A reader of this blog sent me an email the other day. She asked “Currently, I am looking at the Sony Nex 5n, Olympus Pen P3, Fujifilm X10 or the x100?. Low light shooting is important as well as being able to work well in most settings. Your suggestions or feedback would be greatly appreciated.” I know a proper discussion can turn into a long dissertation and requirements like “able to work well in most settings” is a really open-ended question that requires more probing. However, I came up with a short answer, one that I thought would interest my readers. So here was my email response.
OK here are my opinions. I haven’t shot with the X100 much so I can’t comment personally, though a good friend of mine uses one.
If you want the highest quality, flexible and easy to use system with the kit zoom lens get a Sony NEX 5n.
If you want the smallest camera with a zoom lens get a Fujifilm X10.
If you are willing to buy and use prime lenses and want the flexibility of changing lenses get a Olympus Pen E-P3
If you like the 35mm focal length with probably the highest image quality in the group, especially good with white balance with flash, the get the X100.
Is that specific enough for you? It all depends on how you want to use the camera.
My personal favorite is the Olympus E-P3 because I love the colors, exposure and there are a lot of great prime lenses (12mm f2, 14mm f2.5 20mm f1.7, 25mm f1.4, 45mm f1.8). However if I’m going to use just the kit zoom, I wouldn’t pick the Olympus. If you need/want video along with still photography, then the Sony NEX 5n will do a better job than the other 3 cameras.
If you are thinking about the Fujifilm X100, than I would also consider the Olympus OM-D E-M5. This Olympus is brand new but looks really good. I’ve only played with it for a few minutes but from what I read from reviews, it might be my top pick.
Hope this information helps.
So what do you think? Do you agree with my assessment? There are certainly other mirrorless cameras out there to consider but the reader is considering a nice selection. It is certainly an exciting time for photographic equipment.