Summary: For the final rating, the GF1 was put in the large digital camera category because it is not a DSLR but when we take into account the size of the lens, even the smallest, it does form a rather sizable camera. Anecdotally, the reason the rating would be higher in the DSLR category is because the rating system considers performance of all DSLRs which have been around for much longer. There are not many competitors to look at.
Pros: Very good image quality, just below average for a DSLR, One of the smallest interchangeable lens digital cameras, Very good metering and white-balance systems, Accurate image colors in standard mode, Quick autofocus, Excellent LCD refresh, Good LCD visibility, Very flexible display option, Continuous autofocus possible in movie-mode, Good build quality other than the built-in flash, Startup almost as fast as a DSLR
Cons: Reduced dynamic range compared to a DSLR, causes highlight clipping, Button-dial is clunky and exposure may change accidentally, Shutter-button difficult to reach when using strap, Digital preview not so good or useful, Slow shutter-lag, Relatively weak flash, Not exposure priority, Useless continuous drive as LCD cannot keep up, Cluttered view, too many icons overlaid, Cannot autofocus with most Four-Third lenses, Limited selection of lenses at this time, Short batte...
Excerpt: With any new technology, it takes time to work out the kinks. And while the flurry of coverage-and humanity's ever-shrinking attention span-might make it seem as though Micro Four Thirds has been around awhile, it's still quite new. Panasonic's Lumix DMC-GF1 is only the fourth camera we've seen in this new format. It does a lot of things right, but its images are also noisier than its predecessors.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Micro Four Thirds Camera Review
30 August 2010
Excerpt: To be honest, when Micro Four Thirds format was announced, I couldn’t really see the point. Sure, the cameras were slightly smaller but not by much. If you look at older Micro Four Thirds cameras like the Panasonic G1 and GH1, they’re smaller than something like a Canon Rebel but not by a serious amount.
Summary: In short, I love the GF1. It is my current pick of the mirrorless camera genre. Sure, the GF1 is not going to replace anyone’s 5D Mark II or D700 anytime soon. For casual photos though, it’s tough to beat for image quality, functionality and portability. The GF1 easily earns my high recommendation.
Excerpt: I’ve long waged a personal war against overweight, over-sized digital SLRs. As the effective digital film frame is mostly stamp-sized why on earth does the body and lens of every camera maker’s DSLR have to be so bulky? When the Micro Four Thirds cameras began to appear I wept tears of joy. At last, a totally digital approach to quality digital capture! And in a small form factor.
Conclusion: Panasonic Lumix GF1 digital system camera At the time of writing, there are only two truly compact Micro Four Thirds System cameras available. Both are similar when it comes to functions and dimensions. Olympus and Panasonic are the promoters and developers of the Micro Four Thirds system, and are thus faced with the difficult task to convince the traditionally established camera market that such a system is the answer to the consumer's demand.
Summary: The best interchangeable-lens compact we've see thus far, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 delivers great photo quality and performance in an enthusiast-friendly shooting experience. Like competitors, however, the lack of an optical viewfinder limits its usability for photographing action.
Pros: Excellent photo quality and performance for its class; comfortable, streamlined design; interchangeable lenses.
Cons: EVF costs extra; can't use EVF and hot-shoe flash simultaneously.
Summary: The compact design means inevitable compromises when compared to a 'full size' SLR, but the GF1 gets so much right that it's a real winner in our eyes. Great image quality, a well-rounded feature set and surprisingly zippy performance put it a little ahead of the Olympus E-P1, and it's much more versatile.
Pros: Superb resolution, excellent overall image quality up to ISO 1600, Stunning raw output, Reliable exposure and focus and generally reliable white balance, Excellent build quality & great screen, Surprisingly good handling, fun and easy to use, Very compact design, Intuitive user-interface that combines compact and DSLR features, Large number of external controls including a very useful 'push-and-turn' dial, Fast contrast detect Auto Focus (on par with entry level DSLRs...
Cons: Dynamic range and high ISO output not quite as good as best in class (including Olympus E-P1), JPEG output nowhere near as good as it could be - shoot raw for best results, Default settings don't produce particularly appealing (JPEG) color, Flash is very weak, No in-body IS (and 20mm pancake not stabilized), Autofocus doesn't work with all legacy Four Thirds lenses, Still a very limited range of dedicated lenses, Orientation sensor uses lens IS system (so no automatic...
Excerpt: Reviews of full-production/retail cameras are our main focus here at DPInterface, but I knew I had to make an exception when I was given the chance to preview Panasonic’s Lumix GF1 camera earlier this month. This is Panasonic’s third Micro Four Thirds digital camera and their first non-SLR form factor camera in the Lumix G line.
Excerpt: Panasonic announced a new Micro Four Thirds camera, the Lumix DMC -GF1. This follows the earlier G1 and GH1 models. The Micro Four Thirds format uses the standard Four Thirds sensor size, which is one quarter the size (area) of a full frame sensor, resulting in a 2x “digital multiplier” factor.