by Mike McNamee Published 01/06/2014
Although we do not ordinarily test consumer cameras, our interest was piqued by the GX 7 when we learned that member, Ian Cook, was using one behind the goalmouths at soccer's Premier Division games. Not as his main camera you must understand, but to explore the possibilities of linking to his mainstream Nikons and synchronising the shooting via a modified Pocket Wizard.
Mirrorless technology is, by now broadly established and the DPReview website listed 72 'mirrorless compacts' right off. They also incidentally conducted a comparison review of the seven cameras listed below which is worth a look. As ever in our reviews, we do not intend to go through the manual page by page but to concentrate on what the camera might do for a professional photographer.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6
Sony Alpha NEX-6
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
Sony Alpha NEX-5T
The 4/3 Micro technology is used widely and has the advantage of being an open standard. Hence the GX7 has an armoury of 24 lenses listed but that is only those made by Panasonic, the longer list is discussed later.
You cannot escape the fact that a 4/3 chip has only got 25% of the silicon area that is available to a full-frame camera. Despite the claims to the contrary, nothing trumps pixel surface area in terms of light gathering, but we were curious to see how much of a compromise you have to make in stepping down. Societies' members such as Damian McGillicuddy have been using 4/3 cameras for some time and both Trevor Yerbury and Damian Lovegrove have been gushing in their praises of the slightly larger chipped Fuji X-Pro.
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