The GX-100 is here!
I’ll be posting impressions along the way as I get acquainted with this cam, along with a more comprehensive review down the line. With that, here are the initial impressions (many of my impressions are relative to experience with the Casio ex-p600):
- it’s smaller than expected (but larger than the ex-p600)
- build is a little flimsier than expected, especially controls, but decent overall
- widely reported “lens wobble” not as noticeable as expected
- I really like the step-zoom feature
- nice 1:1 aspect ratio option
- can’t have 2/3rds cross hairs and histogram at same time
- widely reported audible noise is less than expected (not significantly worse than ex-p600)
- a little slower to write files, review pictures (although I’m using a generic SD card for initial testing, so it could be that)
And last, but certainly not least, re: noise. There is certainly a fair amount of noise visible at almost all ISO levels. I was steeling myself for the worst, and it’s good that I did. There is a lot more to say about the topic of noise in the GX-100, however, so I’ll save further comment for later.
Overall, I’m quite pleased so far with the camera for the purchase price.
This is a jpeg snap straight out of the camera, B&W mode, 1:1 format. No manipulations. According to the EXIF, the ISO is “135”. Next image example I’ll lock down the ISO.