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12-08-2015, 08:45 PM - 1 Like   #46
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Go for the Olympus, or possibly the Panny GM-5 or even the cheaper GM-1 if you want the same size as the Q, but with a larger sensor and plentiful lenses available. I own two Qs and three Oly M4/3 cameras (Pen E-P1, E-M1 and E-M5). I used the Qs almost exclusively for a couple years, but felt I was often missing shots here and there due to poor focus and slow camera response - plus, Pentax never delivered on the promised prime lenses for the Q, which always irked me. Moving to Oly M4/3 was a vast improvement in usability, focus accuracy, ergonomics and image quality (of course - larger sensor). I think the slightly larger body size is actually a positive in handling the camera, but they are no where near the size of a DSLR, so size is still an advantage. I still love my little Qs, but I don't really use them much anymore (not to mention my K-5...).

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QuoteOriginally posted by emergo Quote
Go for the Olympus, or possibly the Panny GM-5 or even the cheaper GM-1 if you want the same size as the Q, but with a larger sensor and plentiful lenses available. I own two Qs and three Oly M4/3 cameras (Pen E-P1, E-M1 and E-M5). I used the Qs almost exclusively for a couple years, but felt I was often missing shots here and there due to poor focus and slow camera response - plus, Pentax never delivered on the promised prime lenses for the Q, which always irked me. Moving to Oly M4/3 was a vast improvement in usability, focus accuracy, ergonomics and image quality (of course - larger sensor). I think the slightly larger body size is actually a positive in handling the camera, but they are no where near the size of a DSLR, so size is still an advantage. I still love my little Qs, but I don't really use them much anymore (not to mention my K-5...).
Unfortunately for Pentax I have heard this way too often. Too many of us have waited for Pentax to get their act together or more accurately to get off their a. and start producing state of the art innovative products instead of always following behind. I really thought they had done that with the Q series but they dropped the ball before crossing into the end zone. While I enjoy using my Q7s, I added a Panny GM-5 to my photographic tool box instead of the less expensive GM-1 because the controls are more intuitive and of course it has the EVF which many folks like.
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This is the first time I have ever heard of someone going from a GM-5 to a Q. Strange!! As so many have gone in the opposite direction. What did you not like about the GM-5?
Controls were never where I expected them to be...It just seemed like everything was in the wrong place or unfindable. Even after careful manual reading. I chalked it up to the Q having a setup similar to my Nikons? Not much learning curve...almost everything is where I expect it to be. Plus, I had won the GM-5 in a raffle, I didn't really choose it. Since I was specifically going for a small, flexible purse camera, not to replace my DSLR, Q won in size and fun factor. (And selling the GM more than paid for the Q, so free camera!)
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