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I won't re-iterate about how much improved this camera is over the previous generation. But I do want to comment on the disparaging remarks regarding build quality. It's great for the price point. This is not a pro-level camera, one cannot expect Leica or full-frame pro-DSLR like build quality. For what you get, it is excellent. Everything feels sturdy and well put together. Thumb wheel feels solid. Don't really care for an articulating screen either, would just add to the bulk. The flash is a very interesting design since you can position it for a bounce. I seldom if ever use flash photography anyway, look at the size, it's puny. Besides I wouldn't hesitate to use ISO 3200. That in combination with a large aperture lens makes for an excellent low-light kit.
Other things I'm really liking:
- size, loving how small it is and the quality of images it can produce
- touch screen, great for setting focus point (little slider is a very nice touch too, but why can't I customize it?)
- lots of button customization
- in general pretty intuitive to use
- videos, getting some amazing results
- Price of EVF. Although it is supposed to be superb.
This is my first micro 4/3rds camera, it's the one I've been waiting for. Up until now I've been lugging around a pro-level full-frame DSLR. Size and convince can't be beat, especially for street type photography.
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Initial post: Jan 4, 2012 5:49:13 PM PST
Right on point. I'm carrying my G2 w/20mm lens at night time for street photos and pretty much I do not need to use the flash. What I do use is the EVF. I wish they build one without a touchscreen and a decent EVF. After all, the old rangefinders did not have a screen. It is obvious they are luring people used to point and shoot cameras, but... I think there is a niche market out there.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2012 3:55:34 AM PDT
On the GX1, you can always turn off the touchscreen. Easy to do & then you're back to digital "tradition".
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