Summary: I am still trying to learn how to use it, but so far with point and shoot, the pictures are really good. It appears that it was worth the money. I did buy a camera case, it is not so small that you can carry it in your pocket or handbag. But better pictures are worth it!
Summary: This was my wife's first interchangeable lens camera. She loves it! For being the first model in Panasonic's M43 family, it is a great camera. Sure the newer camera have less noise and more features, but I'd say the only major thing we wish it has was video. For that, get the G2 or later model.
Superb combo, excellent image quality and features
Bron "Bron", Amazon
7 February 2012
Summary: Even though this camera is several years old, it is still a fine system. While looking at some later models, I ran across a good deal on a G1 and, after investigating further, found it had a lot of appeal. The excellent EVF, great kit lens, and overall image quality sold me. After some quick, initial tests, I am very pleased with it. Here are some first impressions. I purchased this open box G1 here on Amazon Deals.
Summary: I bought this as a starter camera. It was perfect! It had just enough features to keep me learning but not enough to overwhelm me with anything. It has been to many places considering I used it as a trip camera. I've never once had an issue or something I don't like happen with the camera. I have since upgraded to a D90 but still use this when I want a light dependable camera with me. I very much recommend this for anybody who wants to start up photography!!
Works great for this former 35mm manual camera user
11 November 2011
Summary: I have been shooting 35mm film since the 1970s. My 35mm camera is a Minolta SRT-SCII. Fully manual, match needle metering. I was looking for a digital camera that fit my 'manual brain' workflow. F-stop and shutter speed easily controlled by the scroll wheel in front, very well positioned. I looked at several full sized DSLRs and in every case, the viewfinder was either tiny or dim compared to that 1960s vintage Minolta.
Summary: I have been using this camera for long walk about days when I don't want the cumbersome large DSLR with me. I have been very happy with it especially when I use Raw and manual mode. A very nice feature is you get raw images even when you switch to an auto type mode. It takes getting use to the settings and the menu though. Take the time to read the manual and play around with it before using it for a more serious shoot.
Summary: I purchased my 1st G1 last year to move up from Panasonic's fz28 superzoom. I took both cameras on a 10-day trip to Alaska (motto - Always have a Plan B) that included time on a catamaran glacier tour, in Denali National Park, and being ferried by fishing boat from Kodiak to Spruce Island and back.