First off - thank you to all for making this such a wonderful forum. I am addicted .
I need help choosing which small camera to buy - I have narrowed my choices to the GRDII or GX-100, principally for the handling, high IQ and flash/OVF shoe. I live in the Northwest of the USA (Seattle, WA), and during the winter it is fairly dark. Whether it be high ISO (my preference) or flash, I need a camera that can work well with typical indoor lighting. I do have a dslr with fast primes, but that is not always with me or convenient.
What I like about the GX-100:
* less expensive than the GRDII ($750 with OVF vs. $1100 for the GRDII with OVF and 40mm attachment)
* 28,35,50 step zoom (24 and 72 are less important to me - icing on the cake)
What I like about the GRDII
* 1.5 - 2 stops advantage at 28 or 35/40, considering the faster lens and better high iso performance.
* Better flash control
* Faster RAW buffer
* 28mm plus 40 with the adaptor is fine
Is the GRDII really 1.5-2 stops better as I am guessing? Is the flash control on the GX-100 that bad?
Now, I am almost embarrassed to write this next bit, but... I find the Pentax 31mm limited prime that I use about 80% of the time on my dslr to be delightful. Very sharp, and most importantly, it sometimes has an almost mystical, 3-d popping look (sorry for the cliche, but it's true!). Does the GRDII come close to this? It seems it might, considering the contrast and sharpness of the lens, but I am having a hard time trying to find a lot of color examples. $1100 seems like a lot of money to me, but if the GRDII has similar characteristics (dof and noise aside), I would gladly pay more...