Camera Shopping in Japan

While in Kumatori, Osaka, Bridget and I went shopping at a local Aeon center, where I got a chance to take a look at some yummy camera equipment. One of my favorite reasons to come to Japan is to get my hands on Japan-exclusive gear, like this white Lumix GF-1 (above), which I absolutely fell in love with. It controls very similarly to the Lumix LX-3, so it felt right as soon as I started using it, although I simply can’t imagine using a compact camera that doesn’t have dual control rings like the Canon S90 anymore (control freak!). What impressed me most about the GF1 was its very speedy performance for a mirrorless camera. The auto-focus speed, in particular, is incredibly snappy for this class of camera.

The store also carried the very newly released Olympus EP-L1 (above). I liked the size of the camera, but found the controls to be a little awkward to use. The rear LCD is also kind of…meh.

On the other hand, I liked the GF-1 so much that I had a very difficult time resisting the temptation to walk out of the store with the 20mm f/1.7 and the “storm trooper white” body, Japanese menu system and all. Reason, however, prevailed over gadget-lust in the end. I can’t really see a place for this camera in my bag right now. Sure is a nice piece of gear though!

Top Image: Canon S90 at 10mm f/2.8 ISO400 1/400 second

Bottom Image: Canon S90 at 6mm f/4 ISO80 1/30 Second

2 thoughts on “Camera Shopping in Japan

  1. I saw quite a few people using these cameras in Kyoto! 😀
    (I saw a girl carry GF-1 of white body, which is so nice!)
    Well, I brought mine, but hmmm, it has no view finder, just LCD(?) screen as you know, so I preferred using film SLR:P Anyway I didn’t take as many photos as I thought. You took thousands of photos, I bet, and you’re having hard time browsing and organizing them:)) It’s another lovely time about travel, isn’t it?

  2. You’re so right Akane. I have so many to go through! I know exactly what you mean about composing with a screen instead of a viewfinder too. Because I started with film SLR’s myself, I still find it awkward without a viewfinder. But I must say, I really love that white GF-1!

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