Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Announced Sep 2, 2009 •
12 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 12.1MP Micro Four-Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 14-45mm Lens
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Product description
Announced Sep 2, 2009

When it was released in 2009, Panasonic billed the Lumix DMC-GF1 as 'the world's smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens system camera with a built-in flash'. Sporting a new 'artistic flat' body design similar to that of the (then) recently released Olympus E-P1, the GF1 is 35% smaller than earlier G models like the G1 and GH1. Headline features include the same 12.1Mp sensor as the DMC-G1, 1280 x 720 HD recording in AVCHD Lite format, an optional hot-shoe mounted electronic viewfinder, and a 3 inch LCD with 460k dots.

As far as image quality is concerned, JPEGs are good, though (at its default settings) the GF1 produces relatively muted and subtle output that's better suited to post processing than immediate printing. At a pixel level it's good, but not great, and you'll need to switch to raw to really appreciate what the GF1 is capable of. Overall, the GF1 was one of our favourite digital cameras when it was released, and it still is, even after the arrival of the GF2.

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Review, Oct 14, 2009
Quick specs
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4000 x 3000
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 460,000
Min shutter speed 60 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format AVCHD Lite
Storage types SD/SDHC/MMC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 385 g (0.85 lb / 13.58 oz)
Dimensions 119 x 71 x 36 mm (4.69 x 2.8 x 1.43)
GPS None

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Our review

The compact design means inevitable compromises when compared to a 'full size' SLR, but the GF1 gets so much right that it's a real winner in our eyes. Great image quality, a well-rounded feature set and surprisingly zippy performance put it a little ahead of the Olympus E-P1, and it's much more versatile.

Good for: 'Carry anywhere' camera for SLR users wanting something pocketable with excellent image quality

Not so good for: Action/sports/wildlife photography

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Highly Recommended
69%
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