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Old Nov 11, 2010, 7:57 PM   #1
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Default A compact camera similar to Leica M9?

Compact and the quality of a dSLR, HD videos but cheaper than the M9. 600 bucks as maximum.

I've found the olympus EPL-1 but it's nice but it is not a pocket camera.

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Old Nov 11, 2010, 8:24 PM   #2
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I have it, and it is a very nice camera, with dslr quality, and it is smaller then the M9 or a dslr. If you want dslr quality, and compact. The epl1 form olympus, the gf1 and gf2 form panasonic and the nex 3 and 3 form sony are your options.

The nex has soft lenses compare to the lenses form panasonic and olympus. And with either panasonic or olympus you can mix and match lenses from both companies. As they are both micro 4/3. The epl-1 performance better in low light then the panasonics'.
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Hi Shoturtle,
And what's their rating as far as picture quality is concerned?
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Old Nov 12, 2010, 3:14 AM   #4
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The epl-1 will match a aps-c dslr in iq upto 1600iso, but you have a bit less dof to work with, at f7.1-11 you have almost everything in focus. But it is smaller.

The nex image quality is excellent, if they only make better lenses for it. With MF lenses, the sony sensor really shines. But with the 2 kit lenses, it is a bit soft.
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Old Nov 12, 2010, 5:16 AM   #5
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Would u rate them in the following order of preference,
1) Sony Nex
2) Olympus Epl1
3) Panasonic GF's
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Old Nov 12, 2010, 5:54 AM   #6
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if you're rating based on jpg quality, i would list the epl1 first. if you're rating based on clear and easy to use controls, i'd say the panasonic g series (i own a gf1). i don't care for the nex controls - they're not at all intuitive, and although the cameras are a wee bit smaller than my gf1, the lenses aren't, and the pic quality isn't better than the epl1. the gf1 and epl1 can use each others' lenses, which means more to choose from, a plus for both.
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nope,
1 epl1,
2 gf1
3 nex very soft lenses, and confusing gui keeps it from being better then the gf1.
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