pocket. I hate using it.

mikehit
mikehit  56344 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2012 - 9:44 PM

Thanks Josh. I have seen the different models reviewed (updates seem to come along so quickly) and had lost track of the pros and cons of each line.

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315238 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2012 - 9:54 PM


Quote: Maybe "useless" is the wrong word - it's very limiting. I have a small Nikon P&S with no viewfinder but the only reason I have it is because it goes in my pocket. I hate using it

Stick the camera in a large box along with a portable DVD player that excepts AV in, sorted Smile

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