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So much camera in such a small package,
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After 6 months of research, I bought this camera and the 50mm/1.8 lens.
I wanted the camera for 3 primary purposes:
- family portraits and candids
- outdoor photography on hiking trips (so small size was important)
- gymnastics photos and video (very low light, very high speed)
I knew that this wasn't the ideal camera for the gymnastics photos... but there wasn't really anything better in the sub $1k for body+lens market and I couldn't stretch my budget any higher in the next 12 months.
It takes outstanding portraits both indoors and out-of-doors. In A (Aperture priority mode) I get beautifully in-focus faces and soft backgrounds.
I haven't had a chance to test outdoor shots yet.
The pleasant surprise was the gymnastics photos. I got some great stills on two high-speed events (floor and rings). Most of my son's body, including his face, is in focus and the motion is frozen. I've added the two images to the camera's photo gallery. It's not professional quality, but I am very pleased with the results.