With the launch of Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GF3, the company’s smallest interchangeable-lens camera just got even more compact and lighter while maintaining a strong set of features. Surely there has to be compromises?
Olympus’s E-PM1 is the company’s smallest micro four thirds camera to date, aiming for the same buyers as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3. We have not tested the E-PM1, but the specification suggests there is little to choose between it and the GF3. However, the E-PM1 does feature a hotshoe.
The Pentax Q system may be the smallest interchangeable-lens camera system, but its significantly smaller imaging sensor means that the system has more in common with a compact camera and will probably fall short of the GF3.
Sony has recently released the replacement for its smallest CSC camera in the form of the NEX-C3. It has a larger APS-C imaging sensor than the GF3 and a hotshoe port to mount an external viewfinder or flash, but instead of a built-in flash an external flash is included. We find its handling a little tricky, especially for those wanting to use manual controls.