What might go wrong with GX2

Started May 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
zaurus Regular Member • Posts: 266
Take into consideration the target market

When listing expected shortcomings please bear in mind the main target market. Which is street/environment/travel enthusiasts who (occasionally) use legacy lenses.

peevee1 wrote:

1) No weather sealing (compared to E-M5) - almost certainly

Correct. But not that needed for the target market.

2) Less effective IBIS (compared to 5-axis in E-M5 and E-P5) - almost certainly

Correct, as it is the first version (unless Pana has licensed the technology from somebody). Still quite useful for legacy lenses and pancakes for both photo and video.

3) No articulating screen - almost certainly

Correct. However, most photos are taken from a lower vantage point compared to a higher one, so a tilting EVF is very welcome. An articulating screen would be very useful for video on a tripod, but this scenario is unlikely for the target market.

4) Old inferior 18-mpix sensor from GH2 - high probability (they promise a "new sensor" in every camera, in most cases it is a lie)

I would not mind the GH2 sensor if it is a multi-aspect one and further tweaked for better highlight preservation and better high ISO which can be done as shown in the GX1. It will drive the cost down by at least $50, probably more.

5) Low readout speed from the old sensor=lower AF speed - high probability (see above)

Autofocus speed and accuracy will be sufficient for the target market and definitely better than the Nex-6.

6) Low quality EVF, maybe 200kpix unit from LF1, or sequential junk from G-series - high probability (have to fit it over screen somehow).

No, I doubt that.

7) Too high a price (with 14-42PZ) compared to $900-with-PZ-lens NEX-6 (direct competitor with 2.4Mpix EVF and articulating screen) - medium probability.

You are correct it would compete against the Nex-6.

But it will also have a metal body.

If the GX2 also has wireless flash control, a better grip (possibly hosting the battery), focus peaking, a lens release button on the right-hand side (so that one can swap lenses without changing hand position or one can use a hand strap) in kit with version II of the collapsible 14-42 PZ -- the kit costing $800 -- it will be very competitive.

So yeah, in short, a Panasonic version of the Nex-6 -- which is loooooong overdue.

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