Dorset Wedding Photograper – A small camera big on image quality – Panasonic GX1
As a Wedding photographer I am always looking for ways to get better images for my clients, be it new lenses, new and better camera bodies or a different way of working. Now don’t get me wrong. It’s not all about the equipment you use. I can get great images with whatever camera, if you look at when I started photographing weddings over 8 years ago now and look at the equipment available then and the equipment available now, then technologically the equipment available today is leaps and bounds ahead of where we were. In terms of image quality, autofocus, resolution, handling, image security to name but a few of the areas in which cameras and lens technology has progressed. Recently it had been brought to my attention that the Panasonic GX1 was a camera worthy of a look at.
For those of you unfamiliar with this camera, it’s a tiny little thing compared to the professional dSLR that I normally carry around. This camera still produces a 16 megapixel image which is more than sufficient for wedding albums and prints up to A3+ so I was interested to see if it had a place in my bag alongside my more traditional wedding equipment.
As you may have seen previously I love being a second photographer at a wedding as it gives me freedom to try out a few things I wouldn’t get time to try when I am the main wedding photographer. As luck would have it I was second photographer for three different weddings with three different photographers Alex of ABS Photography, Tim of Tim Churchill Photography and Matt Fryer of Matt Fryer Photography at three different venues Mirimar Hotel in Bournemouth, Lytchett Parish Church & Canford Magna Golf Course and The Tunnels in Ilfracoombe, Devon). I took along the Panasonic GX1 and the only lens I have for it the Panasonic 25/1.4 (equivalent of 50/1.4 on a full frame camera for those tech-heads out there).
In order to get the best from this camera I thought i’d see how it handled and how the images from it came out. So first I used my usual cameras to get the shots i’d normally get (this was important as I still wanted to make sure my colleagues got their images if it turned out the GX1 wasn’t up to the job) then I did some different photographs using the GX1 as a candid camera to see how it did in this role. I also made some images of the bride and groom to see how suitable it was for this kind of portraiture. Finally I also made some indoor images of details and guests to see how it would handle low light in both focusing and image noise and sharpness. The first dance photo for example was taken at ISO6400 1/60 @ 1.4 which is pretty dark and focussing was brilliant.
So without further waffle here are some of the images, would love to hear your thoughts on taking a GX1 or other small camera to a wedding either as a replacement for or as a supplement to a dSLR and how you think it would/wouldn’t work.