- Aug 6, 2010
- San Jose, CA
- Real Name
A long time ago, I promised myself I wouldn't become 'one of those people' who stopped carrying a camera and just used their phone for casual snapshots. But here we are and even though I have a more than competent Olympus E-PL8/12-32 kit and a Panasonic LX100 that lives in my car's glovebox, in practice I either use my main kit (E-M1/12-100) or my phone. I love the idea of a competent carry-everywhere camera but the reality is that none of the small kits I've tried are all that enjoyable to use, and if I don't enjoy using the camera, I feel I might as well just use the phone.
I have tried:
I have tried:
- Panasonic GM1 + 12-32. Didn't really like the EVF (way too small). Controls were small and limited.
- Sony RX100 III. In theory the perfect size but the controls were awful (slow to operate in practice). EVF is also quite fiddly and small. Image quality was surprisingly variable (maybe the lens?).
- Olympus E-PL8 + 12-32. Not that small. Lens is too slow for casual indoor photos. EVF is clumsy (sticks out and hard to block excess light).
- Panasonic LX100 II. Decent size. Controls are acceptable (a bit slow to turn on). But don't care for the EVF, and lose a surprisingly high number of low-light shots despite the fast lens. Maybe the stabilization isn't that great?