Best Walk Around Camera | Lumix GF1
I grabbed the Panasonic GF1 on Saturday in Namdaemun. I gave up on Chungmuro after an hour or so of walking around in vain trying to nab a deal. I had worked in the area a few years ago, so I’m pretty familiar with what shops to check out. But honestly, there are far greater deals to be had in Namdaemun. I wasn’t only shopping for the Panasonic GF1 but also a series of lenses. All the prices I was being quoted were far and above what I found elsewhere, and were almost on par with what PixDix sells them for. PixDix is just about the last place in the city I’d shop for gear. Beautiful layout and friendly staff, but more than a premium price. Anyhow, I found a shop in Namdaemun and the sales guy threw in a 16GB SanDisk memory stick, custom leather case and UV filter for good measure. I’ve said it before, and I’ll reiterate now, Namdaemun is the best place to grab good deals here if you’re against shopping online.
Now I don’t ever see myself doing away with full-size DSLRs altogether, but I’m pretty impressed so far at just what this nifty Micro Four Thirds camera can do. I had spent the better half of Sunday around Garosugil at my new favourite brunch hangout, Le Brunchie (542-1985), for some Eggs Benedict (14,000), Chicken Salad (12,000) and a Cappucinno. I was pretty happy at how sharp the shots turned out. But pretty much any digital camera these days can take sharp shots during the daytime. What I really wanted to find out is just how well the GF1 could perform in low-light, handheld conditions. So later that evening, I headed over to Bongeunsa to see how the GF1 handled. I’m pretty critical when it comes to low-light situations because Nikon is light years ahead of the game when it comes to that. They have been for years. A few were duds, but the set below turned out pretty well. They were taken with the 20mm f/1.7 kit lens. I’ll be posting more sets this week.
I was considering the Olympus E-P1, the GF1’s immediate competitor, but I found the shutter lag annoying. The GF1 is pretty fast in comparison.