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.
Fantastic combination of light weight and performance!
9 September 2012
Excerpt: I bought this micro 4/3 camera after I ditched SLR because it is simply too heavy for regular use for me. I opted the 20mm lens which came in as part of the kit. This camera has been great! Professional like quality, light, easy to handle, easy to carry etc. The control are logically place on top, like a professional SLR camera. 20mm lens is great! It produces near SLR quality pictures. The program menu is a bit confusing sometimes.
Excerpt: I've owned the Panasonic GF1 for a while, and I love the way that it performs in general. It seems like the GF1 focuses almost as fast as my G1; which is a huge plus. Overall performance is very snappy and to-the-point. However, despite the pros, there are some little specifics that I prefer from the E-P1 over the GF1; enough to make me choose it over the GF1 on any given day. The first is ergonomics.
Excerpt: This Micro 3/4 camera from Panasonic is an awesome little camera with DSLR qualities. Has excellent picture quality with great outfocusing abilities in a small package. The 20mm 1.7f pancake lens makes this the perfect everyday snapshot camera, with very sharp images and great portability. However, the slow focusing speed of this lens makes it a bit difficult to capture moving targets.
Compact with DSLR benefits, excellent IQ, messy menu system, fun camera
3 March 2012
Summary: I was looking for a backup camera to my Nikon D7000 for an Alaskan cruise. I looked at a variety of P&S and did not like the available features. I wanted better lens quality and RAW file capability in a compact package. Compact System cameras are the wave of the future versus DSLRs. However, I did not want to spend the $800-$1500 for a new camera. After much research, I found there was a very high opinion of the Panasonic GF1.
Summary: Ok maybe not...but with all the hacks for this camera, which once you learn how to install, you might be tempted to. I like shooting photos and video but most camcorders while good for video suck at photos, although they shouldn't since the use large sensors and decent optics.And most cameras while great for photos have only so-so video even the HD capable ones don't seem up to par with stand alone camcorders. So what to do do?
Summary: This specific camera is actually a GF1 MODIFIED for INFRARED by an amercan company. Mirrorless cameras shows their advantages in focusing via the actual image readout, as compared to SLR's, which always was problem, and never showed the actual image in the viewfinder. Evolution moves ahead, while many photographers still stick to what "they learned during their younger years"... I am reallyhappy for the Mirrorless cameras...
GF1 is the measuring stick for the rest of M43 cameras.
7 January 2012
Summary: This is the classic one all other M43 cameras are measured against in the beautiful quality of construction and full DSLR type of adjustments with knobs and buttons. Panasonic overbuilt this one,their newer units may be there photo wise but not near this build quality or ease of adjustments. Other reviewers here covered the unit spot on so no need me for me to repeat everything.