I certainly would have never thought that this small camera could be so versatile and produce such pleasing results. As I wrote yesterday I've decided to keep it for a while at least and have just ordered some more batteries for it.
So I have in essence a portable tethered system. One that I can carry around when walking short distances and be able to get superb results from stills and video. And I have the choice of the GM1 or GX7 cameras to do this with. I only have three AF lenses for the cameras currently - Olympus 17mm f/1.8, 45mm f/1.8 and Panasonic 12-32mm and these are all small and light as well. Now I'm in no hurry to rush out and buy more lenses because I'm getting some great results from those.
Finally all of this does bring home to me that the quality of the images we can produce depends much of the time not on the actual cameras and lenses we use but the way that we use them. Also the way that we prepare to use them as well. Tripods make lenses look sharper than any IS system, as does selecting the apertures that give the optimum results for any given lens. I doubt anyone would believe the outfit I'm shooting these images on and certainly from their quality clients and the people who buy my pictures would never guess what the camera / lens combination looked like, nor I imagine how much it cost.
It isn't of course an outfit that is able to handle all aspects of photographic work. Obviously this is completey useless for sports and most kinds of high pressure, react quickly situations. But for situations where I as a photographer have a degree of control then this tablet control can be a really significant help. Tablets, iPad's etc. are smaller and less 'static' than computers, including laptops and larger, better quality and easier to operate than phones. Ideal for the location photographer really. There is also the situation that I can review the images on my iPad screen with them still on the card in the camera. Obviously a much better way of seeing if the images are 'right' than using the screen or having to transfer them to a computer. The only drawback I can see is using it in bright sunlight how long the charge in my iPad will last. I can replace the batteries in my camera but I need to charge up my iPad. I'll have to look into some options so that I can charge it up in the car.
I'm really hoping for some sun today so I can go out and test how it works in 'the real world' and in conditions that I shoot most of my pictures. I'll post the results when I'm able to do that.
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