Are you in the market for a new street photography camera but getting lost in the sea of full-frame options? It's time to take a step back and consider the benefits of a smaller sensor camera. Micro Four Thirds cameras, like the Olympus OM-D E-M10, offer affordability, versatility, and most importantly, a lot of fun.
If you're unfamiliar with Micro Four Thirds, it's a standard for mirrorless camera systems that have a smaller sensor size compared to full-frame cameras. This smaller size allows for more compact cameras and lenses, which is great for street photography. And the best part? You can get a Micro Four Thirds body and one or two lenses for the same price as a full-frame camera body.
The Micro Four Thirds market is booming, with options ranging from photo-centric to hybrid video cameras. Some of the Lumix lineup, like the GH and GX series, are 4K capable with in-body stabilizationization. The sensors may top out at 16-20 megapixels, but this is a minor trade-off for the affordability and versatility you get with these cameras.
In a recent comparison, the author tested the E-M10 against a full-frame Sony A7C and found that while the autofocus on the E-M10 wasn't as fast as the A7C, it was still a solid option. The compact size of the E-M10, combined with the wrist strap, made it easier to maneuver and capture the perfect shot. The Sony 50 millimeter lens, while compact for a full-frame lens, still couldn't match the ease of use of the E-M10.
So, before you invest in that full-frame camera, consider the value and fun that a Micro Four Thirds camera can bring to your street photography. Head to Ebay, a used camera shop, or MPB, and start exploring the world of Micro Four Thirds. Your wallet will thank you and your creativity will soar.