Deciding to buy a GX7 over an E-M1

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CharlesB58
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Re: Deciding to buy a GX7 over an E-M1
In reply to Ricky JJ, 7 months ago

Ricky JJ wrote:

Hello!

This month I decided it's finally time to upgrade my GH2.
I was set to buy either the GX7 or the E-M1. I spent a few days pouring over reviews, and finally decided to buy the GX7.
This is what made me decide:
Bypassing the super hype for the E-M1, I couldn't find enough differences in IQ and features to justify the price difference. I payed $728 on the GX7 body, while the E-M1 was $1400. With the price difference, I was able to buy a nice lens (The Pana 25mm 1.4) and still have leftover money.

From what I gathered, the image quality and low light performance is pretty much the same. The E-M1 has in body stabilization (which the Gx7 also has, though not as good) and weather sealing, while the GX7 is more compact and does better video (something I value).

Am I wrong? Do you think I made a good decision?? I couldn't find anything that really justifies an almost 700 dollar price difference, and the GX7 still seems like an awesome camera for my needs!

No one can tell you you made a wrong decision if you couldn't see a reason to pay the extra money.

Personally, for the primary work I do, the EM1 offers more flexibility than the GX7, while the GX7 does offer more versatility in video and the silent electronic shutter. Ideally I'd buy both, since on a given performance shoot having 2 bodies is a great advantage anyway.

I'm waiting to see what the upcoming low end OMD has to offer. If it's the same form factor, EVF and sensor as the EM1, with an electronic shutter, I would easily forego some of the versatility the EM1 offers.

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