Love the camera but the LCD touch screen delaminated after 18 months careful use and Panasonic are not interested
26 June 2014
Summary: There's a lot to love about this camera and many people have written more technically competent reviews than I could ever hope to achieve. I love the smaller m43 format and the image quality is excellent. I have produced some great images which have been sold as large prints, so other must think so too. The GX1 is easy to use and with the LVF-2 viewfinder in bright light is a super camera. Now, here's the rub.
Needs a lot of tweaking to get images almost as sharp as my Olympus E-P1
B. Kiacz, Amazon
24 June 2013
Summary: Like all micro 4/3rd's cameras, there are a lot of settings options that need to be explored when you first start working with the device. In my case, I have been using a pair of Olympus E-P1's with the 25mm and 45mm Lumix/Leica lenses, so it was easy for me to compare images. Unfortunately, I find the GX-1's images to be slightly soft-looking right out of the box.
Summary: Besides all the good stuff everybody has said, I have encountered a problem when deleting pictures: when I choose a pic to delete, it keeps telling me "editing operation cannot proceed as information processing is ongoing" and a small bar is flashing on the left side of the screen. I checked the manual book but found no answer. So I googled, very few people has the problem but I did found someone who has the same issue.
Summary: 1. Image quality: I have a D40 where 99% of the pictures taken look gorgeous even with kit lens. With Panasonic GX1 and kit lens, 80% of pictures taken look just bad. Kit lens is too slow. At low ISO, indoor pictures always look shaky, maybe the clunkier than usual shutter has something to do with it. At ISO 800 or above, pictures look grainy. It does take some good pictures in bright light. Though sometimes even in good light the focus is not sharp.
Summary: I have the GX1 and 14-42X just received from Amazon as the kit. The lens serial number starts with HH1L. It definitely shows the blurry effect that is worse with the OIS turned on. Shots taken at 1/30 look MUCH better than shots taken at 1/60 to 1/200 with OIS turned on. Even with OIS turned off the shots at 1/30 look better than shots at 1/60 to 1/200. That was surprising to me. My shots were handheld and zoomed out to 42mm.
Summary: I purchased this camera looking for near DSLR equipment. I wanted to go light. I own or have owned, Nikons, Canons and Olympus cameras. I am not a "fanboy" of any particular brand but look for equipment that fulfills a purpose. That said, here are my impressions after a week of use and about 500 pictures.
Summary: 3.5 stars. Tired of carrying a heavy DSLR around, I was intrigued by the promise of micro four thirds. And the Panasonic GX1 attracted me most of all: small, stylish, with great functionality and build quality. Especially when combined with the new X lenses, it seemed like the perfect tiny package. Reality has turned out a bit different, and I'd like to cover some things in this review that haven't seen covered in much detail in other reviews.
Summary: Durability Concern. Only 4 weeks old and a small bump shocked the camera enough that it will not power up. Sadly Panasonic wont cover it as it is considered as an external event and wants half the retail price to repair it. My jaw hit the ground. I have enjoyed the camera quite a bit but sadly I would have to classify it as highly shock prone after my experience. A light tumble may cost you $350.
Summary: Upgraded from GF1, image quality is amazing and 20mm 1.7 the must have lens. It's just a shame the terrible touchscreen that has a mind of his own. Was about to sell the camera because of this, but fortunately there's an option to turn off the touch function. Small camera, great iq.