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Old Dec 31, 2010, 9:42 AM   #11
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I decided I definitely want a 4/3 camera because it's compact and has a large sensor. I do see that the Lumix GF1 which is more expensive, has the same exact sensor size but the video quality seems better is there a reason for that?
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Old Dec 31, 2010, 10:48 AM   #12
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I did read the GF1 doesn't have image stabilization is that true? I assume that it is much better to have image stabilization like the Olympus has (built in). Can I use the pancake 20mm f1.7 lumix lens on the Olympus E-PL1? seems that's where the great video quality comes from on the GF1.
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yes with none IS lenses there is no stabilization. Also the GF1 though has the same sensor, does not do as well with noise at higher iso then 800. You can use panny or oly lenses on all m4/3 cameras. The gf1, g1 and GH1 can only use some 4/3 lenses with adaptors while the oly can use all 4/3 lenses with adaptors. I use the panny 20 1.7 with the epl-1. Here is what it can produce at 1.7 and 1250 iso hand held with IS on the oly body
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So the PL1 has image stabilization even in video and GF1 doesn't? I also read that the PL1 has limit of 7min video so what happens after that? can I shoot another 7min right after?
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The GF1 has absolutely no IBIS, period. Unless you are shooting with a lens that has IS, you will have no IS. That's one of the greatest advantage of the EPL1 over the GF1.
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So the PL1 has image stabilization even in video and GF1 doesn't? I also read that the PL1 has limit of 7min video so what happens after that? can I shoot another 7min right after?
yes you are limited to 8 min clip, all you do is hit the video button and start another clip.
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Sounds good then thank you. Do you think I can get the same quality video from the Oly with the pancake lens as the GF1? I saw some amazing GF1/pancake videos on vimeo. I am also trying to see where I can find the best deal on the Oly body only. So far I've only seen it for $399 which is crazy as you can get it with a lens for $428 on Amazon.
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You should get some good video with the 20 1.7 with the oly. I took some video at a x-mas party in bangkok with the 20 1.7 they look pretty good.
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What's the difference between the E-PL1 and the E-P1? On Amazon they have the E-P1 with 17mm f/2.8 lens (similar to the 20 1.7 panasonic lens) and viewfinder for $522.

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better iso performance with the tweaks they did with the AA filter and sensor, built in flash are the big things. The AF is more accurate also. And you can use the VF-2 on the epl-1 ang ep-2, not an option with the ep-1.
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