Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tyson Robichaud on the Panasonic DMC-GM1 as a Pocket Camera

Image Source: http://tysonrobichaudphotography.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/p1070804.jpg
Tyson Robichaud runs a very nice blog. I've referred to his posts in the past. Tyson has purchased the miniscule Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1, the smallest Micro 4/3 camera available. He's planning to use it as his carry everywhere camera.
The camera is so small that it looks almost cartoonish with some of the larger Micro 4/3 lenses attached.
(Click Here) to read Tyson's post on his blog, and see the GM1 mounted on some bigger lenses like the awesome 100-300mm. That's right, the camera's mounted on the lens, not the other way around, as the lens makes up the vast majority of the package when it's mounted.
The small size has to and does come at some cost as compared to other Micro 4/3 cameras. It has a single programmable function button, but at least it has one. It has not flash shoe, which not only means no external flash, but also no external electronic viewfinder (EVF). It also does not has image stabilization built into the body, which is a major positive feature of the GM1's contemporary GX7. It does have wifi, which is a plus.
My main question here is whether the GM1 makes a better pocketable camera than my DMC-LX7. Of course, the GM1 has a much larger sensor, so will do better at high iso levels. But, the LX7 has a very fast, wide range zoom lens (maximum aperture f1.4), which equates to a much larger lens on a Micro 4/3 body. So, we're not comparing apples to apples here. Another plus of the LX7 is the accessory shoe and attachable EVF.
In any case, the GM1 represents an interesting new twist in the Micro 4/3 lineup. It would be a killer backup body for someone wanting to pack very light. And, I'm sure that with one of the pancake lenses (14mm f2.5 or 20mm f1.7), it's a wonderful little package.