Should I buy a Samsung NX200 or a Panasonic GX1?

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Should I buy a Samsung NX200 or a Panasonic GX1?
Feb 20, 2012


How are you?

I'm writing this post because I'm wanting to buy a new camera system to maybe replace my DSLR setup.

I'm finding myself shooting less and less because I just don't feel like lugging the DSLR around as much.

After much reading and debate and thought, I narrowed my choices to:

  • Panasonic GX1

  • Samsung NX200

To get things out of the way, if the GX1 had an APS-C sensor, my choice would be made.

I like the way micro four thirds is established as a system and how it has grown.

I really like the Samsung camera and system, but a few things make me nervous...
One thing is the known issues with the RAW sizes and speed of the camera.

The other is the fact that Samsung is such a small player on the market...

The major online stores I usually buy stuff from, don't sell Samsung NX cameras or lenses.
There are not many people shooting with them either...
Flyckr has a small user base of NX200 shooters...

This makes me think if Samsung might go out of the ILC market soon and don't develop new cameras or lenses for the future...

It just if somenone buys a Nikon body or Canon, they can invest in the system, either EOS or F-mount and rest kind of assured that new cameras and lenses will be released and that technology will evolve and new bodies will be released with better sensors and features...

What if I'm to start a system based on NX and in 2012 Samsung decides to pull out of the market?

The resale value of the gear will take a hit, and there won't be no new gear, meaning I would have to jump ship to keep up with technology...

In this respect, I think micro four thirds is more mature, and has more support, more users, more market, it just moves more money, making it interesting for Panasonic and Olympus to develop new bodies and lenses...

The Whole IQ, noise, DOF of Micro four thirds vs the APS-C of the Samsung is putting alot of doubts in my mind...

Would the output of the Samsung be significantly better?

Cheers and thank you.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Samsung NX200
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