It's a lovely bit of work but I wouldn't recommend it as anyone's first or only MFT camera.Good little camera I suppose, but no EVF is a no no. Here's Michael Reichmann
I agree, but he's got a point--the dial is horribly designed, and in my few days of use I'm already finding the same problems he did. Whoever designed this should be fired. I always loved the clickable thumbwheel on the old GH1/2 and wondered why Panasonic abandoned it.I'm not sure the antarctic trip was the best example for why you would want this camera. If I was on a big expensive photo-trip like that, I'd pull out the EM1 as well. The GM1 is a little street camera, a coat pocket camera, a backpack camera, an outdoor party camera, etc. Polar expedition, not so much.
I disagree - speaking as someone who only got into photography in the digital age. A viewfinder (I often shoot right eye VF, left eye open) shot leaves me more aware of my surroundings because all the shooting and framing info is right there, and the other eye is looking around. Plus more stability. I love the flip screens on both my main cameras for some kinds of shots, but my preference is still for EVFs, with which I feel more connected with both the camera and the scene unfolding around me.Also I think he's wrong about the lack of an EVF--my first camera was digital with an OVF I never used once and between that and my EPL2 I only used smart phones, I think there are a lot of millennials like me that couldn't care less about pulling something to your eye, and have grown up being able to take photos without losing all your peripheral context.
The RX100 has the same control wheel too. Agree, double standard.He seems to be applying double standards here - the review he linked to of the Sony RX100 was full of nothing but praise, yet the GM1 is heavily criticised for the lack of an EVF.
The criticism of the control ring is fair (although it's not caused me too much trouble so far), but the viewfinder comments are, frankly, odd.
Maybe for you. But I'm willing to bet for an entirely new generation of people who have been taking photos with ONLY their iPhones, would probably care less for an EVF and in fact probably feel uncomfortable using it.I disagree - speaking as someone who only got into photography in the digital age. A viewfinder (I often shoot right eye VF, left eye open) shot leaves me more aware of my surroundings because all the shooting and framing info is right there, and the other eye is looking around.
Well I think that's the problem. Hate to say it, but he's a dinosaur (no disrespect he is a good photographer). The GM1 wasn't built for him nor anyone who can't adapt. GM1 is a future forward camera almost tailored to people who have grown up using sensative touch screens, and cameras with no EVFs, and are unaware of the shortcomings new technology sometimes bring. These are not the people who have been using big chunky cameras up to their eye when taking a photo in the last decade. It's kinda like how people don't use fax machines any more because of email. But you have to realize that people don't email anymore EITHER, because now there is fb/twitter/chat etc. etc.Here's the thing, Reichmann has been using cameras longer than many people on this forum have been alive, and he's used lots of cameras.