High on the Mountain Top
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Panasonic GM1 - a tiny gem of a camera.
In my never ending quest to find the perfect hiking / climbing / skiing camera that takes interchangeable lenses, I've come across a tiny m43 (micro 4/3) camera that is incredibly small and beats on the Sony RX100II that I've used for the past year.
As good as the Sony is (and it's awesome), the GM1 can take any m43 lens ever made, and this is a lot of choice / flexibility! The kit lens is an excellent 12-32mm (24-64mm equiv.) which works for almost any landscape situation. I also have the tiny Panasonic 14mm (28mm) f/2.5, Olympus 45mm (90) f/1.8 and 40-150mm (80-300) lenses for options and better IQ when I need it.
Other lenses that would work on this tiny body are the Olympus 12mm (24) f/2, Olympus 60mm (120) f/2.8 Macro and the large Olympus 75-300mm (150-600) telephoto for wildlife shots.
I can carry the camera with the kit lens in the same sized padded shoulder case that I carried the RX100II in. One of the best features is the ability to simply touch the screen where I want to focus and then press the shutter. Very fast and very flexible. No more "focus and recompose" - much easier to take closeup shots of flowers etc. I'll post more as I use the gear this summer.