High quality compact to complement M4/3 system - any thoughts?

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Re: High quality compact to complement M4/3 system - any thoughts?
In reply to NewGirlLiz, 10 months ago

NewGirlLiz wrote:

Apologies for starting a thread about compact cameras on a M4/3 forum, but am interested in the views of M4/3 users in particular.

I now have what I think is a pretty wonderful system for my needs. (EM1 + 12-40, 40/150 & 75-300 lenses.) I would like to top off my collection with a super quality compact to chuck in my pocket any time when EM1 & lenses aren't available for any reason.

Apologies if similar discussions have taken place in the past but am seeking any views based on current selections of high-end compacts as the perfect complement to my set up.

I'm considering the following...

Fujifilm X20. I really like this, but have issues with the viewfinder not fully matching up with what the lens sees - especially close up - and also being partly obscured by the lens at widest angle. Could I get over this for the sake of a really nice camera that is a joy to use?

Sony RX100 ii. I keep reading about how wonderful this camera is, but I have had one (brief) play with it and just didn't feel excited by it at all. It just didn't feel like an enjoyable camera to use. It's pretty expensive and for that amount, I feel that I should love it, and I didn't.

Olympus Stylus 1. I haven't had my hands on this yet but I wonder if it's a great compromise of features?

Any views on these or any others I should consider?

Many thanks
Liz

Last year I would have encouraged you to get the Sony Rx100 ii, but with the Panasonic GM1 now available I would bypass the Sony and go for the Panasonic. Both great cameras, but tests and comparisons consistently give the edge to the GM1. The added benefit is you can use any lens you have for the. E-M1 on the Panasonic too. The other camera I really like and consistently gets fabulous reviews is the Fuji X100s. Yes, a fixed lens, but why is this camera consistently the carry around 2nd camera of choice for so many professional and enthusiasts? It is simply a great great 2nd camera that provides fabulous rich results. I wish I had one.

Dale

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