/ Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 for Alpine climbing
Compared to, for example, an EOS 600D I'm interested to know how the camera might behave above the snowline, how the viewfinder will function with a circular polariser, and how the battery life will stand up in cold conditions. I'm not bothered about the limited lens selection.
Have played around with cameras in the shops but interested in feedback from anybody who has purchased.
Fairly sure most of these pics were taken with a Panasonic camera. I just cant remember which model.
I was looking at this a couple of weeks ago, when I bought an S100. I also thought it would make a good climbing camera, of the bigger type, to replace a DSLR. I'd previously written off 4/3 cams because they're too big for a pocket but lack the DSLR IQ. The lenses on the 4/3 are often so big that overall they're not much smaller than a Nikon 3100 DSLR.
I thought the G3 might be better when teamed with the compact 14-42 powerzoom but this lens got so many poor reviews, and as it's quite expensive, I didn't think it was worth it.
I was also a bit put off with the batteries. It seems you can't get generic batteries for a Panasonic (wrong?) so my usual tactic of getting 2 or 3 generic spares, to deal with the cold, made it very expensive.
There's so many good cameras around now, and so many are so similar, that I think it's really important, at least for a climbing camera, to go into a shop and see what these things are actually like in the flesh. Once in the hand, you immediately write off some otherwise very nice cameras.
DMC-G3 batteries are £8.97 from Amazon.
Aha .. Check the small print:
"NOTE: Battery functions exactly as the original Panasonic battery but will not display the battery indication due to restrictions from Panasonic chipping"
Depends whether you can live with that, I suppose.
Some additional info from Thom
Thanks for the replies. Complete change of mind. Am going to get myself a Sony NEX-5N. Looks the perfect camera for high quality pics in a small body.
I dont know mate, the lens choice kinda sucks for Sony NEX at the moment.
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