Summary: Purchased at a Henry's Auction for around $128.00 Canadian, this little camera does not disappoint. The only drawbacks are the lack of video and the questionable viewfinder quality but that is it. There are certainly no design drawbacks as this is the footprint they still use for the GH series of cameras. It's styling is aggressive, it feels great in your hand and the picture quality is second to none.
Excerpt: I stepped up from my bridge cameras to an SLR and needed mirrorless because of the dust here. So far am pleased. Can't wait to get a few more leneses. Don't care about video as I have a dedicated video camera but am excited about the quality of the shoots. Don't like that the command button is on the front, most SLRs have it on the back. Will like it better when I get a few more accessories, but for the price, it is a great 4/3 camera.
Summary: I have a Panasonic Lumix point-and-shoot, so I decided to purchase this as "the next step up." I love how this camera takes portraits and macro shots; I believe this is where the Lumix as a brand really excels. The 12.1 MP sensor is nothing to sneeze at, but in the end it simply wasn't enough for me, as I print my photos at 8x12 and above. The kit lens left a lot to be desired. I discovered a lot of barrel distortion and I often had problems in bright light.
Great camera..Pair it with F1.7 Panasonic lens for an amazing treat
Amit Jain, Amazon
12 February 2011
Summary: I have had this camera for a few months and I absolutely love the results I have been getting with f1.7 lens. The kit lens is good but the f1.7 lens is out of this world. I love the build, it feels very solid and sturdy. The articulating LCD is awesome. EVF is okay. The only issue I have had is with noise at higher ISO (while shooting indoors or in shadows).
Summary: First of all, I got my G1 for $380.00 from Amazon's Warehouse Deals, in brand new condition, so I cannot complain too much. A mini-DSLR-like camera for $70 less than the price I paid for my LX3 compact a little over a year ago. But while I like the camera a lot, there are a few things I don't like about it. The fully articulating LCD screen is fantastic. I simply cannot go back to a camera without one, and will probably buy the Canon 60D if I ever decide to get a DSLR.
Summary: This is my very first dslr or rather micro 4/3 camera. I'm happy with it. I knew there wasn't going to be a movie mode. Don't care for it. I have a Panasonic Zs1 and I am very please with the build of the camera and quality of my pictures, but the point and shoot was too much automatic. I wanted more control of my pictures. I did the research. I didn't care for the name brands. I looked into Cannon and Nikon. I chose the G1 because it was in my budget.
Summary: Keeping it brief, the G-1 still is capable of producting pictures as good as entry level DSLRs in and around its price range. With the 14-45mm lens it is just about as good as the G-2 with its new 14-42mm lens...a bit more noise and no touch screen or video, but, if you take images and want to save $$ buy this while you can.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix G1 is almost an excellent camera, but its shortcomings make it just very good. If you're moving up from a compact without interchangeable lenses, you will most likely be happy. On the other hand, if your main camera is a DSLR, as mine is, the G1 leaves something to be desired. First, it's quite small compared to a DSLR, and I find it hard and uncomfortable to hold, especially with a longer lens.
Summary: This camera packs a powerful punch in a small package. I like the mirrorless viewfinder better than SLR versions as it allows me to preview the impact of my exposure settings. Underexposed images preview as dark and overexposed preview as washed out. Ergonomically, this camera is well engineered.
Summary: This great camera is perfect for whom prefer to compose with the camera in the eye like God wanted, not at an arms length. The image quality is on par with any under US$1500 DSLR. My D90 is gathering dust because if I'm going out, I allways, instintively, grab the G1. It balances very well with the 14-45mm (28-90 equiv.) lens, which is VERY small for DSLR standards. This camera does it's work occupying 60% of the space and weight than an amateur DSLR.