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 well-designed camera with an interface that creative photographers can customize to their liking, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 deserves serious consideration if you're looking for a modestly compact interchangeable-lens model.
Pros: Fast performance and excellent raw photo quality, combined with Panasonic's veteran touch-screen/direct-control hybrid interface, make the Lumix DMC-GX1 a strong ILC choice.
Cons: The new X-series PZ kit lens could use some design tweaks, and Panasonic's JPEG processing, though much better than before, could still use a little work.
Conclusion: At 16 megapixels, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 features the highest resolution of any Micro Four Thirds camera. It has some nice features that should appeal to enthusiasts, but it doesn't do well at the higher ISO settings and is bundled with a lens that can't keep up with the camera.
Pros: Compact size. Fast continuous shooting. Hot shoe and accessory port. Built-in flash.
Cons: Large, soft kit lens. Fixed rear LCD. Poor high ISO performance. Pricey.
Summary: The GX1 packages external camera control points and a class-leading touchscreen interface in a classically-styled small form factor that produces the best image quality we've yet seen from a Micro Four Thirds camera.
Pros: Highest resolution Micro Four Thirds sensor, Very good quality JPEG high ISO images, Improved white balance and skin tone rendering (compared to GF1), Fast AF acquisition (particularly impressive in low light), Shooting is possible while the buffer's data is being written to the card, Well-implemented touchscreen interface, Extensive manual control points including a mode dial and four Fn buttons, Robust build quality, Very pocketable form factor with the collapsible ...
Cons: Conservative metering tends towards underexposure, Fastest continuous shooting modes come at the expense of live view, 20fps SH mode yields poor image quality, Limited manual exposure controls for video recording, Continuous tracking performance suffers in low-light, low contrast scenarios, Minimal effect of in-camera dynamic range settings
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Review: More of a Good Thing
Digital Camera Review
19 January 2012
Summary: When it was introduced back in 2009, Panasonic's GF1 created quite a fuss at least in part because it was one of the first mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras to reach market. But beyond that the GF1 generally garnered very positive reviews for its image quality and overall design and performance.
Pros: Good still image quality, color and sharpness, Good shutter lag and focus acquisition times, One touch video recording, generally good video quality, Good selection of manual controls for enthusiast shooters
Cons: No built-in EVF, Cost, Rolling shutter effect in video a bit more pronounced than in competitive cameras
Summary: It also features one of the best touch-screen control systems around, along with plenty of physical dials and buttons if you prefer. The image quality is up there with the best of its peer group and the movie mode delivers very good footage with a decent stab at continuous autofocusing. In short, there's a lot to like about the GX1.
The GX1 is also a perfect example of a company listening to its customers, if arguably later than hoped.
Pros: Compact but solid build with lots of manual controls., Comparable quality to DSLR, but may need to tweak defaults., Snappy and responsive AF, and touch-AF for stills and movies., Continuous movie AF and long recording times outside Europe.
Cons: Live view and AF not available in bursts above 3fps., No 1080p AVCHD, no manual movie exposures and no mic input., Easy to accidentally set a manual AF area with touch-screen., No articulated screen or built-in IS.
Summary: With its aluminium chassis and rangefinder style, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 is likely to appeal to enthusiast photographers. In use, the camera does not disappoint, either. Its touchscreen enhances its handling and I have not come across a more rapid way to accurately meter and focus for a scene. Also, with four function buttons, the GX1 is a breeze to use.
The Panasonic GX1 Micro Four Thirds camera is small, comfortable and captures clear images
Good Gear Guide.au
26 March 2012
Summary: The LUMIX GX1 incorporates manual features, a touchscreen and a high level of performance in a camera body that is compact and comfortable to hold. It produced excellent results in our tests, in the ISO testing in particular, and it's a good all-round camera for users who want something as versatile as a digital SLR, but not quite as big.
Pros: Relatively compact, Lots of features, Good image quality and performance, Excellent high ISO performance
Cons: Power Zoom lens isn't comfortable to use, No built-in EVF