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Possibly fitting into the door-bolting and bolted-horse category, I’m in the hunt for a new camera.

Throughout the Americas Trip I have carried and eventually learnt to use a Nikon D80 Digital SLR camera.  It was and is a great camera to use – we took a single 16-85mm (equivalent to 24-128mm on 35mm film) Nikkor lens.  With the combination weighing 668g + 485g = 1.15kg, and therefore more than the computer or Sarah’s sleeping bag there was but one area to improve on.  Other than the space it took up, my other main issue with it was my reluctance to have it out for people shots in the poorer countries we passed through.  I really wanted something less imposing and distracting.

So, wants….

  • lighter (not hard, given the weight of the D80 setup)
  • mirrorless (ie. not SLR)
  • subdued/retro design
  • button, rather than menu driven interface
  • interchangeable lenses – with good fast prime (fixed focal length) lenses and maybe a zoom option
  • ability to shoot in RAW + JPEG
  • weather resistent
  • a preference for a viewfinder

My shortlist, partially inspired by contact with users (Anna Kortschak and Joe Cruz) and others (Cass etc) is:

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

image: dpreview

image: dpreview

Fujifilm XPro-1

image: dpreview

image: dpreview

Olympus OM-D E-M5

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image: dpreview

They all have their pluses and minuses.  They’re all lighter than even the lens on the D80!  The Panasonic wins on size, the Fujifilm (probably) on image quality in low light etc, and the Olympus tantalises with weather-proofing…

All thoughts and comments welcome!

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