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.
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
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
Conclusion: There's a lot going for the GX1 if you are looking for a smaller camera to complement your DSLR. In terms of performance, it is a speedy little shooter with autofocus speeds that almost match a DSLR, though we have to say that it sometimes misses the mark. In addition, the new X series 14-42mm power-zoom kit lens is a decent lens that's great for HD videos. The GX1 is also easy to handle as it embodies many similar qualities of the classic GF1.
Pros: : Nice build quality; more physical control buttons; power-zoom lens is great for videos; fast autofocus speeds.
Cons: : Difficult to manually focus with power-zoom lens; JPEG images are soft.
Conclusion: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 presents an exciting new direction for Panasonic, breaking away from the mass-market GF-series and providing a premium option that advanced enthusiasts should definitely consider.
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.
Excerpt: But that was September 2009, and since then every camera manufacturer of note, apart from Canon, has also introduced what has become known as a Compact System Camera, or ‘CSC’. The appeal is obvious; image quality practically on a par with an SLR, but less bulk. Into this increasingly competitive marketplace, with its myriad non-compatible systems, Panasonic recently launched the 16 megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 or Panasonic GX1, for short.
Pros: Solid yet lightweight, Fast response times, Touch screen and hard controls
Cons: No Electronic Viewfinder, Back screen not adjustable, No image stabilisation in body
Conclusion: Using the GX1 definitely feels as if you're shooting with a DSLR without the bulky weight or the huge amount of confusing buttons (half of which you'll never use). The images we shot could be placed alongside those taken on a DSLR and you'd be hard-pushed to tell the difference. The 14-24mm is a great lens that delivers top quality results, however we did find ourselves wanting a little more focal length.