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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1
5.5 out of 10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

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Camera Test: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

Pop Photo
25 August 2009
  • Excerpt: Panasonic's new Lumix DMCG1 isn't a DSLR. Yes, you can remove the lens, and the camera's $800 street price (with 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens) makes it more expensive than some entry-level DSLRs. But this tiny interchangeable-lens electronic-viewfinder model represents an entirely new class of camera.
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Panasonic Lumix G1

Digital Photography Interface
30 June 2009
  • Conclusion: The Panasonic Lumix G1 is “the world’s smallest” interchangeable lens camera at the moment. It works like a digital SLR, takes pictures like a digital SLR, is as expandable as a digital SLR… but it takes away the mirror box (and thus the optical viewfinder) so it can be small and quiet.
  • Pros: Very good image quality; automatic color fringing and redeye removal, Small size for interchangeable lens camera, Very good live view implementation; focusing speed rivals digital SLR competitors, 3 inch flip out and rotate LCD and super-high resolution electronic viewfinder, Customizable mode di...
  • Cons: Noise at ISO 1600 & 3200; need post-processing to deal with that, Camera is more expensive than competing digital SLRs; and pricey accessories, Below average battery life (versus other digital SLRs); no battery grip option, Restricted choice of lenses at the moment, normal Four Thirds adapter is ...
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Overall 10
Design 9
Value for money 9
Ease of use 10
Picture quality 9
Durability 9

Expert Review

19 May 2009
  • Conclusion: Panasonic Lumix G1 Micro Four Thirds camera system The media warmly and enthusiastically received the introduction of the Micro FourThirds system. And although the announcement was made by Panasonic and Olympus together, Panasonic managed to surprise the entire world press by presenting the world's...
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Overall 7

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G1 Review

11 April 2009
  • Conclusion: It’s clear to us this really a version 1.0 camera. It does what it was intended to do, but we wanted more – and less – of some things. We wanted video capability and more lenses to choose from. We also wanted less noise at higher ISOs.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1: Camera Test

Pop Photo
10 March 2009
  • Excerpt: Panasonic's new Lumix DMC-G1 isn't a DSLR. Yes, you can remove the lens, and the camera's $800 street price (with 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens) makes it more expensive than some entry-level DSLRs.
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Overall 9

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

Camera Labs
1 March 2009
  • Summary: As the debut model of a brand new standard, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 is a rare, exciting and brave camera. Like all debut models it exclusively represents the benefits of the new standard and its relevance in the market, while also having to work hard against established rivals.
  • Pros: Compact but comfortable body., Large and detailed viewfinder image., Flip-out screen with detailed image., Easy to use and good user interface.
  • Cons: Viewfinder noisy and jerky in low light., AF restrictions with Four Thirds lenses., Battery life below most DSLRs., No movie mode.
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Overall 6

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

PC Magazine
13 February 2009
  • Conclusion: Panasonic is the first out of the gate with a camera that's built around the new Micro Four Thirds lens standard, which promises SLR-quality images from a smaller camera and lens. But the Lumix DMC-G1's body is bulky enough and its image quality marginal enough to keep it from being the game-changer...
  • Pros: Uses new "Micro Four Thirds" standard, which allows for a smaller body and lens than comparable entry-level D-SLRs. Solid image quality at ISO 100-800. Large, articulating 3-inch LCD. HDMI-out.
  • Cons: Not much smaller than a D-SLR. No optical viewfinder. Excessive noise at higher ISOs. Longer shutter lag than traditional D-SLRs. No video-recording capability.
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Overall 9
Design 8
Performance 10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Review

Bright Hub
12 February 2009
  • Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 is a wonderful compact digital camera with great performance and exceptional photo quality, although it has a few design quirks here and there.
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Expert Review

DP Review
19 January 2009
  • Conclusion: You might not think it as you watch as the endless stream of new digital camera models flowing by, but true innovations - never mind revolutions - are pretty rare in the photographic industry.
  • Pros: JPEG output shows impressive detail at base ISO, superb resolution (especially in raw files), Natural and appealing tones out of the box, Good balance between noise reduction and detail retention - usable images up to ISO 1600, Very snappy performance throughout, Very quick write speeds, Good erg...
  • Cons: Currently fairly limited choice of lenses and accessories, Optional adapter required for standard Four Thirds lenses, most won't allow autofocus (those that will focus do so noticeably slower than the kit lenses), Steep tone curve (JPEG) and approximately 0.5 EV less dynamic range in the highligh...
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Panasonic G1

22 December 2008
  • Summary: This Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 has turned the DSLR world on its head with the first mirror-less Digital Interchangeable Lens camera that provides pretty much most, if not all,...
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