I love my Canon 5d Mark II, don't get me wrong, but lately I realized that I was not taking as many photos as I wanted because I was not having it with me at all times. As a result, I ended up shooting quite often with my mobile.
Now, don't get me wrong. Nothing beats the mobile phone form factor and it makes them the epitome of portability. They have come a long way in terms of photo quality, but let's not kid ourselves... there are physical limits (as in laws of physics) that severely restrict what you can do and get.
While I generally agree with the much overused adage that in photography it is not about the equipment but about the photographer, I believe it applies mostly to situations in which you have plenty of time to work on a shot and the photographer will be adding a strong artistic component to the picture. For example, no one would dare to tell a photographer covering a soccer game that their expensive fast lenses and cameras are overrated; that it is not about the equipment but the photographer!
A certain equipment, enables a photographer to do certain things... those capabilities plus the photographer skills to work with them and his creativity are what ultimately crafts a shot.
But I disgres... let's go back to what triggered that rant. I love shooting with my Canon 5d Mark II but I don't carry it always with me. I end up shooting with my mobile which is handy because I always carry it with me, but the photos are good but not great. Sometimes the frustration of making a really crappy and unusable shot is worse than not having anything shot the photo at all! I was looking for a solution, but I did not like the idea of a dumbed down point-and-shoot where I cannot control any parameters of the photography.
Then is when I started to notice lots of posts from a photographer I respect and look up to, Bert Stephani. He started to sing the praises for a little EVIL camera, the Panasonic GF1, on twitter (@bertstephani) and in his blog posts and I started to get more curious about it. Nevertheless, when I saw his video tutorial of a shooting session with the GF1 and saw the whole process from shooting on location, the Lightroom workflow and the final result, I knew I had to try it. That may be it. The camera that I was looking for in order to fill in the gap between my DSLR and the mobile.
I bought a second hand GF1 with the 20mm f1.7 pancake lens and I was hooked. I was not convinced of the EVIL and Micro Four Thirds initiative, but I have to say that I'm positively impressed. You can see some of the photos I took with it below.