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: 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...
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...
Summary: The GX1 is an accomplished camera that'll be well suited to more demanding photographers. Compared to its Compact System Camera competitors Panasonic's latest has a fine balance of physical system size to image quality ratio. The huge array Micro Four Thirds lenses available also makes the G-series all the more attractive.
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