I own the Gx1 ($299 new) and the Gx7 ($749 new) and cannot figure the purpose of this particular camera.
When all is considered, the GM1, with kit lens, is smaller than the GX1; but it is really no more "pocketable" than the GX1 with the 14 2.8. The Gx1 is far and away the most convenient small camera I have ever owned. It is as if Panasonic hit the mark dead center when it comes to access of every important control a photographer could ever want. It's brilliant.
I had an opportunity to examine and try the GM1 at a local camera shop and came away wondering why Panasonic did not spend the development money/time on adding a few desirable features to the Gx1. For instance: an electronic shutter; a tilting LCD; a better LCD; a front control dial; WIFI connectivity. Instead, we get a smaller- but not small enough- camera that is missing important features.
If you are considering this camera, and are attracted to it for portability, I recommend you hunt down a GX1.
burnymeister: I think people are missing the point on this camera. $1200 isn't that bad when you consider what you're getting. For under $3k you can get a system that covers the focal range of 18-800mm with pretty good features and small enough to fit in a backpack.
How is this not a great thing? 800mm in any other system will either result in a horrible unbalanced mess or $11k just for the lens and will be so heavy you won't hike it anywhere. This is the first time I'm interested in the 1 series. I think Nikon's finally coming through.
I agree that the extended telephoto capability is nice. Even somewhat unique. However, suggesting that the system is worth more money because of it is like suggesting that Michelin tires are worth more money because they are black.
I have had the A7 for about two weeks. I guess ignorance is bliss as I have not been bothered with any of the problems mentioned. The thing takes great photos and is fun to use.
The shutter is a bit loud; the fact that the A7r is louder yet, keeps me from considering moving up to that model. Is the electronic front shutter something that can be addressed through firmware?
sderdiarian: Olympus Imaging has been stunted for a long time now, and not by the Yakuza but by poor product decisions. When others went to video and 3" hi-res LCD's in their DSLR's, Olumpus introduced the E-30/E-620 sans both. As others upped sensor design for broader DR/higher ISO capabilities, Olympus stubbornly stuck with an inherently noisy older design. And now, as large displays have become common even in compacts and especially cellphones, the new E-PM/E-PL3 retreat to a 2.4" usable area display.
I love their lenses, their JPEG colors and IBIS which should be in every camera. But they always manage to trip themselves up. Nothing to do with Yakuza or shady investment schemes, just bad product planning. This is why they need new management to rescue Imaging.
As for Woodford, he simply did what any person in his position should, saw potentially criminal activity and brought in the authorities. Don't shoot the messenger.
I agree wholeheartedly. The EP3 was the camera for me if it had the articulated LCD. The choice to present this feature on the EPL3 and not the EP3 defies understanding. Now I own an NEX5n.
A few years back, the president of Ford stated: "We are not in financial trouble because of accounting issues, we are in trouble because we do not build cars that people want to buy."