I’m sure there are new cameras on the horizon. With every camera manufacturer pumping a few new bells and whistles into newer body styles and wrapping it around warmed over sensor tech, those among us who play the patient opportunists really benefit. I held off on the GX1 when it was released and opted for the G3 when upgrading from my GF1. I gained the beautiful EVF, and at the time saved about $500 (when looking at the GX1 + add on EVF). I’ve since been running a two camera setup (much as I do with my full frame work setup) as it allows me to always have a backup as well as be able to eliminate much in the way of lens changes. Because I use the Olympus OM-D E-M5 as well, and I’ve recently traded my G3 to my brother in law for favors yet to be determined, I felt I could justify a compact body, sans EVF again. Enter the GX1 which is now down to only $250 just about everywhere! (it’s available at B&H – CLICK HERE – with 2% reward and free shipping). C’mon in to see a couple shots of and with the GX1…
Now, having been a huge fan of the GF1, I would be lying if I said that I didn’t miss the form factor, and when the GX1 was released, I had a hard time not picking one up. Now, I’m very glad that I hadn’t. When released, it came in at $799, or $899 with the kit lens so now at about 30% of its going rate from a little while ago, it seems that A) we will see a new upgrade sometime soon, and B) it’s not going to be around for much longer. The micro 4/3 system seems to use their sensors for about 2-3 years or so (with many bodies using the same sensors), making sense as this seems to be somewhat common for most manufacturers. Sure there are new processors, new bells and whistles, but the heart of the camera seems to be consistent for a while and I don’t think we’re going to see a huge update in sensor tech with this next update, so, for a fraction of the cost, you can get a great camera that won’t be completely out performed for a while yet.
Sharing the same sensor, with a few updates, from the G3, you can see my comparison between the older 12mp sensor and this newer 16mp sensor HERE. While I feel that the newer Sony built sensor in the newer Oly’s has a slight edge over the 16mp Panasonic sensor, the Sony sensor isn’t without it’s drawbacks either.
Regardless, for $250, I would struggle to find more bang for the buck right now in any system, with any camera. If you’re an existing micro 4/3 system user wanting to sneak a newer, very compact body into the mix, or looking to get into the system to gain access to the wonderful array of lenses and accessories, this could be a perfect opportunity. The GX1 is available at B&H with free shipping and a 2% reward HERE. Of course, the G3 is also currently $250 as well – CLICK HERE – , shipped for free as well, and you do get the included EVF. Both great cameras with their own upsides, either of which I’d strongly suggest, especially for the current prices while they last. Compact, fully functional and with a pancake lens = pocketable? GX1. Not much less compact, included EVF and tilt swivel screen? G3.
Thanks for the read and I hope everyone is well.