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.
Excerpt: Aside from the GF2 and the G10, one think that I've really admired about Panasonic compared to Olympus lately is their ability to push their products forward and not cripple or lag their newer products behind their older ones. The G1 was the first micro-four-thirds camera released, but that doesn't detract from it's overall picture-taking ability at all.
Excerpt: The Panasonic DMC-G1 is light in weight and very responsive with a bright, highly detailed electronic viewfinder, and a flawless 3 inch tilt-able LCD monitor. The 14-45mm kit lens is very sharp, rendering excellently detailed images. The G1 is a well-designed camera capable of producing amazing images effortlessly.
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!!
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.
Summary: In January, I upgraded from the Lumix LX3 to the Lumix G1. Initially, I found it hard to see and recognize the G1's smaller icons on the LCD, and the layout of buttons felt odd, but after using the G1 for 3 months, I've become familiar with the configuration and can change settings pretty quickly, even in a dark auditorium. The swiveling LCD is a tremendous feature: it makes it possible to shoot from all kinds of angles.