Normally I don't change gadgets as often as people thought of me, but this year I had a rewarding experience converting from Olympus E-P1 to Panasonic GF1, both micro four third cameras.
Lucky me got a Korean friend's help to get an Olympus E-P1 20% off from retail, but soon I found the sex appeal of this PEN died off fast because of its lack of built-in flash, electronic view finder and slow focusing speed. Having tested Panasonic's GF1 from a colleague, I decided to switch. I sold my white PEN at a good price over Yahoo auction just when Olympus announced an upcoming E-P2.
An ex-colleague happens to work at Panasonic so I managed to get discount again while most other people are still waiting for stock to arrive. GF1 exactly won over E-P1 for features I thought I didn't need. Then, a few days ago Panasonic GF1 is awarded "Best of What's New" in gadget category by Popular Science. So smooth.
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