What might go wrong with GX2

Started May 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP peevee1 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,247
Re: What might go wrong with GX2

dinoSnake wrote:

Wow.  One web site creates a fantasy of 'confirmed' rumor...and everyone jumps on board as this being the most likely truth.

Let's stop with the fanboyisms and get with some solid analysis.  Let's talk from both a business and design perspective:

Going with the old 18MP mult-format sensor of the GH2 does not sound all too good an option, considering that Panasonic itself seems to be moving away from that direction by using a new, 16MP single-format sensor on the brand new GH3.

It is a Sony sensor, they went with higher total price for them to make their top-of-the line $1300 body only GH3 at least on par with only every Oly competitor (basically, they had no choice, nobody would take GH3 seriously with the old Pana sensor). And this is the only camera where the sensor was used.

Now that the GH2 is discontinued keeping production going on a single sensor design to be used in a single camera is unprofitable; this is probably the reason why you are seeing more and more Panasonic designs introduced with the 16MP sensor.

Wrong, they use GH2 sensor in G5, G6 and if I remember correctly in GF6 too, just don't use its MAR ability.

So using the old, slower 18MP sensor is OUT.  Makes no business sense from the silicon fab point of view, makes not business sense from the marketing point of view (a new GX2, Panasonic's top-line rangefinder-style body, with slower AF and lower DR than the EM-5, E-P5, GH3 *and* G6?!).

You think stopping the factory and buying from a competitor is better? No way.

IBIS makes no sense, considering Panasonic's investment in OIS.  No sense AT ALL.  Why this fanboy fantasy?  Panasonic decided upon OIS and has stuck with it, even in their brand new, top-line model; Panasonic believes OIS gives them the advantage during video filming.

A lot of m43 and all legacy (including Panasonic's own) lenses don't have OIS, excluding them all just make the market for their cameras so much smaller. And exactly for video, where stabilization is essential always, in any light, and use of manual focus lenses is very much prevalent and justified, IBIS is a great asset.

EVF sounds like a good possibility.  The problem?  It will change the body size.  Period.  Either the body will grow to incorporate both the EVF and the built-in flash or the flash will be external, both can NOT fit into the current sized body. The flash tube and mechanism is about the same size as the EVF assembly.  Both can NOT fit into the current body at the same time while still keeping the same overall design.  If they 'shift' the entire top plate design to the right - push the shutter button closer to the right side, eliminate both the iA and movie buttons, and shift the hot shoe to the right - they just MIGHT have enough room for the flash tube in the center with an EVF on the left.

JUST might.  More likely, you'll see a body size increase.

Sure, but it is not just about size (they have GF for that), it is about left-side corner placement which is somewhat more convenient than the one in E-M5, and total height, which can still be lower than E-M5. Even if body is made a little wider, but lower than E-M5, it is still going to fit better into jacket pockets, narrow messenger bags etc. This would be an advantage, but is that advantage as big as any of the possible disadvantages I listed, let alone 2 or 3?

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