Help, my wife can't depart from my GX7!

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rcjim
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Help, my wife can't depart from my GX7!
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My wife has always been a cheap point-and-shoot camera girl. However, I recently purchased the GX7 and now her point-and-shoot cameras are collecting dust. My wife is now even starting to ask about the advanced features of the GX7 and is actually learning about photography! The problem now is that I am now sharing the GX7 with my wife! She absolutely loves the GX7 (she also says the GX7 is so cute...LOL). I've been thinking about purchasing another GX7 as a Christmas gift for my wife...we can certainly share lenses; however, I'm wondering if the GM1 may be a better camera. She doesn't use the GX7's EVF and the GM1 would probably fit the "cute" category for her, as well :-D. Perhaps, I should take her to our local camera store and let her handle a GM1...but then I would be giving away that I'm considering buying her a camera for Christmas. Any suggestions?

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Just give it to her.

She deserves it.

And go and get yourself an EM-1

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My wife has always been a cheap point-and-shoot camera girl. However, I recently purchased the GX7 and now her point-and-shoot cameras are collecting dust. My wife is now even starting to ask about the advanced features of the GX7 and is actually learning about photography! The problem now is that I am now sharing the GX7 with my wife! She absolutely loves the GX7 (she also says the GX7 is so cute...LOL). I've been thinking about purchasing another GX7 as a Christmas gift for my wife; however, I'm wondering if the GM1 may be a better camera. She doesn't use the GX7's EVF and the GM1 would probably fit the "cute" category for her, as well :-D. Perhaps, I should take her to our local camera store and let her handle a GM1...but then I would be giving away that I'm considering buying her a camera for Christmas. Any suggestions?

If my wife had commandeered my camera, I'd be taking her out for an early birthday/holiday gift like - yesterday.    You're fortunate it's the holiday season.   It wouldn't mean the same thing to get her an early xmas gift in July (but one does what one must).  

Then there's the commandeering of lenses to consider and prepare for.   [forehead smack!]

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Just give it to her.

Yes. You should give her one.

She deserves it.

Most certainly.

Then you can think about what to do about cameras .....

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My wife has 'stolen' my GH2, GH3, 7-14, 12-35 and 35-100!!!

rcjim wrote:

My wife has always been a cheap point-and-shoot camera girl. However, I recently purchased the GX7 and now her point-and-shoot cameras are collecting dust. My wife is now even starting to ask about the advanced features of the GX7 and is actually learning about photography! The problem now is that I am now sharing the GX7 with my wife! She absolutely loves the GX7 (she also says the GX7 is so cute...LOL). I've been thinking about purchasing another GX7 as a Christmas gift for my wife...we can certainly share lenses; however, I'm wondering if the GM1 may be a better camera. She doesn't use the GX7's EVF and the GM1 would probably fit the "cute" category for her, as well :-D. Perhaps, I should take her to our local camera store and let her handle a GM1...but then I would be giving away that I'm considering buying her a camera for Christmas. Any suggestions?

Personally, I'd buy another GX7 - but try and get the different coloured one for differentiation.

Reasons over getting this over a GM1 ?

1. She might not be using the viewfinder now, but she might in the future (or if you go on holidays somewhere really bright etc)

2. The GX7 is going to be easier for someone who's serious about photography to learn quickly without menu diving.

3. What if she wants to use flash in the future?

4. If she's stuck on some aspect, its going to be MUCH easier for you to explain if you're also using the same camera

5. Another GX7 is a useful backup for YOU

6. One battery charger. Much easier on hols.

7. You KNOW she likes the GX7. Why take the risk she might not like the GM1 ?

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I guess the GX7 has that effect on people It is an absolute marvel.

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Seems to me you could be leveraging this into another camera for yourself. Maybe an EM1 or something

Obviously you wouldn't want a 2nd camera to be the same model as in his and her GX7's (though my wife and I drive his and her volts)

Then when you want really small you can steal (I mean borrow) your own stolen (I mean borrowed) GX7 back and you guys can share the EM1 with the more dedicated controls when you don't care so much about the size but want the feature set (and bit better color at high ISO than the GX7).

And, if she is really getting interested in photography, you've got a budding shared hobby to add to your foundation which can be fun too!

Who knows, maybe you can tell her how much she needs a 75 1.8 for portraits. My mind is spinning with the potentials. You can buy her a new gift for valentine's day, of course, some lens you want to borrow.

I see no problem here but only opportunity.

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John Mason wrote:

Obviously you wouldn't want a 2nd camera to be the same model

??

How is this 'obvious' ??

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Personally, I'd buy another GX7 - but try and get the different coloured one for differentiation.

Absolutely - the GX7 is a camera with practically everything and both versions look lovely (and quite different).  But then again, I could also (try to!) play "devil's advocate"...

Reasons over getting this over a GM1 ?

1. She might not be using the viewfinder now, but she might in the future (or if you go on holidays somewhere really bright etc)

True.  And of course the GM1's screen is also fixed.

2. The GX7 is going to be easier for someone who's serious about photography to learn quickly without menu diving.

Not as much in it as you might think, actually - the GM1 has a generous number of virtual Fn buttons at the side of the screen and one physical one - granted, it's not as direct-button endowed as the GX7 but nor is it starved of customisation and quick controls.  The most obvious missing physical control is an AE lock button.

3. What if she wants to use flash in the future?

Agreed on that one, assuming you're referring to an external flash, since you just couldn't on the GM1 except for a slave unit.

4. If she's stuck on some aspect, its going to be MUCH easier for you to explain if you're also using the same camera

Actually, the control interface is about 90% the same, if not more.

5. Another GX7 is a useful backup for YOU

True, though the GM1 has some of its own handy little differences for if you need something similar but different.

6. One battery charger. Much easier on hols.

Perhaps surprisingly, given it's an obviously different battery (in size too), they use the same charger!

7. You KNOW she likes the GX7. Why take the risk she might not like the GM1 ?

Probably best not to get one as a surprise, but go and check out the GM1 together and then decide... if you can.  I like them both!

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rcjim wrote:

My wife has always been a cheap point-and-shoot camera girl. However, I recently purchased the GX7 and now her point-and-shoot cameras are collecting dust. My wife is now even starting to ask about the advanced features of the GX7 and is actually learning about photography! The problem now is that I am now sharing the GX7 with my wife! She absolutely loves the GX7 (she also says the GX7 is so cute...LOL). I've been thinking about purchasing another GX7 as a Christmas gift for my wife...we can certainly share lenses; however, I'm wondering if the GM1 may be a better camera. She doesn't use the GX7's EVF and the GM1 would probably fit the "cute" category for her, as well :-D. Perhaps, I should take her to our local camera store and let her handle a GM1...but then I would be giving away that I'm considering buying her a camera for Christmas. Any suggestions?

Get a new wife?

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rcjim wrote:

Then there's the commandeering of lenses to consider and prepare for. [forehead smack!]

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Every time my wife borrowed a camera, it became her camera.

She borrowed my EP1, and I haven't seen it since. Of course, this became a good excuse for me to buy an EPL2. I almost wish she would borrow my EM5 so I could buy myself an EM1.

Since your wife likes the cute factor, and doesn't use the EVF, I think she really might like the Panasonic GM1. Then maybe you could borrow her lens!

I mean this thing is tiny.... even purse sized, and it should deliver really nice image quality.

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drag her out somewhere near the camera store

say "oh can we swing in? i wanted to see the other camera i had considered in person, theyve got it in stock"

gauge her reaction.

done!

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rcjim wrote:

My wife has always been a cheap point-and-shoot camera girl. However, I recently purchased the GX7 and now her point-and-shoot cameras are collecting dust. My wife is now even starting to ask about the advanced features of the GX7 and is actually learning about photography! The problem now is that I am now sharing the GX7 with my wife! She absolutely loves the GX7 (she also says the GX7 is so cute...LOL). I've been thinking about purchasing another GX7 as a Christmas gift for my wife...we can certainly share lenses; however, I'm wondering if the GM1 may be a better camera. She doesn't use the GX7's EVF and the GM1 would probably fit the "cute" category for her, as well :-D. Perhaps, I should take her to our local camera store and let her handle a GM1...but then I would be giving away that I'm considering buying her a camera for Christmas. Any suggestions?

Don't be cheap give her a GX7 : after all this is the camera she likes and she may not appreciate the GM1 after tasting the GX7; from what I gave read, the sensor of the GM1 isn't as good as that of the GX7. Also the GM1 is not only lacking an EVF, but you can't take one as add-on either; worse, the LCD is fixed (more difficult to avoid bright lights). She will miss an EVF outdoors in the sun, even if she uses the LCD most of the time, there are situations where it is unavoidable (using slow speeds it helps with the stabilization and as said, in bright lights). Also the GM1 unlike the GX7 isn't stabilized in the body. She may notice it (getting more blurry shots).. Getting good shots is what hooks people to photography. If you get so so pictures, you loose interest.

So go for the GX7 : you already know for sure that she will like it.

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If the looks of a cute P&S were the important factor, I doubt she would have taken such a liking to your GX7. Plus, it also might be taken as condescension on your part.

I'd either get her a GX7 or take her to the store.

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Let her make the choice between the two.  I checked them both out...and bought both.  Different tools for different subjects.

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rcjim wrote:

My wife has always been a cheap point-and-shoot camera girl. However, I recently purchased the GX7 and now her point-and-shoot cameras are collecting dust. My wife is now even starting to ask about the advanced features of the GX7 and is actually learning about photography! The problem now is that I am now sharing the GX7 with my wife! She absolutely loves the GX7 (she also says the GX7 is so cute...LOL). I've been thinking about purchasing another GX7 as a Christmas gift for my wife; however, I'm wondering if the GM1 may be a better camera. She doesn't use the GX7's EVF and the GM1 would probably fit the "cute" category for her, as well :-D. Perhaps, I should take her to our local camera store and let her handle a GM1...but then I would be giving away that I'm considering buying her a camera for Christmas. Any suggestions?

If my wife had commandeered my camera, I'd be taking her out for an early birthday/holiday gift like - yesterday. You're fortunate it's the holiday season. It wouldn't mean the same thing to get her an early xmas gift in July (but one does what one must).

Then there's the commandeering of lenses to consider and prepare for. [forehead smack!]

But a non-obligatory gift (NOT Xmas, Solstice, birthday or whatever) means SO much more! It's an I REALLY care about you kind of thing! For no "real" reason.

I thank the Gods that my girlfriend and I have opted out of  gun-to-the head "giving"!!!!

I bought my GF a GX1, but she's sort of afraid of it, but really likes using it with the LVF2. When we "dropped by" B&H to check out the GM1 last week she was floored and now insists that I buy one.

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rcjim wrote:

My wife has always been a cheap point-and-shoot camera girl. However, I recently purchased the GX7 and now her point-and-shoot cameras are collecting dust. My wife is now even starting to ask about the advanced features of the GX7 and is actually learning about photography! The problem now is that I am now sharing the GX7 with my wife! She absolutely loves the GX7 (she also says the GX7 is so cute...LOL). I've been thinking about purchasing another GX7 as a Christmas gift for my wife...we can certainly share lenses; however, I'm wondering if the GM1 may be a better camera. She doesn't use the GX7's EVF and the GM1 would probably fit the "cute" category for her, as well :-D. Perhaps, I should take her to our local camera store and let her handle a GM1...but then I would be giving away that I'm considering buying her a camera for Christmas. Any suggestions?

Don't be cheap give her a GX7 : after all this is the camera she likes and she may not appreciate the GM1 after tasting the GX7; from what I gave read, the sensor of the GM1 isn't as good as that of the GX7. Also the GM1 is not only lacking an EVF, but you can't take one as add-on either; worse, the LCD is fixed (more difficult to avoid bright lights). She will miss an EVF outdoors in the sun, even if she uses the LCD most of the time, there are situations where it is unavoidable (using slow speeds it helps with the stabilization and as said, in bright lights). Also the GM1 unlike the GX7 isn't stabilized in the body. She may notice it (getting more blurry shots).. Getting good shots is what hooks people to photography. If you get so so pictures, you loose interest.

So go for the GX7 : you already know for sure that she will like it.

Not only that, TWO GX7s will make the perfect 2 cameras with different lenses kit!

One funny thing, when my girlfriend and I were in Marseille in September, she had the great idea to take photos of me taking photos, instead of taking the same shot. So when we combined our photos, there were shots of me contorting against walls, then the shots I took. Very funny and lots of fun!

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jeffharris wrote:

rrr_hhh wrote:

rcjim wrote:

My wife has always been a cheap point-and-shoot camera girl. However, I recently purchased the GX7 and now her point-and-shoot cameras are collecting dust. My wife is now even starting to ask about the advanced features of the GX7 and is actually learning about photography! The problem now is that I am now sharing the GX7 with my wife! She absolutely loves the GX7 (she also says the GX7 is so cute...LOL). I've been thinking about purchasing another GX7 as a Christmas gift for my wife...we can certainly share lenses; however, I'm wondering if the GM1 may be a better camera. She doesn't use the GX7's EVF and the GM1 would probably fit the "cute" category for her, as well :-D. Perhaps, I should take her to our local camera store and let her handle a GM1...but then I would be giving away that I'm considering buying her a camera for Christmas. Any suggestions?

Don't be cheap give her a GX7 : after all this is the camera she likes and she may not appreciate the GM1 after tasting the GX7; from what I gave read, the sensor of the GM1 isn't as good as that of the GX7. Also the GM1 is not only lacking an EVF, but you can't take one as add-on either; worse, the LCD is fixed (more difficult to avoid bright lights). She will miss an EVF outdoors in the sun, even if she uses the LCD most of the time, there are situations where it is unavoidable (using slow speeds it helps with the stabilization and as said, in bright lights). Also the GM1 unlike the GX7 isn't stabilized in the body. She may notice it (getting more blurry shots).. Getting good shots is what hooks people to photography. If you get so so pictures, you loose interest.

So go for the GX7 : you already know for sure that she will like it.

Not only that, TWO GX7s will make the perfect 2 cameras with different lenses kit!

One funny thing, when my girlfriend and I were in Marseille in September, she had the great idea to take photos of me taking photos, instead of taking the same shot. So when we combined our photos, there were shots of me contorting against walls, then the shots I took. Very funny and lots of fun!

This!

Travelling with 2 good cameras, and wandering around with different lenses can be great. My girlfriend and I just did a drive along the coast, her using the E-M5 + 75mm and me using the E-M1 + 12-60. Very different shots, and different perspectives, and a lot of fun had by all.

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Buy her one and you two share the lenses:)

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