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.
Conclusion: To say that the Panasonic Lumix GF1 was a pleasure to use is something of an understatement. Fitted with the 20mm pancake lens, it is not only pocketable but delivers image quality of the highest order and the lens is fast enough to not require a major ISO boost even in dim lighting.
Conclusion: That little niggle aside, the GF1 offers the most compelling argument yet for Micro Four Thirds. It also opens up numerous possibilities for future formats. Expect 2010 to reveal more cameras similar to the GF1 or larger sensor point and shoots — that’s a D-Photo top tip.
Pros: Good pancake lens, Great screen, Nice design
Summary: It's been a close call throughout the test and in their individual tests, they both scored very highly. It's great to see some of the old issues from the Olympus have been sorted out with firmware updates but the Panasonic still has the edge. I think this is down to the fact that it's newer so they had time to see the Pen and elaborate on the features and performance.
Pros: Great build, Retro design, Lovely retro design, Cool arty modes, Good colour rendition, Good noise performance, Excellent continuous shooting mode, Nice auto white-balance system, Nice Art modes, Sharp images
Cons: Optional optical viewfinder, No High ISO NR, Some Art modes can be slow, Electronic viewfinder is optional
Excerpt: Panasonic have released a number of cameras in their G Series over the past couple of years. Each iteration added minor improvements that, many would say, should have been implemented in its predecessor. But this should, really, be forgiven for Panasonic ironing out the kinks in a previously untested technology. Where many were slightly underwhelmed, however...