Leaving DSLR - pros and cons of X-E1 vs OM-D EM-5

Started Mar 17, 2013 | Discussions thread
mjl699 Regular Member • Posts: 309
Re: Leaving DSLR - pros and cons of X-E1 vs OM-D EM-5

I am an ex SLR and DSLR user. Cameras include EOS 500N, EOS 3, S80, EOS 400D (spot the trend), and lately Panasonic GX1 and XP1.

The XP1 is the only camera of these to have better IQ than I could achieve with Provia and Velvia, which were my standard film choices 10 years ago. Without the hassle of storing the film in the fridge and specialist processing not typically available on the high street.

The GX1 produces good stuff (I have the 20mm F1.7 from Panasonic), but not as good as the XP1 with either the 60mm or the 35mm. The Fujinon 35mm in particular is hard to match - and F1.4 is very handy even in APS-C.

I like XP1 handling, but I like SLR handling too, so perhaps I am just not very picky. I can certainly see some liking SLR-style handling over rangefinder-style handling and vice-versa. One thing does stand out though - I have actually used M-mode on the XP1 quite a lot (sometimes setting all of A, T, ISO, & focus distance manually). It is possible to work like this on the XP1 with its "traditional" control dials whereas I could never use anything other than A- and T- modes on the Canon (D)SLRs - too fiddly.

I travel a lot for work and I carry two computers and the XP1 with two lenses in carry-on luggage. So that tells you the XP1 packs well. I could not imagine that with any of my old (D)SLRs. And when I'm out and about the XP1 is very easy to carry all day. I never get tired with it.

But, as previous contributors have observed, it has slower autofocus than the EM-5, and it does not do video, and the handling is very different from an SLR.

If you want very high IQ I recommend the XP1.

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