Consumer Reports rates Panasonic GX7 top mirrorless camera

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Re: Consumer Reports rates Panasonic GX7 top mirrorless camera
In reply to gregbartgis, 3 months ago

gregbartgis wrote:

I'm in complete agreement. They rate cameras based on things like the bells and whistles features and PRICE, PRICE, PRICE. Never anything comparing durability, quality of build, handling - the things that really set the camera apart and make it worth the price you pay. I remember how they panned the Leicaflex SL2 in the seventies when it had just come out. I think they were just prejudiced against Leica because only "wealthy elites" could afford it. They wouldn't dare compare the camera to anything else simply based on quality and durability. It was an expensive (at the time) camera and lacked a lot of convenient features. Spare, elegant and having some of the best glass available at the time. If it costs over a certain percentage of the average household budget they seem to automatically dismiss it as overpriced.

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The elimination of the mirror has introduced a new concept into the interchangeable lens digital camera market - compactness (kind of like what happened when Oscar Barnack created the Leica).

Actually, for the vast majority of the Consumer Reports readership, a Leicaflex SL2 was a poor purchase relative to the utility they would get out of it.  And it was certainly nowhere near the value for the money that an Olympus OM-1 or Minolta SRT-102 was for them.  Which was why those two cameras were justifiably ranked as better, more utilitarian purchases at the time.   To CU's credit, they dismissed the "elegance" as not being an objective criteria, and valued the useful convenience features which the Leicaflex lacked and the Olympus and Minolta had.

They also de-valued the bulk and weight of the Nikon F2 and Canon F1 for most users in that same issue.  The fact is, they were rating cameras for average folks who wanted to take snapshots, not professional photographers, who have an entirely different set of needs, and pretty clearly, both the Leicaflex SL 2 and the Nikon F2 and Canon F1 were not the right tools for that task.  To Consumer Reports' credit, they recognized that and were not swayed by brand reputation.

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