Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 is a beautiful compact camera with interchangeable lens made with excellent materials, highly ergonomic and highly advanced features and performance. To confirm the quality of this device recognition TIPS Awards 2012 in the category Best Advanced Compact System Camera.
Pros: Shooting-assist functions, ISO up to 12800; Light Speed AF (0.09 s), manual controls, Live MOS sensor, Full HD Video, Optics interchangeable Venus Engine; advanced AF system; Touch Control.
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. While the GX1 is very light — just 11.2 ounces — its 16-megapixel sensor has almost twice the real estate of the Nikon’s CX chip and boasts improved white and color balance. Only the Sony NEX beat it on image and video quality, and just barely.
Conclusion: The Lumix DMC-GX1 is a top notch contribution to the mirror less compact range that offers the user quite a lot. Image quality is very good, even at higher ISO levels and the video quality is also quite good with great audio and image stabilisation that looks professional. I have a slight qualm that perhaps the lenses are starting to lose any traditional feel and that focusing is quite hard with the smaller motor driven options, though with the large range of lenses...
Excerpt: Taking much of its inspiration from one of Panasonic's earliest CSCs, the GF1, the Panasonic GX1 is designed as a premium, compact model and features a more resilient metal body than its lower-spec cousin, the GF3. Adopting a Micro FourThirds lens mount, the GX1 is supported by a total of 14 G-series lenses, covering focal lengths from 14mm through to 600mm in film equivalent terms, not forgetting the option of using Olympus FourThirds lenses, too.
Summary: A compact, lightweight all-rounder, this Micro Four Thirds Lumix has tank-like sturdiness and hefty dollops of user-friendliness, whether you’re a shutter nutter or wet behind the ears. There are tons of controls – both physical and via touchscreen – or you can let the camera do the work by tapping the ‘Intelligent Auto’ button.
Excerpt: were announced, more serious photographers were missing the more advanced controls found on the GF1, the GX1 is designed to be Panasonic's answer to this seeming lack.
Pros: Large solid rubberised grip on the front, Solid build quality and stylish design, Quicker continuous shooting 4.2fps, Full HD Video, Very fast focus, Lots of function buttons, Compact with 14-42mm X lens, Low noise upto ISO3200
Cons: High kit price with X lens, Vignetting with 14-42mm X lens
Excerpt: We're big fans of compact system cameras (CSCs) but we're yet to see one that hits a home run of image quality, performance, controls and features. The Sony NEX-5N came closest with its exceptionally high image and video quality, but it can be slow to focus and its scarcity of buttons and dials isn't ideal for photography enthusiasts. That's the camera the Panasonic GX1 has to beat. The GX1 takes an early lead with its controls.
Conclusion: What’s not to like about the GX1? It looks wonderful, its build is superb and the layout and controls are fault-free. Autofocus is very impressive, the variety of focus options are capable and the image quality, while not the very best a compact system camera has to offer, is still pretty darn good. Besides, the image quality reflects the smaller size of the system and is a good balance between system size and final image quality.