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Old Dec 14, 2010, 4:45 PM   #1
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Hello all. I am 16 and looking to get into photography beyond point and shoots. I have been doing tons of research and have pretty much narrowed it down to these two cameras: the Panasonic Lumix G2 and the Olympus PEN E-PL1. I need to keep the camera kit under $600, this is why these 2 have appealed to me. The E-PL1 is $430 in the kit with lens and the G2 is around $550 with lens. Size will not matter, so the E-PL1 doesn't necessarily win here, because I do not care and they are both relatively small cameras. I am seeing images from both and they both seem very good, but equal to my untrained eye. I am wondering which one you guys think is better, and if for a beginner, it will really matter. Also, is the viewfinder really a deciding factor? I have shot with LCD screens before and not had much of a problem. But everywhere I see, when I upgrade to better lenses, people seem to be saying A viewfinder is necessary. Is it? If I want the E-PL1 with a viewfinder, it will be above my budget. I will also need the camera to do at least one extended video, like 20-30 minutes. Will both of these cameras handle it? I will be interviewing someone, so it will be on manual focus and not have to move. Also, the focusing time of the E-PL1 is not a big issue, because I am sure it is much faster than anything I have used before and I can upgrade lenses and improve that. So to you experienced guys, which one is better for me; the G2 or the E-PL1?
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I think the viewfinder should be a big one for you to consider. The G2 gives you both with no additional accessories...a big, beautiful eyelevel finder and the back LCD.

It's also, over the long-haul for someone like yourself, going to be a better learning tool. You can go crazy simple easy or, when you get more experienced, all the tools that make life easy are there too.

I have an E-PL1, but I also own a full-blown DSLR outfit too. If I were looking at these two and this was going to be my only "system", the G2 is what I would buy.

I can't really tell you much about the video-end on any of these cameras. I am strictly a stills shooter.
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Old Dec 14, 2010, 8:44 PM   #3
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How is the G2's image quality against the E-PL1? If they both are close, I will probably get the G2.
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That will be more up to you than the camera. They both are capable of excellent images if you use them right.

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I think the G2 is noisier at high ISO but it has a far better LCD and an excellent EVF. So, overall, the G2 has more to offer specially if you want the EVF (add another $280 for the VF-2).
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