Why can't I handhold the GF1 at slow shutter speeds?

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Why can't I handhold the GF1 at slow shutter speeds?
Jul 16, 2010

Whenever I attempt to handhold my GF1 with the 20mm pancake at anything below about 1/40 second, I get blurry images from camera shake. Why is that? I know, I know, the 1/focal length rule of thumb. However, I'm asking the question because I can handhold my M8 with 40mm and 50mm lenses at much slower speeds and get acceptable results. I've gone as slow as 1/10 and 1/8 second with that camera. It's been explained to me that the M8 is able to do this because, unlike an SLR, there's not a mirror flipping up and causing the camera to shake with each shot. Now the GF1 doesn't have a mirror either, but why can't I shoot at comparably slow speeds, even when I'm using the external viewfinder and holding the camera against my face?

Explanations are appreciated—thanks!

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