Trying out the Panasonic GH1

There are times when I want to carry a camera, but I don’t want to carry my full DSLR kit around.  For the past couple of years I have used a Panasonic LX3 for this role.  I purchased it when travelling in Asia and used it for some street photography first, where the small form factor was a nice benefit.  It’s tiny, by DSLR standards, has a wide angle zoom (24-60) for a point and shoot.  It also deals with low light reasonable well, both with a fast lens, and with acceptable high iso performance.

I like it, but I wanted to try something different recently.  I’ve been toying around with trying out a micro-4/3 system camera, so I picked up  Panasonic GH1 micro-4/3 camera to try out.  It’s larger than the LX3, but can swap lenses, has a larger sensor which should provide some ability to handle high iso better.  On a downside it’s got an EVF, but it does have an articulated liveview screen, and it’s still small compared to my DSLR.

I’ve had it for a week, and took it on a recent business trip.  I snapped the above picture out of a commuter plane while taking off from Salt Lake City.  It’s probably my first keeper from the camera.  I’m going to continue with it for awhile and see how it works.

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