Excerpt: Good image quality, lots of physical controls, solid construction, small and reasonably light. My only serious gripe is poor image quality with high ISO – at ISO 400 the noise is clearly visible, at ISO 800 it usually ruins the picture, even if converted to BW, where the noise is generally more acceptable.
Summary: Oh, this camera is so awesome. I bought two lens to go with it but the lens I love is the fixed focal length 20 mm. Works like a charm on this camera. If you want the functionality of an SLR but the compact nature of a point and shoot, the quality of leica glass....then you have found your camera. I own many, many camera (Canon 5d mark II, Canon 6D, 4 x 5 film, etc...) and this is one of my favorites to use.
Stop deliberating - just buy this thing! It's awesome!
5 October 2013
Summary: This is the greatest all-around camera I've ever used. With the large image sensor usually seen in DSLRs and many different lenses available, it really is a large camera in a small body. Full manual mode is a bit more cumbersome than larger DSLRs and the lack of an optical viewfinder sometimes can be an issue but these are small prices to pay to pack nearly all the benefits of a DSLR in an almost-pocketable camera.
A small camera with fully manual for creative photos to keep close whatever
2 February 2013
Summary: The camera is very good. It does about everything an entry level DSLR does. You have full manual with mechanical dial, what is very good and handy. The image quality is also very good and the camera also outputs raw files. The 20mm f1/1.7 lens is quick and sharp, very good for portraits and general stuff.
Summary: I was an early adopter for this camera when it first came out. It was my first 4/3 lens. I purchased it after the whole craze started boiling down and the prices became decent. Later I traded this camera for a white version, which was the same in every aspect, but was a glossy white instead of a matte black. The GF-1 offers great quality that surpasses that of a point and shoot (and interchangeable lenses!) but still of course, lower than that of a full sized DSLR.