Around $1000 budget... Pana GX7 or OMD EM-10... Locked

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jeffharris Veteran Member • Posts: 8,951
Re: Around $1000 budget... Pana GX7 or OMD EM-10...

PINOYE90 wrote:

Currently have 7 yrs old Nikon D40 with kit lense 18-135mm...
The past year... i dont want to use it because its bulky/big/heavy...

Now... I have a go signal from wife to get new smaller camera...

My observation based on reading this forum for 1 week... GX7 is better camera than EM10... However, i like the black color of the EM10 and it looks like EM10 is cheaper...

I've gad a GX7 for about 3 months. It's really an excellent camera and would be a huge difference… in every way but size… from your D40.

The GX7 is available in black, too. B&H finally has black GX7s in stock.

You should really try to handle the cameras before deciding. I tried an EM10 last week and found it much too small and the controls rather cramped. The GX7 has a much better grip, ergonomics and UI. The only way to make the best choice for yourself is to handle and try them.,472.374,521.92,ha,t

Is it better to get the camera with the kit lense? or its better to just get the buy the camera body and get the separate lense... What lense should i get??? I actually prefer the pancake style lense... because its not bulky...

The GX7 with a 14-42mm II lens is a good choice. That lens is surprisingly compact and quite good. Small, light, fast focusing and sharp through it's range. It's fun to use, too.

I would use the camera for some family vacations and sometimes taking sport pics for my kids...

You may want to add a longer lens like the $200 Panasonic 45-150mm. It's very good for the price, on par with the 14-42mm II, and would give you 90-300mm equivalent. It matches well with the kit zoom.

Please note... i am not expert in photography... My old DSLR is 98% always in Auto...

Panasonic's iAuto mode is very good for full-auto, but once you use real time live view with the LCD and the EVF, you'll see it's a different world from what you're used to and hopefully branch out a bit.

Hopefully... the new camera will make me intersted in learning about digital photography... ISO/Apperture/shutterspeed and all that stuff

There are tons of photography resources online to help you learn. Here, for instance!

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