Compact System Camera Wish List (and advice wanted!)*

With a big birthday approaching I’ve been given the task of coming up with what I would like as my “big” gift. I suppose it’s more traditional to ask for a keepsake gift such as a piece of jewellery or designer accessory but I’m not in need of either of these things, nor is there anything realistic that I have my eye on. So I’ve gone down the practical route and I’m putting serious consideration in to asking for a Compact System Camera as an upgrade and accompaniment to my current Canon DSLR- and this, dear readers is where you come in. I don’t have a particularly extensive camera knowledge so I’ve drawn up a short list and I’m hoping that from this I can get some advice on which one to pick…

(all images from John Lewis)

I’ve done a bit of reading around but to some extent the information goes over my head. What I really need is to know what cameras you guys are loving! Based on a bit of blog and social media stalking I know that the Olympus PEN is popular (and it certainly looks the prettiest) but am I better off sticking to Canon which is a brand I know and get on with? Or branch out in to new territory completely and try a brand I’ve never had a camera from such as the Lumix DMC-GX80 Best Compact Camera Panasonic? I’ve also thrown models from Fujifilm and Sony in to the mix which are both brands I have little experience with…I’m not especially loyal to any one brand (unless Apple bought out compact system cameras in which case I might be) but price is a consideration although if one of the pricier models gets the best votes I would be more than happy to add some of my own savings towards it.

Essentially this post is a plea for help! You have until April to help me make up my mind- and I will of course report back on the end result!


Model Behaviour

I’ll let you in on a little secret- about ten years ago I had it in my head that I’d like to be a model. It seems absurd to me now as I know I have neither the looks or nor personality to make it. Still, when fellow blogger and talented photographer Milly Tillson asked if I would act as a model for one of her university projects it did kind of feel like I was living my dream for a few hours. Milly recently sent me over some of the photos from the day and said I could share them on the blog, seeing them for the first time was slightly surreal- it’s amazing what some good lighting, a pro behind the camera and no doubt some clever editing can do for one’s self esteem!

The clothes were a mix of Primark, H&M and vintage if I recall correctly. There’s not much else I can say on the matter apart from thanks to Milly for asking me to be involved!

It’d be cool to hear what you guys think (click on the images to view them full size).