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.
Excerpt: There is little that I can add that hasn't already been said. The camera is nearly perfect. If it had been blessed with a larger buffer and a sensor that wasn't noisy as hell, it would have been a legendary product, destined for the halls of greatness. Those two problems, though, are mostly countered by excellent ergonomics and a design that knows exactly what an enthusiast wants. If you know cameras, this is a camera for you.
Excellent semi-compact option for someone who knows DSLRs. Not for newbies
5 August 2011
Summary: The rave reviews and the fact that this camera with the 20mm pancake lens goes for a premium on ebay says it all. So, since there are so many positives (with which I agree), I'm going to focus on the Cons here. Before I do, though, I really gotta say how I love the solid feel of this thing and the quality of the pictures. 1. Focus can be soft on landscape/distance photos 2. No panorama mode, although there's an AE lock 3. For a beginner, a bit tough to use.
Summary: This is the 2nd GF1 body I have purchased. Really enjoy using the GF1. With the Panasonic replacement not what I was hoping for it was time to search for a 2nd USA warranty body. Image quality with decent quality lens is good to excellent. I prefer the "old school" ergonomics of dials & buttons. Size is good compromise between the "P&S" Lumix LX2 and my ancient 35mm SLR gear. Fit and finish seems very solid.
Summary: I bought this one to update my old Lumix 12x optical zoom, which had too much dust in the lens to continue using. I use the camera for safari photos, job site documentation, filming and shooting the baby, and as a portable document scanner. I am in no way a professional, though I think I could move up the ladder of photographer prestige with this camera. I like the new 4/3rds platform, as it takes great photos and allows lens swaps.
Summary: The purchase price was for the 14-45 Kit. Panasonic took the features of their Micro Four Thirds cameras and smashed them down into a compact size. This makes for a nicely sized body with a decent size sensor. It's a little larger than a high end compact, but the IQ more than makes up for the bulk. This little beauty is in direct competition with the Olympus PEN series.
Pros: Image quality. It's good, very good. It is a little better than my G9 at low ISOs, but at high ISOs it blows it away. Very useable at 1600., Size, it's nearly as small as a high end compact camera with the pancake lens attached. It's definitely bulkier with any of the zooms attached but still much smaller than the nearest size SLR. I can fit a kit with a range of 14-200mm(28-400 FF equiv.) In a very small fanny pack., HD video. I really didn't care much about the movi...
Cons: Placements. One of the weaknesses I've found in the controls is the placement of AF/AE lock button, my thumb consistently found this button when I wasn't trying to. Not a big deal, but frustrating at times., Histogram. The GF-1 has a live histogram, this is nice. Unfortunately it's not reading the pixel values of the sensor, but reading the light meter. This can cause quite a disparity between the live view histogram and the actual output. It took me a while to figure...
Summary: I love this camera...it is the best balance of size/weight/performance you could ask for. It is well made, has good image quality, and is very versatile. I am debating selling my full size DSLR and keeping this little gem. Really a lot of fun to shoot with... Low light noise is a little high. That's the only fault I can really come up with. The interface is intuitive and easy to use. I am really hoping this micro-four thirds format continues to grow in popularity.
Summary: First, you should know that I use this camera primarily to take pictures of my 4 year old and it is primarily for travel and days where I don't want to carry the DSLR (D300) and associated lenses. I use this camera only with the 20mm lens. The camera is capable of taking great photos if time is taken to compose the shots. My main issue is that the camera's ability to focus on the face of the subject during quick snaps is less than perfect.
Summary: I have been using this camera for a while now and I like it very much. It seems to handle noise very well up to 400 ISO after that you start seeing some. Image qualty and colors are very good. I got the 20mm pancake lens with it and it is a very good lens for a variety of photo situations. I bought this camera to use whenever I can't use or carry a DSLR and so far has worked great for me.