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.
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.
Summary: Not too long ago I took the plunge, sold all my Nikon "Prosumer" DSLRs and DX lenses, and jumped with both feet into the Micro-4/3rds world. This wasn't the first M43 camera I bought- that would be the Olympus E-PL1 I started with. Good camera, but lacking the solidity and ease of use I remembered from my days with Nikon F2s and Leicas. This camera isn't quite in that category, but it's a solid feeling camera with a metal case, and really well done ergonomics.
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...