Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Black + 14-45mm f3.5-5.6 OIS Kit £368 (£318 after cashback) @ Park Cameras - HotUKDeals
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A fantastic camera - cashback now extended until 18th July - looks a great offer! Available in black or blue from a reputable UK retailer!
The DMC-G1 represents what could be a very important first step into the future of interchangeable lens digital cameras. Up until now all 35mm based DSLRs have been built around the same reflex system as traditional film based SLRs. They have taken the path of light through a series of mirrors and prisms to the optical viewfinder and then at the point of taking the picture flipped the mirrors out of the way and exposed the film or sensor. With digital sensors this is not necessary as its possible to simply turn the sensor on and off to expose the photograph and could use a live feed from the sensor to frame the picture on the LCD or an electronic viewfinder (EVF). To date there have been two limiting factors against this. One is that the quality of EVFs have not matched that of an optical viewfinder and two is that the camera would have to use sensor based contrast detection autofocus like a compact camera which is not as fast as the phase detection systems used in a reflex SLR....
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banned#1
Or £379 @ Jessops with 4% quidco and cashback making it £313.84

Been looking at this for a while now...Very tempting...
#2
Yes, but is it a bridge camera?
#3
I would argue a Nikon D3000 is a better long term purchase, allowing you to upgrade through a proper range of lenses/flashes/accessories as you err... develop your skills as a photographer.

And you get a real viewfinder, albeit plastic.
#4
OliWarner
I would argue a Nikon D3000 is a better long term purchase, allowing you to upgrade through a proper range of lenses/flashes/accessories as you err... develop your skills as a photographer.

And you get a real viewfinder, albeit plastic.


Well I agree with one aspect, you wont get the lenses/accessories for the panasonic cheaply! I'd go for the olympus if you want to stick with the 4/3rd sensor. It's a cracking system, and all the lenses are designed specifcally for the digital sensor so you get perfect perpendiculr light hitting the sensor!

While Nikon D3000 is a good camera, I found that the Oly 520/620 is very intuitive and probably stopped me from going off photgraphy all together! I find the navigation in the Nikon and canon very difficult.
I would also look at the Pentax dual lens kit!! That is one good piece of glass and all round gr8 hardware!
#5
My local Panasonic Store (Clifton Down, Bristol - http://www.pana-stores.co.uk/) are doing the G1 bundled with both the 14-45 and 45-200 lenses for £599, which after cashback from Panasonic comes down to £549. If you want both lenses, that might be the best route.

I was considering a G1, but ended up going for a Nikon D5000. The extra weight and bulk aren't too imposing (since the G1 kit isn't exactly pocketable anyway), the image quality is better - especially at higher ISO ratings, and lots of friends already shoot Nikon, so there's the possibility of usage tips and bargain hand-me-down kit as they upgrade.

As for the Olympus micro 4/3 cameras; the Olympus bodies seem to be better, but their lenses are (somewhat surprisingly) reportedly worse than Panasonic's. One might hope that it'd be possible to put Panasonic m4/3 lenses on Olympus m4/3 bodies, and you can, but the integration isn't perfect, so things like chromatic aberration correction and auto-focus don't always work so check compatability lists before buying.
suspended#6
i am a camera noob but i know the G2 is out, so hopefully the prices of the G1 will drop.

But i have no idea if G2 is an upgrade or a different type of camera altogether like the GF1 :)
#7
Kirajai
i am a camera noob but i know the G2 is out, so hopefully the prices of the G1 will drop.

But i have no idea if G2 is an upgrade or a different type of camera altogether like the GF1 :)


The G2 is essentially a G1 with a touch screen and 720p video (out of the box, hacks allow 1080p on the GH1 and GF1).

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