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
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.
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, Contin...
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 conti...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...