Panasonic GX1 vs Leica Digilux 3 in San Francisco


Fisherman's Wharf_San Francisco by Panasonic GX1

Fisherman’s Wharf_San Francisco by Panasonic GX1

I bought the Panasonic Lumix GX1 right before the trip to San Francisco.

But it is a bit risky to 100% depend on a brand new camera….at least to me…..

So, my 5 year old Leica Digilux 3 came with me as well. But due to the weight, Leica was consentrated to telephoto lens Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm F3.5-4.5 because I haven’t had a telephoto lens for Panasonic GX1.

Fisherman's Wharf_San Francisco by Leica Digilux 3

Fisherman’s Wharf_San Francisco by Leica Digilux 3

Well…..It is not bad at all….although the Olympus lens is a kind of economy class.

Newer Panasonic looks clearer….but that is because it is shorter lens. Leica one looks a bit dull because of the longer lens and that is exaggerating  the amount of back light.

I quite like both of them and I can say Panasonic is still keeping “Leica taste” which they learned when they started digital camera with Panasonic LC5 and later LC1 and L1.

Now, Olympus which share the same micro four-thirds system shifted to SONY sensor and people says they are better. But I think Panasonic still have some advantage such as “Leica taste” which does not appear on catalog spec.

Today, people enlarge images on computer screen and check resolution easily. That kind of simple test rates what is good and what is bad.

There are some more things to talk about photography…..but people simply think image with no noise are better.

Panasonic has more noise than SONY sensored Olympus….but it does not mean Olympus is better on everything.

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