V3 vs V1

Started Apr 17, 2014 | Discussions thread
Scottelly Veteran Member • Posts: 9,187
Re: Your size/weight comparisons are simply incorrect
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There are no size/weight advantages over Micro 4/3 - the ONLY advantages are burst speed and continuous tracking AF. The types of photography that really benefit from that are very small, specialized niches. A serious gear freak like myself might buy it as a 2nd system just for shooting birds, wildlife, and action sports, but even I am only buying the stuff once it hits fire sale prices. And for everything else, Micro 4/3 is my main system. If I could only pick one of these systems, it would clearly NOT be Nikon 1. And frankly, the only reason I bought in at all was the announcement of the 70-300mm lens, an optic I can't match in terms of quality and performance in Micro 4/3. And how many folks are going to but that $1000 lens? Certainly not casual soccer moms, who are the supposed target of this system.

There IS a small advantage in the size difference between the m4/3 system cameras and lenses vs. the Nikon 1 system cameras and lenses. I could go get the info. for you, but you need to do that for yourself. I'll give you just one example though:

Nikon 1 system lens: Nikon 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 VR = 85 grams

m4/3 system lens: Panasonic 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 O.I.S. = 165 grams

Panasonic has significantly downsized that lens the current version weighs 110 grams, and the Olympus lens also weighs about the same..

The Panasonic 14mm f2.5 lens is smaller and lighter than the Nikon 10mm f2.8

The Olympus 40-150mm and the Panasonic 45-150mm lenses weigh just 10-20 grams more than the Nikon 30-110mm.

For all intents and purposes, the equivalent lenses are the same size and weight in both systems.

And my E-PL5 body with a VF-2 viewfinder, is no bigger and no heavier than a V2 or V1 body (actually, the V1 is heavier - because of the bigger battery). I own both systems. There really is NOT any effective difference in the size and weight of these systems - I own them both, use them both - they are for all intents and purposes, the same size and weight -but the Oly sensor is bigger, and noticeably better at high ISOs.

The sizes and weights of the Nikon 1 camera bodies are much smaller than the m4/3 system bodies too.

That's simply not true. The E-PM2 is the same size and weight as the J series. The E-PL5 with an EVF, and OM-D E-M10 are similar in size, and lighter in weight than the V1, and similar in weight to the V2. The Panasonic GM1 is smaller and weighs LESS than any of the Nikon J or S cameras, as does it's kit zoom lens.

I see. I checked out the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 that you mentioned. You are right! Very cool camera for $750 . . . though MUCH more expensive with one lens than the J1 kit, which comes with 2 lenses or the S1 kit that comes with two lenses. Still, Panasonic has done a great job making that GM1 as light as it is. It must be made out of titanium or something!


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