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.
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?