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A tribute to my GM1, and why I must sell it...

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by m43man, Sep 4, 2014.

  1. m43man

    m43man Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 28, 2012
    Vancouver
    Ever since I had a hand injury a few years ago, I've been looking for a camera small and light enough for my hand to handle but as good quality as Velvia film on my Nikon SLR days. Along came the Canon Ixus series, then the Panasonic LX and finally the Sony RX100 series. I almost settled last year on the RX100M2 but its build quality was so bad that after exchanging twice I finally gave up on it. Finally, GM1 was released late last year, meeting every item on my checklist that I ever dreamed off.

    Why I love the GM1:
    -magnesium top and bottom -> solid feel always inspire confidence
    -smallest and lightest MFT camera with touchscreen -> after using touch screen phones for a number of years, this is a welcomed feature
    -lighter and smaller than RX100 series without lens -> RX100 is just too bulky in my pants.
    -compact size ILC with largest sensor -> so glad the tiny sensor days are over, RAW editing with a tiny cam like this is unfathomable just a few years ago
    -full PASM -> just like big SLRs, allowing customization of shooting needs in various situationsI]
    -1080p HD recording -> this is just wowI]
    -pop-up flash built-in -> the monstrosity of Nikon SB-910, SB-800, SB-700, SB-400, SB-300 days are no longer necessary for traveling and just plain street
    -16MP Live MOS sensor ->sometimes I think 16MP is still too low, but for web output it's more than sufficient

    I hope you will enjoy this set as much as I've enjoyed the GM1, but unfortunately it's not a camera I can keep hence I have listed it for sale here. Reason? Art school is expensive.

    No review is complete without at least a few photos to back it up. Here are a sample of photos from the first 3 days of owning this camera before I read the manual and when I had no idea how to work the majority of the functions. All of these were shot on location in Miami, which I will remember dearly as the first images with my GM1:

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    1010127.

    10101341.

    1010121.

    10101381.

    1010107.

    1010275.

    10103501.

    1010360.

    1010225.

    1010774.
     
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  2. m43man

    m43man Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 28, 2012
    Vancouver
    BTW, all the night shots here were mistakenly set to ISO3200 on the first day of shooting. I would have preferred ISO1600 but even without noise reduction, surprisingly the IQ is still pretty good.
     
  3. 50orsohours

    50orsohours Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 13, 2013
    Portland Oregon
    Why are you selling it?
     
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  4. m43man

    m43man Mu-43 Veteran

    359
    Aug 28, 2012
    Vancouver
    Sorry, the text of the reason was positioned after the photos, so it's easy to miss. I've moved the text to the main body of the text above so it's easier to spot. Thanks for pointing this out.
     
  5. m43man

    m43man Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 28, 2012
    Vancouver
    Anyone interested in seeing more images showcasing what this little GM1 can do? Looking forward to your comments. By the way, everything posted has been shot on the 35-100mm.
     
  6. poopstick

    poopstick Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 9, 2013
    Burlington Ontario
    I'm assuming you mean 35-100.
     
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  7. m43man

    m43man Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 28, 2012
    Vancouver
    You're right, 35-100mm, corrected.
     
  8. anfyrt

    anfyrt Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 20, 2014
    Russia (alas)
    Great shots though! GM1 for me is great candidate to be second camera, but I want GX1 so bad.
     
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  9. m43man

    m43man Mu-43 Veteran

    359
    Aug 28, 2012
    Vancouver
    Yay, sold my GM1 yesterday.

    Posting a few more photos taken on first 3 days of owning my GM1 in memory of it:

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    1010472.

    1010582.