Excerpt: The GX1 is an important camera for several reasons. It represents some of Panasonic’s best work on micro four thirds (MFT) technology for the past three plus years, and it bridges the gap between the company’s other increasingly beginner-friendly MFT cameras and more powerful SLRs. The GX1 is an attempt to retain users who prefer more advanced features and controls, users who are disappointed with recent MFT Lumixes, and this little camera might just do the trick.
Excerpt: No company is more responsible for establishing the Micro Four-Thirds category than Panasonic, which has been steadily dialing up the goodness in its Lumix compact system cameras since introducing its first model four years ago.
Excerpt: You might not consider a grip the most identifiable feature of a new camera, but for the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 ($699) , that’s exactly the case. The successor to the mighty successful GF1, a camera we’ve recommended time and time again here at GP, the GX1 certainly packs a wallop: 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor, Panasonic Venus Engine, 3″ touchscreen with new interface, revamped touch-autofocus system, 1920x1080p 60 fps HD AVCHD video with 0.09 second autofocus, ISO...
Conclusion: For all its issues, we liked shooting with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1X. Sure it’s quirky, but like Sony’s NEX interface we’re sure it’ll become second nature over time. However, it’s too expensive to recommend unreservedly. Even with the quality lens and extensive photo-centric features, $849 is just too much compared to higher-end Olympus PENs and Sony NEX models. If you do find it at a competitive price, by all means, pick it up but at current levels, pass it by.
Pros: High-quality 16-megapixel stills and Full HD AVCHD movies, Extensive photo tweaks, Solid build with quality 3-inch touchscreen LCD
Cons: Just too expensive, Weird button arrangements, Noisy at high ISOs, Touchscreen should be more sensitive
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 is available in India at an MRP of Rs. 44,000. The camera does really well in terms of design, features and performance. When it comes to pricing, the camera is priced more or less on par with its rivals, such as the Nikon 1 V1. However, the latter does come equipped with a viewfinder, making it convenient for photographers to get that accurate composition. This is probably the only reason where the Nikon 1 V1 has an advantage over the GX1.
Summary: A highly configurable camera that will appeal directly to the more ambitious photographer. Excellent low-light performance, accurate colour reproduction and sharp, noise-free results at even fairly middling sensitivity mean you'll have trouble finding a more flexible, dependable model than the Panasonic Lumix GX1.
Conclusion: With the Lumix GX1, Panasonic addresses several crucial complaints from enthusiasts about their Micro Four Thirds cameras, particularly the rangefinder-style class once represented by the GF series. They've returned to a larger size that's a better tradeoff between a large SLR and a small pocket camera. They've added back the mode dial, hot shoe, and a few more controls, while maintaining the touchscreen.
Pros: Return to GF1 design is more appealing, Larger grip is better for medium-size hands, Built-in pop-up flash, Flash hotshoe, Video record button on the top deck for more natural access, GX1 uses wide metal lugs for straps, which are quieter for video, Rear dial is good for making quick exposure adjustments, Touch screen is sometimes helpful, but easy to ignore if you like, Accommodates optional electronic viewfinder, Generally very good image quality, Very good high ISO...
Cons: Return to GF1 design is more appealing, Larger grip is better for medium-size hands, Built-in pop-up flash, Flash hotshoe, Video record button on the top deck for more natural access, GX1 uses wide metal lugs for straps, which are quieter for video, Rear dial is good for making quick exposure adjustments, Touch screen is sometimes helpful, but easy to ignore if you like, Accommodates optional electronic viewfinder, Generally very good image quality, Very good high ISO...
Summary: If you’re looking for a rangefinder-style ILC, the Lumix GX1 is an excellent choice. It easily outresolves Olympus’s Pen E-P3, and serves up more accurate colors. Novice RAW shooters might prefer the noise-reduction guidance Olympus provides with its defaults, but JPEG shooters will see very similar noise results from the two cameras.