Is my DSLR compact enough? Small enough?

Andrewteee

All-Pro
Jul 8, 2010
123
Even some mirror-less cameras are beginning to get some size. The Panasonic GH3 appears to be almost as large as my Nikon D7000, and I do not consider the Nikon a compact.
Size is not so much of an issue for me. I've tried a number of compact cameras and some are simply too small (the GRD4 is about my threshold). It's the weight that's more of an issue. Carrying my Olympus E-5 + ginormous f2 zoom lens was a burden. So a larger M43s camera will offer improved handholding size (for larger hands) but with the weight benefit of M43s lenses.
 

Ripleysbaby

supernatural anesthetist
Sep 9, 2011
123
Cumbria UK
Garry
Could not resist this. I'll give it a go for a while. Sold my original about 7 years ago. Always regretted it. It's bigger and heavier than i remember, but it' dead comfy in the hand. Its spotless too with only 6.5k on the clock.

_DSC4825 by sucofni, on Flickr
 

grebeman

Old Codgers Group
Could not resist this. I'll give it a go for a while. Sold my original about 7 years ago. Always regretted it. It's bigger and heavier than i remember, but it' dead comfy in the hand. Its spotless too with only 6.5k on the clock.

_DSC4825 by sucofni, on Flickr
I've got one of them gathering dust, perhaps I'll be able to keep you company (as it were) from time to time. Mind you mine's smaller :biggrin: , no add on battery pack :)

Barrie
 

Ripleysbaby

supernatural anesthetist
Sep 9, 2011
123
Cumbria UK
Garry
Surprised to find not a lot of extra weight, But better balance and more comfortable to hold than body only . The grip will be staying on for a while. Also make low level shooting a doddle,
even though the camera is wrong:biggrin: way up
 

Biro

Super Moderator
Aug 7, 2011
124
Jersey Shore
Steve
You know what? I almost bought an Olympus E-420 with 14-54mm f2.8-3.5 a few years ago. I've always regretted not pulling the trigger on that. I guess all I can do is hope the next generation of Olympus micro four-thirds cameras will be able to take lenses like that without adaptors while offering full performance. But I really liked the simple and small E-420 a lot. The fact that it lacked IBIS didn't bother me a bit.
 

marlof

Trying to focus
Dec 25, 2010
124
The Netherlands
Marlof
I also still havve my E-1 with 14-54 and battery grip. It is supposed to sit next to the E-P1 with 17 2.8 as a monument, but I can't seem to get my hands off them...
 

Lili

Hall of Famer
Oct 17, 2010
123
Dallas, TX
Lili
You know what? I almost bought an Olympus E-420 with 14-54mm f2.8-3.5 a few years ago. I've always regretted not pulling the trigger on that. I guess all I can do is hope the next generation of Olympus micro four-thirds cameras will be able to take lenses like that without adaptors while offering full performance. But I really liked the simple and small E-420 a lot. The fact that it lacked IBIS didn't bother me a bit.
I still have my E410, it is a little sweetie, especially with the 25mm pancake.
 

pictor

All-Pro
Jul 14, 2010
124
If you've been wondering whether or not it's OK to discuss your smaller DSLR here or post photographs, please check out this thread which has recently been updated: https://www.photographerslounge.org/f17/what-compact-my-camera-compact-16/ The bottom line is if the camera is larger than what feels small to you, you won't consider it small, but if it feels small to you, it is small enough.:flowers_2:
Therefore, those people who consider a camera small, are allowed to discuss it, but other people who consider the same camera as big, are not allowed to discuss it. Or even better: People who consider a Nikon D800 small are allowed to discuss it, but people who consider a Panasonic GH3 as big are not allowed to discuss it.
 

pdh

Legend
Jan 2, 2011
123
Exactly.
It's the perfect form of forum self-policing - no moderation required!
:biggrin:
 

Gubrz

O.* Gonzo's & Bentley's Dad
Jun 5, 2012
103
Austin, TX
Eliot
im hoping to get a used e1 just for nostalgia
its been the best feeling camera to hold ive ever tried
by a big margin!
can i fit on a new 3" screen??? lol
 

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