Ergonomics GX7 vs E-M10

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Hi Guys

I am about to purchase one of these two cameras. In all other regards I think either will do what I want, but I am not sure about how they feel in the hand. I do not have a camera store nearby to try them. Some reviews on the E-M10 say the controls are cramped? I am not sure about adding a grip because of the extra bulk and expense. I have previously used a E-PL1 and E-PL3 and a NEX and i got on with all of them ergonomically. How have you found them?

BTW - I think i have small hands!

I expect it's a matter of personal preference but I thought would ask.

Thanks in advance.
 

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I think you really need to handle them yourself TBH. Can you find a camera store?

I own neither, but I've played with both. The E-M10 is really nice handling IMHO. It's like the E-M5, which I own, but with the fiddly back button (fn2 and playback) problem fixed. The GX7 is a somewhat different beast. I personally didn't like the build "feel" of the camera - especially the plasticy grip. However, the ergonomics seemed OK, although I found the EVF was a little "tunnel like" in that the image seems to be projected some distance away. However, I'm sure I'd get used to it - it's just different from the Oly.
 

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In the end it's personal what suits you. No doubt I would pick the Olympus for it's superior IBIS. Have you considered the E-P5? I wanted an E-M10 and ended with a E-P5.
 

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Its subjective, but my guess is that if you were fine with the EPL1 and 3 (both pretty small), you will likely be fine with the EM10. I prefer the GX7, but again, its subjective. You will likely be fine just buying for the features you like.
 

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going to be a parrot and say the same as the above posts.

in my hands, the GX7 grip is nicer but you must try out both.
 
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The E-M10 *is* a tiny bit cramped feeling but has a neat thumb grip on the back that compensates; it feels much better in my hands than the E-M5 did. If you have small hands then I'd imagine you'd be fine with it.

I have the GX7, which feels far superior to the E-M5 in my hands, but that's not what you are considering. ;)

You really ought to hold both in your hand, perhaps you can find a local camera club mtg that'll allow you some hands-on time, or maybe buy both from a company that will let you return the one you like the least?
 

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I made my choice in favour of the olympus, because i find the em10 viewfinder more confortable shooting whith my left eye.
The control dials are in my opinion well adjustable when shooting, but I have to say that when I use the viewfinder the internal jog fall near to my nose, but not enought to make it unusable.
 

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I have the GX7, which feels far superior to the E-M5 in my hands, but that's not what you are considering. ;)
Depends on your hands and preferences, those were both too small for me without the grip which only the em-5 offered.. Also depends on lens, the 35-100 is not too comfortable on the gx-7 IMO

YMMV of course ;-)

To the OP - You have to go into a shop and hold both and see what works for you! :thumbup:
 

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Hi Guys

I am about to purchase one of these two cameras. In all other regards I think either will do what I want, but I am not sure about how they feel in the hand. I do not have a camera store nearby to try them. Some reviews on the E-M10 say the controls are cramped? I am not sure about adding a grip because of the extra bulk and expense. I have previously used a E-PL1 and E-PL3 and a NEX and i got on with all of them ergonomically. How have you found them?

BTW - I think i have small hands!

I expect it's a matter of personal preference but I thought would ask.

Thanks in advance.
Finding a pc world superstore in /around london should be easy...i went into birstall yorkshire branch and after handling GX7 and e m10 i decided on em 10...was set on GX7 (had gx1 and loved it) but didnt like the bulbous feel or build quality.
one mans meat another mans poison

scott.
 

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Thanks everyone. Hey ho, I think I just try them in a shop. Now deciding on which iBIS is better! Too much choice...
 

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Some reviews on the E-M10 say the controls are cramped? I am not sure about adding a grip because of the extra bulk and expense.
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I recently added the grip to the E-M10. Changed my shooting experience completely. The camera is now ergonomically "WAY" better. It does add a little weight, but not that much. As for the cost, it was only $60.00 which is not that much considering it is solid metal and matches the camera oh so well.

I tried the GX7, EP5 and the E-M10 before I purchased. For me, it was more the dslr feel that steered me toward the E-M10. However, the GX7 sure is a beautiful camera though.
 

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I know you made your choice, but I'd like to add on more element to consider. I think there is an advantage to use gear from the same company for a while: you have less thing to learn and more time spent knowing what you are doing. It's not only the effort spent learning something new, but the days/months you shoot with a weak "muscle memory" and conscious memory.

So if you do not have a compelling reason to change stick with olympus (as you did).
 
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