Advice needed for a compact camera

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Yannis1976 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,432
Re: What do you value the most?

R00kiePh0t0 wrote:

Dear photographers,

I am in the market for a compact camera. After some hefty research I narrowed it down that I want a compact (pocket) camera with interchangable lenses and a viewfinder. I am going on travels soon (F1 in Hungary and Asia general and Bali/Lombok later in the year) and I just want a small camera that I can grow into.

In my search I always kept hearing about GM1 and GM5. I love the design and the size of it. However, it seems it is not made anymore and finding it is near impossible. A funny side note is that anyone that has one or wants one sounds like a cultist chanting GM1 and GM5 over and over.

My question to you and if you are willing, would anyone be able to advise me which camera even comes close to what I want. There are so many camera's in 2019 that I cannot see the forest beyond the trees.

Many thanks for however wishes to extend his/her knowledge.

Its important you decide which factor is most crucial for you. If small size is really important, I would say forget any ILC system! Apart from the two Olympus bodycaps all other lenses add depth to even the smallest body (GM1) and make them non pocketable unless you have a big coat pocket (so only winter time). I would look either on APSC fixed lens compacts (Fuji X70 is fantastic!) or 1" zoom lens compacts such as Canon G7X/G5X, Panasonic LX10 and Sony RX100 III/IV/V etc.

For good to medium light these 1" cameras are great and for low light you could use the flash.

If you dont mind carrying a small camera bag then by all means the GM5 is smallest ILC body with an EVF and is a very capable camera. Personally I have tested most small compacts (LX10, G7X and RX100/3) and both the GM1/GM5. In the end I found my best compromise between size and IQ in the Fuji X70 (nowadays around 350€ used).

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