A while ago someone asked me on tumblr to write about what camera’s i’d consider buying.. I wrote a little thing a while back showcasing three cameras (Canon Rebel Series, Fuji x100 and Panasonic GF!), to be honest not much has changed from that group. There are a few other cameras i’d consider, but I stick to what I know and what I like to use. So today I present to you three cameras I would consider buying.. of course everyone is going to want something different from a camera- so take this as my opinion, and my opinion only..
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When I consider a (digital) camera I take into account three things: size, low light capabilities (sensor size, f-stop), functionality. I’ve been using a Fuji X100 just over a year now and only have a few complaints about it, otherwise all round great camera. To me my digital camera is only suited towards my blog and happy snaps to fill my hard drive, I have my large format and 35mm for any work outside of that so at the end of the day it comes down to what’s portable.. If you don’t mind carrying around a hunk i’d honestly just buy what’s next in line for the Canon Rebel series (or Nikon if you prefer.. but I prefer Canon). More for your buck.
/1. Fuji X1Pro
First choice, the next step up from the X100. My biggest complaint with the X100 is how fucking slow it is.. the time it takes to focus, can be annoying and the buffering speed isn’t that great (if you’re using anything other than a 45mb/s SD card you’re shit out of luck). The minimum focus is also an issue, which varies between using the optical/electronic view finder- though the hybrid VF is certainly something I love. I don’t believe these issues have been addressed in the new X1Pro but there are a few new things- the main one being interchangeable lenses: 35mm F1.4, 60mm F2.4 Macro and 18mm F2. This is not a cheap camera (2.5x more expensive than the other two body only..) but it is certainly a beast. APS-C sized sensor out does the other two below, and i’ve only had amazing results from the X100.. it can only get better.
Other cameras below..
/2a. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
The original micro 4/3rds GF1 was an amazing camera, unfortunately ever release after that (GF2, GF3) was dumbed down for the average consumer taking away many controls you’d want access to. This is the next step from the GF1 (GF2, GF3 you can disregard). The return of the M43s comes with a disappointing 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 zoom lens (i’m not a fan) but if you can pick up one of the pancake 20mm F1.7 that came with the GF1 i’d highly recommend doing so. Lenses are interchangeable as always, and adapters are all over the market, worth getting so you can get funky with your old 35mm’s you’ve gone lying around.
/2b. Canon Powershot G1X
This comes as 2B, not because it’s anything less than the GX1, but because I can’t decide between them. I haven’t had my hands on it.. so I can’t say how it truly functions.. but if the reviews are anything to go by it’s definitely something to look into. What I find most impressive about this camera is its sensor size. Sitting a little larger than the M43 but not quite an APS-C, this is a generously sized sensor for a powershot body. Although not an interchangeable lens system (..bummer) it does fit an approx 28-112mm F2.8 – F5.8. Nothing special, certainly not a lowlight player, but if you’re after something compact (not truly compact.. just throw in your bag camera) i’d suggest this..