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June 21st 2012 8:40 pm

Panasonic DMC-GX1 or Sony NEX-5N?

So if I were to get an ILC camera system and my only two bundled choices were the Panasonic GX1 with the Power Zoom 14-42mm lens kit or the Sony 5N with the 18-55mm lens kit, what would you decide? I was deciding between the two and am trying to decide partially on price. I could get the Panasonic GX1 for $715 or the Sony 5N for $670. I would think I would have to get the flash kit for the Sony for $150. had a decent breakdown but I wanted to see if anyone else can shed some light on the two choices.
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Tough call. Comparing the bundled lens options I think I'd go with the Sony 5N. However as an ecosystem I'd prefer the Lumix since the micro 4/3s spec opens up more lens options (particularly wider aperture lenses than Sony's current lineup). Sony has never been good at leaving the "Proprietary" sandbox; meanwhile the Lumix is compatible with some competitor lenses and third party manufacturers like Lecia.

If you get the kit the 5N is great. If you plan on expanding to specialty lenses go with the Lumix.
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