GM1 and Selfies

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by Levster, Oct 29, 2014.

  1. Levster

    Levster Mu-43 Top Veteran

    I can't believe that I'm asking this... but an instruction has came down from up high (my very patient partner), that she'd like more family photos of us when we go to places. Yesterday we went to London for the day and she asked if I could take a selfie of us and the two kids with the London Eye behind us - I took one look at my EM-1 and 12-40mm and decided against even attempting! Although I could never get rid of the EM-1, I am going to sell the 12-40mm to fund a smaller camera and lens combo. I am weighing up the GF6 against the GM1 and the GF6 has the obvious advantage of the hinged screen that does flip all the way up so you can see it whilst taking selfies. I am more drawn to the GM1 to take advantage of the smaller 12-32mm lens and the newer GX7 sensor, which would also mean that I retain the 12mm focal length. Have users of the GM1 tried taking selfies and is this reasonably easy? I also like the idea of a smaller camera for family events, but will definitely be keeping the EM-1 for my fantastic 50-200mm lens.

    Price wise I can pick up the GF6 with 14-42mm lens for around £250 and I can pick up the GM1 with 12-32mm lens for £350 from Panasonic's outlet store on eBay.
     
  2. scott2hot

    scott2hot Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 27, 2012
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    scott
    Yes the gm1 is great at selfies..although screen doesn't flip up..with the sharp 12-32 its easy just aim at yourself and at 12 you are sure to be in shot...word of warning...its bloody tiny get the grip it adds no size ..but makes it easy to hold...20mm panny is also great as the shiny face is reflective...so you can see and compose as you wish...shame you just missed out on my gm1..body only...sold for a steal on fleabay
     
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  3. nardoleo

    nardoleo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Apr 2, 2013
    Singapore
    Leo
    How about the new Epl7. Selfie is marketed as one of its new feature.
     
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  4. Levster

    Levster Mu-43 Top Veteran

    I've looked at the E-PL5, 6 and 7 and the IBIS is tempting. I really like the 12-32mm lens though and I was tempted to pick up a Sony RX100, which the GM1 and 12-32mm match for size. I can't imagine me taking many selfish but it's those once in a while opportunities that I regret missing. My partner has often been asked what I look like as she never has any photos of me!
     
  5. Levster

    Levster Mu-43 Top Veteran


    Out of interest, what made you sell? One aspect that I am wary about is a lack of scroll wheel for changing aperture or shutter speed. Is this reasonably easy to do using the touch screen? I've looked at the grips and will definitely pick one up if I go down this route.
     
  6. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    The E-M1 has Wi-Fi remote control, which I think would work wonders for selfies. I can imagine how the 12-40 would be too heavy for one-handed operation but it's an awesome lens in pretty much all other situations. You could pick up a used 14mm pancake, you'll be amazed how light and small your E-M1 suddenly becomes.

    When I feel like taking an impromptu selfie, I put the 7.5mm fisheye on - just point vaguely in the right direction and shoot. Otherwise for something a bit more serious, I stick the camera with a more appropriate lens on a GorillaPod or some such and spend a little more effort on framing, then use the timer. The main problem I have is that with selfies (especially group ones) you're limited by your arm to a wide angle lens, which at such close ranges is not particularly flattering. This gives rise to the popularity of selfie sticks so you can increase the distance.
     
  7. Darren Bonner

    Darren Bonner Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 1, 2013
    Poole UK
    The GM1 has wfi and it works ok with a smart phone though I have only used the EPL5 and the G5 for taking selfies because of the flip up and articulating screens.
    What makes you want to sell the 12-40 lens as I've heard it's a great lens. I can understand the appeal of the GM1 as a carry everywhere camera as it is now my most used camera.
     
  8. Darren Bonner

    Darren Bonner Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 1, 2013
    Poole UK
    The GM1 has wfi and it works ok with a smart phone though I have only used the EPL5 and the G5 for taking selfies because of the flip up and articulating screens.
    What makes you want to sell the 12-40 lens as I've heard it's a great lens. I can understand the appeal of the GM1 as a carry everywhere camera as it is now my most used camera.
     
  9. scott2hot

    scott2hot Mu-43 Veteran

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    west yorkshire
    scott
    Its use able...but definitely dumbed down..point n shoot almost...quality as expected...for me a touch too small...and the siren call of only ep5 made my mind up...always missed the ep5...now shutter shock sorted I was just waiting for right one to come along...if you can afford a spare tiny cam..go for it..I prefer tacktile cams with dials and buttons at hand...but it really is a pocket rocket.
     
  10. Levster

    Levster Mu-43 Top Veteran

    It's more a matter of money really! I try hard to keep the amount I spend on camera kit fairly balanced, so if I want something I need to see what I can sell first (or usually afterwards). My partner has mentioned several times that she can't use my camera and we could do with a compact camera and the GM1 seems to fit the bill. It was a toss up between my 50-200mm and MMF-3 or the 12-40. I really don't use the 12-40 very much and having previously owned the 12-32 I know it can cover 90% of my needs for a standard zoom. The 50-200mm is much more specialised and I couldn't replace it with any of the cheaper zooms, so it has to stay!
     
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  11. brettmaxwell

    brettmaxwell Mu-43 Veteran

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    I've taken a few arm's length selfies with the GM1 and 12-32. If you stick it at 12mm and use face detect AF, it works great. If you need more precision, use a tiny tripod, any focal length, and your smartphone connected to the camera with wifi.