Need buying advise

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jabatama Forum Member • Posts: 75
Need buying advise
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I'm looking for a small camera with great DR and video performance.  
I take family videos and  pictures, also city, parts, nature shooting.

I was looking at Olympus M5-iii but the future of micro43 is not clear.

Does Sony or Panasonic have some offerings ?

I'm 60 yrs old and prefer something lighter. I would go with Nikon if the have  great AF-C and low light capabilities. And lighter lenses.

AF is important because I have 2 small grandchildren and they move very fast. 
Maximum weight I'm willing to carry is 800g  body+lens.

Budget $2,800

ly2photos
ly2photos Forum Member • Posts: 92
If your looking for something light...
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Then look no further than Fuji! They have great small cameras and lenses! You can build a fantastically set of compact, sharp and light primes (or zooms if you prefer them, but they are a bit heavier) with your budget!

I will probably get lots of heat by saying this, but Fuji leads the APS-C market right now, and they are the only ones with a complete APS-C lens lineup.

Some other pluses: fun, full manual controls; excellent JPEG colours and film simulations; extensive firmware support; SUPER compact if you choose the right combos!

For video, and X-T30 might fit your needs, and the 18-55 kits lens (one of the best kit lenses ever) and some f2/2.8 compact primes suit you well!

Anyways, just my $0.02! Hope this helped!

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poipoipoi_2016 Contributing Member • Posts: 888
Re: If your looking for something light...
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nayyyyyyy7 wrote:

Then look no further than Fuji! They have great small cameras and lenses! You can build a fantastically set of compact, sharp and light primes (or zooms if you prefer them, but they are a bit heavier) with your budget!

I will probably get lots of heat by saying this, but Fuji leads the APS-C market right now, and they are the only ones with a complete APS-C lens lineup.

Some other pluses: fun, full manual controls; excellent JPEG colours and film simulations; extensive firmware support; SUPER compact if you choose the right combos!

For video, and X-T30 might fit your needs, and the 18-55 kits lens (one of the best kit lenses ever) and some f2/2.8 compact primes suit you well!

Anyways, just my $0.02! Hope this helped!

I second this.

Especially the 18-55 bit.  Wooooow.

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beagle1 Forum Pro • Posts: 11,168
Re: Need buying advise

jabatama wrote:

I'm looking for a small camera with great DR and video performance.
I take family videos and pictures, also city, parts, nature shooting.

I was looking at Olympus M5-iii but the future of micro43 is not clear.

Does Sony or Panasonic have some offerings ?

I'm 60 yrs old and prefer something lighter. I would go with Nikon if the have great AF-C and low light capabilities. And lighter lenses.

AF is important because I have 2 small grandchildren and they move very fast.
Maximum weight I'm willing to carry is 800g body+lens.

Budget $2,800

Canon M6ii and 'pancake' lens

ly2photos
ly2photos Forum Member • Posts: 92
By the way...

You can see everyone's reasons for choosing Fuji here.

PS: Weight is mentioned many times there

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techie takes pics Senior Member • Posts: 1,246
Re: Need buying advise
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jabatama wrote:

I'm looking for a small camera with great DR and video performance.
I take family videos and pictures, also city, parts, nature shooting.

I was looking at Olympus M5-iii but the future of micro43 is not clear.

Does Sony or Panasonic have some offerings ?

I'm 60 yrs old and prefer something lighter. I would go with Nikon if the have great AF-C and low light capabilities. And lighter lenses.

AF is important because I have 2 small grandchildren and they move very fast.
Maximum weight I'm willing to carry is 800g body+lens.

Budget $2,800

Weight is mostly in lenses as they must hold the actual glass to iluminate the sensor.

APS-C saves a bit of weight, but Micro Four Thirds does more.

With a camera, two lenses and a TC, I can have the full frame equivalent of 24-300mm at f2.8; and 300-420 af F4. This weighs less than two kilos.
These are the heaviest lenses on the system: constant wide aperture pro lenses. Almost every other lens is a lot lighter.

The future of the system is a genuine point, but of little concern. My camera takes pictures and my lenses continue to work.  Facts:

1. My camera will keep working regardless of decisions taken in a boardroom in Japan;

2. Any repair experience will remain available - for a price perhaps, but the guaranteed period does not last forever either;

3. There is always the second hand market. If I want I can keep it alive using second hand upgrades for the rest of my life.

4. For new cameras there is still Panasonic.

Yes, the camera division of Olympus was taken over by another company. This is very far removed from my day-to-day photography.

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OP jabatama Forum Member • Posts: 75
Re: Need buying advise

techie takes pics wrote:

jabatama wrote:

I'm looking for a small camera with great DR and video performance.
I take family videos and pictures, also city, parts, nature shooting.

I was looking at Olympus M5-iii but the future of micro43 is not clear.

Does Sony or Panasonic have some offerings ?

I'm 60 yrs old and prefer something lighter. I would go with Nikon if the have great AF-C and low light capabilities. And lighter lenses.

AF is important because I have 2 small grandchildren and they move very fast.
Maximum weight I'm willing to carry is 800g body+lens.

Budget $2,800

Weight is mostly in lenses as they must hold the actual glass to iluminate the sensor.

APS-C saves a bit of weight, but Micro Four Thirds does more.

With a camera, two lenses and a TC, I can have the full frame equivalent of 24-300mm at f2.8; and 300-420 af F4. This weighs less than two kilos.
These are the heaviest lenses on the system: constant wide aperture pro lenses. Almost every other lens is a lot lighter.

The future of the system is a genuine point, but of little concern. My camera takes pictures and my lenses continue to work. Facts:

1. My camera will keep working regardless of decisions taken in a boardroom in Japan;

2. Any repair experience will remain available - for a price perhaps, but the guaranteed period does not last forever either;

3. There is always the second hand market. If I want I can keep it alive using second hand upgrades for the rest of my life.

4. For new cameras there is still Panasonic.

Yes, the camera division of Olympus was taken over by another company. This is very far removed from my day-to-day photography.

My eyes are set to Z6 ii with Z 24-70mm F4 S  or  Oly EM1-iii with 12-100 f4 Pro.

Can't decide on which one. Z6 ii might have better AF-C, but EM1-iii is not a slouch. 
if I buy EM1-iii I will shortly add 12-40mm.

Low light video shooting is important to me and Z6 ii might be better, I need to find a YouTube video showing E-M1-iii capability in low light video.

Both systems are good, I just have to make a decision.

OP jabatama Forum Member • Posts: 75
Re: By the way...
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Fuji is great for photos, probably the best. 
But video is important to me and Fuji lags in AF-C, it loses the subjects unless it is in the middle of the frame.

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