My Micro Four Thirds Equipment (page 2)
After using the G3 I found myself reverting back to using the smaller GF3, even if the GF3 has a better sensor. I just loved the convenience of having the unimposing GF3 plus 14 mm pancake combination. The following image shows a comparison of the G3 and GF3 camera bodies. To make the comparison amusing, the smaller GF3 camera body has the rather large Panasonic 100-300 mm F4-5.6 lens attached to it :-P.
Panasonic G3 (left) and GF3 (right)
Towards the end of 2011, Panasonic released their GX1 Micro Four Thirds camera. For me, the GX1 camera was a great compromise between size and performance, so I ended up purchasing it along with the bundled 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 X-Power Zoom Lens.
Panasonic GX1 with Power Zoom Lens (left) and legacy Minolta lens (right)
The GX1 has the 16 mega-pixel sensor of the G3, but in a smaller body resembling Panasonic’s GF series. When the GF3 was released, enthusiasts who were big fans of the GF1 were disappointed with the GF3 because compared to the GF1 there was no hot shoe or physical dials. Panasonic’s new GX range has addressed the needs of these enthusiasts. The GX1 has a hot shoe for external flash or EVF support, and a physical dial for mode selection. The high ISO performance of the GX1’s sensor is extremely good compared to other Micro Four Third cameras, rivaling that of the Panasonic GH2 (Panasonic’s most “professional” Micro Four Thirds camera to date).