Around $1000 budget... Pana GX7 or OMD EM-10... Locked

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dgrogers
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Re: Around $1000 budget... Pana GX7 or OMD EM-10...
In reply to PINOYE90, 5 months ago

PINOYE90 wrote:

Currently have 7 yrs old Nikon D40 with kit lense 18-135mm...
The past year... i dont want to use it because its bulky/big/heavy...

Now... I have a go signal from wife to get new smaller camera...

I am researching/comparing the 2 cameras... i am lost... its like choosing between blonde or brunette...

My observation based on reading this forum for 1 week... GX7 is better camera than EM10... However, i like the black color of the EM10 and it looks like EM10 is cheaper...

Is it better to get the camera with the kit lense? or its better to just get the buy the camera body and get the separate lense... What lense should i get??? I actually prefer the pancake style lense... because its not bulky...

I would use the camera for some family vacations and sometimes taking sport pics for my kids...

Please note... i am not expert in photography... My old DSLR is 98% always in Auto...

Hopefully... the new camera will make me intersted in learning about digital photography... ISO/Apperture/shutterspeed and all that stuff

Thanks!

You will likely be happy with either, but it sounds like you are buying much more camera than you need in either case. Each has their advantages and disadvantages, but you will have more money to spend on a lens if you go with the E-M10. On the other hand, perhaps a smaller m4/3 camera such as the GM1 would better suit your needs.

The GX7 has a faster maximum shutter speed (one stop) and a faster flash sync speed than the E-M10. It also may have a slightly better built body (magnesium alloy vs aluminum frame). Neither are weather resistant. I do not know how well the GX7s IBIS works, but I do know it is needlessly limited to photos only. For some reason, Panasonic deemed it not worthy of video. The E-M10 also has a faster burst rate and may have higher performance (speed of operation) overall (Olympus cameras, especially at this level, are known for their high performance). The GX7 will likely be better for video (haven't looked in to it, but Panasonic usually is) except for that gimped IBIS. I think the E-M10 is capable of recognizing eyes on a face and focusing on them, which is another neat feature, as is the live bulb feature where you can see an image develop on the LCD when shooting in bulb mode and stop it when you are happy with the exposure.

One more point to consider.  O-MDs have a ton of options and are highly configurable.  To some, these options and configuration options add more complexity than they care for.  Others really appreciate the power.

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