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.
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: 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...