Posted By RichC on November 26, 2016
No visits to the mall, stores or even online shopping for me on Black Friday, but I have started the process of looking for a new camera "system" to replace my aging DSLR.
With my first granddaughter on the way, it might be time to get back to my roots and revisit my old hobby of photography again. I have been thinking about upgrading my Canon and have looked at the improvement since the early 2000s (last upgrade) but I really needed an excuse to buy something modern. Oh there were the TDIClub and CinciTDI HowTo videos that I would have enjoyed a better camera, but the Canon was good enough up to this point.
The most desirable for me at this time is the Lumix GX8 mirrorless 4K camera (above). There are a few standout features like the smaller micro four thirds format, 20.3 MP, 4K video, and being "splash proof" … but really the fantastic software feature built into the system take optics and quality to the next level (although most modern cameras do as well). As someone who has learned photography fundamentals since my first darkroom even before high school, I still wanted the ability to apply my "dying" skills manually and have offer a near professional level platform to enjoy the hobby now. As for a current single lens, I’d be happy pairing it with a fair all-around lens like the Lumix G Vario Lens 14-140mm F3.5-5.6 powered Optical zoom.
Could I live with a less expensive camera … yes, but this may be my last so might as well enjoy something nice and start learning the MANY feature associated with the Lumix system while I can still grasp it!