Conclusion: The Panasonic Lumix G1 is â€œthe worldâ€™s smallestâ€� interchangeable lens camera at the moment. It works like a digital SLR, takes pictures like a digital SLR, is as expandable as a digital SLRâ€¦ but it takes away the mirror box (and thus the optical viewfinder) so it can be small and quiet. Despite the â€œworldâ€™s smallestâ€� claim being true, the G1 isnâ€™t exactly what youâ€™d call tiny or pocketable.
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 dial position and function button, Great for beginners: Intelligent Auto, face detection and good kit lens, Quick performance, Full manual controls (As you would expect)
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 expensive, Very plain and basic playback mode, Lacks any sort of movie mode
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. But this tiny interchangeable-lens electronic-viewfinder model represents an entirely new class of camera. The G1 is the vanguard of the Micro Four Thirds system, a format meant to bridge superzoom EVFs and DSLRs.
Excerpt: (1 items) Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 in black.You have to understand a few fundamentals of digital camera design to decide if Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-G1 is the right camera for you. Currently, the digital camera market is divided into point-and-shoot cameras and single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras. The Lumix DMC-G1 serves as something of a bridge between these two markets, an ideal compromise for anyone who wants more than a point-and-shoot but doesn’t want the bulk of an SLR.
Pros: Very small design, Full feature set, Interchangeable lenses, Excellent image quality
Cons: No movie mode, Small lens selection, Electronic viewfinder is difficult to see in low light and has limited dynamic range
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 we were hoping for.
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.
Summary: The G1 introduces an entirely new category of digital camera. At a suggested retail price of USD 800 in the USA (can be found for less), it is competitively priced. More like an SLR than a point-and-shoot, it has a myriad of useful features. The numerous controls and options mean that a neophyte user may be dismayed at first. Yet, it also means that there are enough features to warrant months of investigation.
Excerpt: Panasonic Lumix G1 is a Micro Four Thirds DSLR-like camera with interchangeable lens; it's far smaller than a conventional DSLR but has features to fight its corner. So how does the Lumix G1 fare...
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 first Micro FourThirds camera at the last Photokina 2008 show. The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G1 became the talk of this event.
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. The Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera is a case in point; the fundamental design has remained the same for almost 60 years, adapting with ease to the digital era (the biggest revolution in imaging since the Box Brownie), getting gradually more sophisticated as technology advanced.
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 ergonomics all around, excellent build quality, nice handling, Large number of external controls including a very useful 'push-and-turn' dial, Very useful status panel and quick ...
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 highlights than the competition can lead to clipping, No video recording, Fairly low powered flash (but good flash metering), Electronic viewfinder difficult to use in low light (very...
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.
Summary: All the ease of use of a compact camera, all the quality of an SLR – the first Micro Four Thirds camera could be the start of something, er, small. A miniature marvel, lacking only video capture.