The rather wonderful Panasonic GM1 + 45-175mm X lens. Pictures on The Big Screen.

It's VERY small, smaller than a lot of mobile phones and it takes incredibly good pictures, comparable with much more expensive and much larger cameras. It's easy to use, fast, responsive and truly a 'pocket rocket.' It's the rather wonderful GM1. If you want a go anywhere, unobtrusive and virtually anonymous camera with interchangeable lenses, look no further. I can't think of anything else that has this size to quality ratio. And I include the Sony RX100 in that.

When I bought it, I wondered how long I would keep it, but it's still here and I'm still using it. Last time was a couple of days ago fitted with my 45-175mm X zoom as a telephoto complement to my Nokia 1020 (see pictures above). The zoom is incredibly useful and very underrated. It is in fact very good for both stills and video. It's nice to handle, light, small and makes a nice pair with the 14-42mm zoom. The camera and the lens is gear that doesn't get many peoples attention these days, but both are testament to Panasonic's ability to produce high quality gear with small footprints and relatively low prices.

No good whatsoever of course for those who carry cameras to impress other photographers. No one will be looking enviously in your direction if you carry this combination around. Which is, of course, a perfect situation for me, since I can get on with the important business of creating pictures.

So a great little camera, but one that could be improved. Because some cameras are great as cameras but less than useful as picture creating devices. This below is by no means as good as the GM1 for image quality.

 It's a Samsung Galaxy 2 camera. But then it has this.

Due to my iPad editing my wife Ann and I have decided to stop fighting over who gets to use it and buy an extra one. An iPad Mini. Yesterday we went to have a look at some tablets just to make sure and decided that the iPad has most of what we want and more importantly we know how to use it. So we did a bit of 'showrooming' at PC World and promptly bought it from Amazon significantly cheaper. While doing this I played with the above Samsung. It actually looks and feels very good, but the killer feature is that screen. It's just fantastic. As I've mentioned before all digital cameras should have this.

I used to be very 'sniffy' about using a live view screen to shoot pictures with, but that was before I encountered the wonders of the Nokia 1020. And the Samsung is equally big and clear. So again I've ordered one from Amazon. Now I don't like doing this but everybody else charges £340 or thereabouts for it here in the UK and Amazon charge £250. So a no-brainer really. And yes they may well take over the retailing world and have us all by the bollards, but I'll take advantage when I can at the moment. 

Now from the samples I've seen the Samsung isn't going to blow me away with the sharpness and clarity of it's images, but it will make a nice 'amateur' inconspicuous set with the Nokia. And since I'm going to torture and filter the files within an inch of their lives, it probably doesn't matter much. Anyway I thought I'd give it a try. Will report back when it arrives.

Just to say that I haven't given up on my non-phone cameras either. Far from it, as I'm actually using them in conjunction with my Nokia. And thanks again to Amazon, this time having them in stock before anybody else, I've got a Fuji 18-135mm on the way. So for those of you who thought I'd given up on Fuji, think again. I've decided that rather than decide what to sell and what to keep, at the moment I'm keeping everything. I think the Samsung is my 13th. camera and the Fuji lens, well I've stopped counting! Anyway, some new gear to use and make pictures with. 

And no, my 'ennui' with the photographic internet and it's nerdy gear related ethos hasn't diminished any, I just think I can get some great stuff with the Fuji zoom. After all I'm filtering everything into extinction anyway these days, so I can indulge myself in what I use rather without bothering about the minutae of performance parameters. 

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