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    Micro Four Third Camera G1/GF1 (SLR replacement?)

    Hi

    I have used compacts until now but am intrigued with SLR type camera (i.e. better picture quality). Anyway, while out window shopping, I was man-handled into a camera shop :0). They demonstrated the Panasonic G1 to me. It looked cool in all red but apart from that the sales guy said it takes pictures to same quality as an SLR because it has the same sensor size.

    I don't want to lug around an SLR (they are so huge) but this G1 and GF1 are both quite small. The questions are:

    1. If you have any experience of these G1 and GF1, are they as good as an SLR (perhaps even a beginner's SLR)?

    2. Could they actually replace SLRs? That is, should I invest in this rather than SLR?

    3. Finally, the all important question - do they take as good a picture as an SLR? I would be blowing an odd picture to poster size from time to time but not regularly.

    4. Is the flash on this as good a flash on an SLR?

    5. What is difference between G1 and GF1 apart from the look and video mode in GF1? I don't care about the video mode but I prefer the shape of GF1 :-( - can't win really.+

    6. Is the sensor size same as the standard SLR?

    Hope someone has some idea of these Micro Four Cameras. I know they are expensive (I really like the GF1) therefore don't want to invest if they don't produce good pictures. Couple of reviews talk good things about them but I would rather hear from a 'layman' pohotographer rather than a paid journalist.

    Thanks.

    Rob

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    4/3 cameras are nice, compact and good quality - But, expensive for what they are, ie: prices for extra lenses are quite high.
    Everyone has a different opinon in 4/3 vs DSLR - I personally think that a standard DSLR is a better bet.

    imo the lenses are overpriced, and you're going to want more lenses.

    Something like a Canon 450/500d are pretty small anyway. I have a 20d though, so i suppose it could be that!!

    The flash isn't brilliant on a SLR anyway, unless you get an external one

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    peter_griffen;8184184

    4/3 cameras are nice, compact and good quality - But, expensive for what … 4/3 cameras are nice, compact and good quality - But, expensive for what they are, ie: prices for extra lenses are quite high.Everyone has a different opinon in 4/3 vs DSLR - I personally think that a standard DSLR is a better bet.



    Thanks Peter but does the 4/3 produce the same quality picture as an SLR? I think it comes down to this. For example, if I take identical picture with Nikon D5000 and Panasonic GF1 & blow it up to say A2 size would the picture quality be pretty much the same? (I understand different makes so therefore some difference in quality but I am talking the picture quality in general). This is using the standard lens that comes with it of course.

    DSLR for me..

    These cameras are very good for what they are and will produce some quality photos..

    1. If you have any experience of these G1 and GF1, are they as good as an SLR (perhaps even a beginner's SLR)?

    A - These cameras are very good for what they are and will produce some quality photos..- I would say its a good cross over from compact to DSLR,

    If size is an issue and you just want to take photos, these are a good option, if you want to get into photography in depth, go DSLR

    2. Could they actually replace SLRs? That is, should I invest in this rather than SLR?

    A- Maybe in a few years when the tech is the same they maybe... but all that will happen is these units will get merged into the DLSR scene...

    3. Finally, the all important question - do they take as good a picture as an SLR? I would be blowing an odd picture to poster size from time to time but not regularly.

    All comes down to lense quality & camera, -- its hard to say... comapre it a Cannon 5000, and no.. compare it to a Sony SLR... maybe.. its hard to tell depending on the type of shot, resoultion etc..

    4. Is the flash on this as good a flash on an SLR?

    Ignore flash...... it depends what you want to take photos off.... for example.. if you worked in a studio with a DSLR, you would have a flash kit etc etc...

    Also......... Picture quality is also good as the camera user if shooting on anything but auto mode..

    Take a look at the camera forums, theres loads of them and this topic is discussed in most...

    cameralabs.com/buy…tml

    I have the Nikon P90, It has 12.1 megapixels, 24x zoom + a further 4x didital zoom, Even when using the digital zoom it takes fantastic pictures. It also has a 1cm macro mode and it really is as good as that sounds. It has image vibration reduction which really does work, even when usind the 24x zoom you can take great pics even without a tripod. also has a multi angle screen. Iy has 2 user modes for you to set and change between too. I would recomed it to anyone but some of the reviews are bad, I can not understand why that is.

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    RickT;8184421

    Also......... Picture quality is also good as the camera user if shooting … Also......... Picture quality is also good as the camera user if shooting on anything but auto mode..Take a look at the camera forums, theres loads of them and this topic is discussed in most... http://www.cameralabs.com/buyers_guide/superzooms/best_super_zoom_camera.shtml



    Thanks Rick. That is indeed a good site. I will look into it bit more.

    I am not a serious photographer but need a good camera so will probably go for G1 or GF1. I know they are expensive but do not want to carry around an SLR on my holiday. Choices, choices - my brain hurts thinking about the camera :0(.
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