Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

Announced Sep 12, 2008 •
12 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
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I purchased this camera at Heathrow airport in June 2009 and have never regretted it. Having dithered for several years over stepping into the DSLR owner's world, I couldn't quite take the leap.  It was a size thing. Then Panasonic changed the game ! The EVF and manual-focussing options make DSLR pentaprism look retro. With Panasonic's 20mm/f1.7 pancake clipped onto the body it's a dream to use.

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Bought this camera used in great condition. This is a great camera if you dig photography. For me the fact that there is no video doesn't matter. If you want to do video then buy a video camera. When it comes to noise reduction... the world is going a bit crazy and ridiculous about it. When I used to shoot in 35mm film we were happy to get to 800asa with Ilford BW fims and thought that the grain was part of the process. The camera is not all what you need for taking great pics but the talent ...

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This was my first DSLR - it was intimidating to start shooting at first, but the camera itself makes it very easy. A nice selection of lenses (My favorite lens is the 45 mm - 200 mm). I'll always keep this camera to play with (and also let my niece experiment). A wonderful first experience. Problems: I've had problems taking photographs at night. While I think that some of it was due to experience, I now think a lot of this has to do with the camera. Great starter DSLR.

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Very good Camera for indoor and oudoor pictures. With the 20mm 1,7f Pana lens the camera gives its best. Funny to use with old manual lenses findable on ebay (using lens adapters). Problems: Cannot take movies. Too many options, sometimes you lose yourself in the menu.

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veroman
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This is the first small-sized, light-weight interchangeable lens digital that I can safely say is the equal of my bigger Canons and my Nikon D2x. These cameras all have their strengths and weaknesses, but I do not ever hesitate to take the G1 and Panasonic lenses on a trip and leave the 5D II, 1Ds II and Nikon at home. No more than that needs to be said. Problems: No problems. Even the EVF is outstanding.

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panohead
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As a long time Canon user (2xEOS 1D Mark ll) I've been looking for a small portable camera to carry with me all the time. To cut a long story short, bought a G1 on the way to South Africa. Took 90 pictures while there. Most impressiv ething about this system is the anti shake capabilities. I shot at 1600 ISO (With manageable noise) and still only managed a shutter speed of 1/5th of a second with not a hint of shake in the images. Depth of field tends to be huge because of the system ...

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fotomas
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Feels like a good old SLR, the viewfinder also works in bad light conditions, you see what you get, even with the 14-140 lense real compact, ideal for travelling & outdoor

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axlotl
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After several months use and many thousands of exposures I am very pleased with the Pana G1. The concept is well designed and well executed. The size is just right for me, big enough to hold properly, small enough to carry around all day without strain. The dual view system for framing / composition is excellent. I use the rear screen for indoors / people photos so I can make eye contact with the subject. Outdoors / bright sun / telephoto lenses are best managed with the EVF. Features I ...

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For image quality I gave it 5 out of 5 - but keep in mind, that's for cameras in this price range. Of course you can't compare it to a $5k DSLR, but for a micro-4/3 or an entry-level DSLR it's awesome. When I bought it, I was looking for something that was not existing yet at the time: a pocketable camera with good low light performance and low shutter lag. Back then, there was no such thing (Sigma DP1 was pocketable, but it was very slow), so I sacrificed pocketability and got the G1. ...

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VinceC
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I bought the twin lens kit second hand for £500. The manual was unopened, so I think it had hardly been used. I've had it for a month now and here are my views. Positive. Tiny, low weight, the kit (14-45 and 45-200), plus the tiny FL220 flash, fit in a Billingham Hadley Digital Bag and weigh almost nothing. Resolution is up with or better than my D90 with mid range lenses (16-85mm). The user interface takes a little getting used to, but is very logical and easy once you get used to it. Well ...

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