Summary: During my recent review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 DIL camera, I found a lot of things to like. The Lumix GF1's mirror-less design makes it smaller than DSLR models, its image quality is outstanding, it has a large and sharp LCD, and it offers a lot of versatility for intermediate users.
Pros: Mirror-less DIL GF1 offers an interesting look versus DSLR cameras, Image quality is very good, Manual focus "zoom" feature works extremely well, Camera construction is very sturdy, Offers both USB and HDMI output
Cons: Camera seems a little expensive, Learning to find all of the GF1's features will take some time, Placement of popup flash is very awkward, No optical viewfinder
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 Lumix DMC-GF1 Micro Four Thirds Camera Review
30 August 2010
Summary: The GF1 is a surprisingly good camera given it's size and weight. It certainly holds its own against other cameras in a similar price range namely the ones from its Micro Four Thirds partner Olympus.
Pros: Excellent image quality, especially in RAW, Comparatively easy to use, clearly labeled buttons and simple menu navigation, Great rear LCD image quality with useful digital zoom manual focus mode, High build quality, solid feel to constuction, Small, compact design. Not pocketable but close., Look...
Cons: No in-body image stabilization, Still very limited lens and accessory selection, Slightly expensive, especially considering the $135US optional electronic viewfinder, Disappointing JPEG output. Shoot RAW whenever possible.
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.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 is part of a new breed of camera that combines small size, light weight and impressive versatility for photo enthusiasts. It combines the ease of use of a point-and-shoot camera with the versatility and quality of a dSLR. Learn more about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 here.
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.
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.
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...
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 com...
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 ...
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.