Migration to Mirrorless Digital Cameras

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The dawn of a new era is upon us. For more than 100 years, camera companies have been trying to squeeze the best specs into the smallest available formats. Smartphones and point-and-shoot cameras are too limiting, and digital SLRs are too bulky. Enter the Mirrorless Generation. Now, we can pack big image quality into a small, travel-friendly package.

Whether you are looking for a new camera or one to complement your existing system, Gabriel Biderman will help you wade through the latest crop of mirrorless cameras. With some companies offering up to five levels of mirrorless cameras, we will focus on the higher-end ones that Biderman feels can replace your DSLR—in most situations. 

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I'm driving myself crazy trying to choose the right pro-level mirrorless camera without breaking the bank. I've watched every youtube review and comparison and have read countless reviews and comparisons. I've narrowed it down to the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the Panasonic Lumix GX7 (I think). I'm trying to justify the difference in price. I do mostly candid photography stills, but I still want my videos to be great. ???? Can you help?

The two cameras have similar specifications, and both are great quality options to consider.  I feel the Olympus in this instance has a bit of an edge over the Panasonic in that it has a higher top burst rate of 10 frames per second (vs. 5fps in the Panasonic) and also has multiple flash connection options making it a bit more versatile for future work.  If the burst rate does not matter for you, the Panasonic is less expensive, and is a slightly smaller size/design – a bit more discreet in appearance for good street shots.  It looks less like a conventional camera than the Olympus does.   Ultimately if you purchased one, and were not happy with it, you could return it and exchange it for the other (we offer a 30 day return policy period).