Thursday, October 17, 2013

News: Nikon D5300 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

With the holidays around the corner, camera manufacturers are rolling out their new products. Just in the last week I've talked about the Sony Alpha 7R, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7, the Pentax K-3 and the Nikon D610. Now today Nikon announced the D5300 DSLR and Panasonic announced the Lumix DMC-GM1 compact interchangeable-lens.

The Nikon D5300 is the follow-up to the mid-level APS-C D5200 DSLR. The big difference is that the D5300 does not include an anti-aliasing filter, meaning that the images will be slightly sharper but may be susceptible to moire pattern distortion. It also includes built-in WiFi. There are a few other minor changes, but none that are worth mentioning. It is not a big upgrade, just another way to try to get into your wallet during the holidays.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 is a micro-four-thirds compact interchangeable-lens camera. It is the smallest interchangeable-lens camera, in fact, coming in just a hair smaller than the underwhelming Pentax Q7. There isn't a whole lot to be excited about with this camera outside of its small size. If you simply want the smallest, something that is good for travel perhaps, than this camera may be for you.

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