After all the reading I've been doing here and elsewhere, I finally got the chance this evening to handle a G1! None of the local camera stores carry it - but was in a big furniture-and-electronics store this evening and, somewhat to my surprise, saw one in the display case.
Even more to my surprise, the salesman seemed pretty knowledgeable once he figured out I was a fellow enthusiast, and was happy to take it out, give me a good long demo, chat about the Olympus rumors, etc.
Now that I've seen and handled it, I have a couple of questions for our base of existing users. Both of them concern the eye-level finder:
Finder blackout during shots seemed surprisingly long, considerably longer than a DSLR's mirror blackout. Is this normal? It seemed that in continuous advance mode, the camera might fire "blind" for two or three frames.
A lot of my shooting involves movement (of people) so I tried panning around the store at a typical action-following clip. The finder image seemed to get very blurry when I moved the camera. Is this typical?
Any informed comments from users about how the blackout and blur should compare to a typical DSLR finder image?
It occurs to me that since I forgot to check the ISO setting or notice what shutter speed I was getting, the long blackout could have just been caused by a slow shutter speed. And if the "shutter speed preview" feature I've read about is turned on by default, this could also account for the blurry finder image. I may go back to the store and have another look, if people feel this experience was atypical.
Thanks for any thoughts...