Help me decide: E-M1 vs. GX-7

Started Nov 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Joe Tam Contributing Member • Posts: 832
Help me decide: E-M1 vs. GX-7


I played with Olympus E-M1, E-M5 and Panasonic G-X7.

I love the E-M1 the best but the price is $1400 without lens.

I like the G-X7 for size, silent shutter and there is a sale at BHPhoto:  $900 with 14-42 lens.  I don't like the normal shutter sound and there are some limitations(fast motion/iso limit) with electronic shutter.

I have Nikon D4 and want something small and quiet for sensitive news photography during vigils/wakes/funerals.

Right now the only reasons I want the gx7 is the silent shutter and price.  I don't like the size of the viewfinder eyecup.  The E-M1 is huge and the viewfinder is amazing.  I also like the weathersealing on EM-1

Image quality is supposed to be same on all bodies mentioned above.

I think the phase/contrast AF on the E-M1 might be faster than G-X7 but I don't think it is a huge difference.

I want to get the 12-40mm olympus.

 Joe Tam's gear list:Joe Tam's gear list
Nikon D4 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Nikon D4S Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4-5.6 OIS Canon PowerShot G10 +23 more
Nikon D4 Olympus E-M1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
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