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  1. forkboy1965
    Oct 04 - 1:52 pm

    I still have a hard time trying to figure out what is the purpose behind the four-thirds market.

    Clearly a step above the average point-n-shoot, but not so far behind the entry-level dSLRs, which begs the question: Why not spend the extra couple of dollars and go entry-level dSLR?

    I applaud the overall design of this Panasonic model as I have a hard time understanding how it can be at all comfortable to use the Sony model displayed at the top of the article. With hardly any body one must resort to holding only the lens to some degree.

    I guess I’m wondering if this is a design in search of a niche as opposed to an existing niche looking for a better product.

    • Eric Reagan
      Oct 04 - 4:00 pm

      @forkboy – I think size and simplicity is the biggest advantage for the mirrorless market (be it Micro Four Thirds, NEX, or Samsung’s variation). Some of these cameras, especially with a pancake lens (such as Panasonic’s 20mm) attached, can rival point and shoot cameras in size. The live view system also helps the novice user make adjustments from a compact point and shoot camera. Throw in the great image quality and you’ve got a great combo in a small package.

      The Sony NEX cameras are really quite nice. I miss a built-in flash, but they handle pretty well (again, especially with the Sony 16mm pancake) and have great image quality. I see your point though, and wouldn’t mind if the cameras were just a little bigger. Look for a full review soon.

  2. Max
    Oct 08 - 1:44 am

    One thing common with the Four Thirds series from Panasonic and Olympus that I really like is the fully articulating LCD panel. Without having to put your face in the mud, you can compose and take extremely low angle shots that give you another perspective when taking pictures. Ditto with the various angles that are either not possible or difficult with fixed displays. I agree, however, that a jump to APS-sized sensor in a mirrorless system like the Samsung’s latest model and Sony’s EX5 are a step in the right direction. I like the Four Thirds innovations, but not the sensor size. If you’re serious about photo quality, it’s gotta be at least an APS sensor. They are getting cheaper anyways. I can see the hesitation from the Four Thirds group because of the investments already made in the lenses, etc.

  3. nicled
    Oct 08 - 9:55 am

    I have been using the Nikon D40x and it is very light, a DSLR. The frame is small, just a little bit bigger than the GF1. I’ve tried printing canvass size prints up to 6 feet and pictures are still clear. Will the mirror less cam’s give the same clarity at 6 feet sizes?

    • Eric Reagan
      Oct 08 - 12:51 pm

      @nicled – I think the GF1 and G10 will hold up well against the Nikon D40x. I haven’t compared them side-by-side; however, having used all three cameras, I wouldn’t hesitate to use one of Panasonic’s mirrorless cameras in the same situation where I would use a D40x.

  4. Bill Breite
    Oct 08 - 11:30 am

    I think you do a great job on your camera reviews.

    Bill Breite

    • Eric Reagan
      Oct 08 - 12:51 pm

      @Bill Breite – Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you think so. :-)

  5. nicled
    Oct 08 - 7:48 pm

    @Eric- Yes, i agree. Especially if the enlargements you’d need are not as large as canvas prints, then the GF1 or 10 would suffice. How i wish they’d come up with a more variable lens for the LX3 which can even be a better alternative except for the availability of lens extensions which are not as sharp.

  6. Phiroze B Javeri
    Oct 09 - 3:35 pm

    Whatever superiority the DSLR’s have over the Micro Four-third cameras has nothing to do with having a mirror-and-prism or not having it. The current superiority of DSLR’s lies in their larger sensors. that’s all. Just as the Leica pioneered the 35 mm format when everyone was using large plate cameras, the micro four-third system will come into its own when sensor technology improves. In fact, the mirror-less Sony NEX-5 (which has followed the concept pioneered by Panasonic and Olympus) has a larger APS-C sensor, as in entry-level DSLR’s, and there is no reason why the Sony NEX-5 should not be as good as a DSLR with an APS-C sensor. I do believe that the mirror and prism are just a force of habit that we refuse to leave off. With cameras having gone digital, this is now a bad habit.

  7. nicled
    Oct 10 - 6:48 am

    The Sony NEX-5 is an exception because of its larger sensor. THAT might be the ideal “light” carry around digicam. With bigger sensors on mirror less, camera’s the trend might just be the future for all digicams.

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