I'm trying the decide between 2 cameras the panasonic g3 vs the olympus e-p2 (with or without the vf2 EFV). Both with the brands kit lenses (14-42 I think). It's these two mainly because a friend of mine is selling some of his old cameras and giving me a good deal. (Technically I COULD go with something else but for now it's these.)
Now, which is the "best" backpacking camera? Ha, I know that is a loaded question and it all depends...For years I've been carrying the panasonic lx3. I like that camera very much, but I want something that will do better. Of course I am sacrificing size and weight.
For me, the obvious benefit of the e-p2 is the built in shake control. It is also somewhat more pocketable which I would prefer but w/the viewfinder that sort of disappears.
The g3 is higher res 16mp sensor, built in flash (not a big thing for backpacking for me), and will work with some of the newer panasonic lenses from what I understand. (X series). The kit 14-42 lens is twice as big as the olympic one for the e-p2 so that is another size factor. I haven't had a chance to weigh them and weight is somewhat a factor, but a minor difference isn't a big deal. The g3 SEEMS to weigh a bit less. On the other hand, does that make the olympus more durable (better construction)? I trust panasonic because I've used the lx3 for a long time.
I do NOT plan on babying them in a huge padded case. A case, yes, but I would prefer to use it like a point and shoot...careful but not paranoid.
I mostly shoot landscapes but also shoot close up flower/plant shots and always try to get people I'm backpacking with also.
Anyway I'd appreciate any comments. Also, I have to decide today if I want to bring it on my backpacking trip tomorrow!