Adorama has the Panasonic, micro 4/3 GM1 camera with 12-32mm pancake zoom for $598 which comes with a $200 Adorama Gift Card, dropping the price for the camera and lens to an effective $398! The lens itself retails for $348, and while that may be a little steep for the lens itself, it is a true 24mm e-fov wide angle lens that is sharper than many of the comparable prime lenses for the system at like aperture, across this zoom lens’ range. While the asking price for the lens itself might be debatable, the quality and sheer minuscule footprint cannot be. Sure that $200 gift card is only valid at Adorama, but if you’re like me, you’ll find a way to eventually spend two hundred bucks on something there.
That’s a pretty sweet deal for this little powerhouse of a camera and lens that I feel is the best kit lens I’ve used for the system.
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I bought my GM1 as soon as it was available, and it has been with me every day since, literally. With the right lenses, this camera is pocketable and is small enough to go anywhere. It has the same sensor as the GX7, which is rumored to also be included in the soon to be announced G7, which is a great performing sensor, especially for RAW file capture, and in my test/review, out performed the Sony sensor in the Olympus OMD EM5 in most every way. The GM5 is essentially the same exact camera with a hot shoe and an EVF. Both great additions, but for this price, I think it would be hard to find a better overall value of size, performance and build quality offered with the GM1. It’s a great little machine, and by little, I mean tiny.
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