Steve's Digicams Forums

Steve's Digicams Forums (
-   What Camera Should I Buy? (
-   -   Should I get a Nikon D90 or a Panasonic GH1? (

vsanzbajo Jun 22, 2010 9:13 PM

Should I get a Nikon D90 or a Panasonic GH1?
I can not decide, please help?
I am interested in Image quality, build quality and overall performance. I now the Panasonic is smaller but that is not a selling point for me.

mtclimber Jun 22, 2010 9:43 PM

i would stay away from m4/3.

Sarah Joyce

vsanzbajo Jun 22, 2010 9:45 PM

How come? Anything I should be aware of Sarah?

shoturtle Jun 22, 2010 9:57 PM

Depends on what you like to shoot, if you need low light or action. A full dslr would be a better tool. I shoot both m4/3 and a dslr. M4/3's big advantage is compact size. As it makes for a good travel companion. The Panny is also a very good tool if HDR if it is something you are interested in. But at the moment lenses are a bit on the expensive size with m4/3. And they do not have as many options yet, though they are growing. The AF system on the panny is good, but not as good as the d90.

mtclimber Jun 22, 2010 9:59 PM

Yes, it is just a personal opinion, but I feel the M4/3 are over priced and under featured. Look carefully, and compare any M4/3 camera against a DSLR like the Canon T1i, and you will see very little difference.

Sarah Joyce

vsanzbajo Jul 24, 2010 11:11 PM

I am leaning towards the Panasonic, cheaper. Please let me know if you think I am making a mistake

shoturtle Jul 24, 2010 11:30 PM

With the GH1, you get a much better camera for HDR and HD video. But if you are into action shooting, it is not as good as a dslr. In low light the DSLR is better as the GH1 is only good to about 800iso. But if compact size is important to you, the GH1 is smaller and easier to travel with.

The GH1 unlike the new G2 and G10 can not use all the 4/3 lenses on the market with and adapter. So that can be a concern. That issue will be resolved in the GH2.

mtclimber Jul 24, 2010 11:41 PM

It really depends on what you want to shoot. The D-90 triumphs in high ISO capability, and as an action shot camera, with the very best flash system in the industry.

Panasonic is very weak, with a very limited selection in external flashes. The GH-1 is ISO limited, does excellent video, but is sure not an action camera. You just have many more features and capabilities available to you with the Nikon D-90.

Sarah Joyce

shoturtle Jul 25, 2010 12:05 AM

The GH1 has a heck of a lens, the 14-140mm HD lens is a really good lens. If brought separately it is 800 dollars just for the lens.

vsanzbajo Jul 25, 2010 1:42 AM

But the GH1 takes quality pictures, right?

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 9:34 PM.