Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Announced Sep 2, 2009 •
12 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
dpreview conclusion

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.

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Highly Recommended
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Good for

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

Not so good for

Action/sports/wildlife photography

Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
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Image quality (jpeg)
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Movie / video mode
Other reviews
DCRP Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
By: Jeff Keller, Digital Camera Resource Page (Oct 5, 2009)

Enter the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1: it's roughly the same size as the Olympus E-P1 and has better AF performance, a built-in flash, a higher resolution LCD, and a nicer movie mode. Add in full manual controls, a second-to-none live view experience, great photo quality, and lots of bells and whistles and well, I was smitten. Not only do I highly recommend the DMC-GF1 -- I can tell you that I...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 review
By: Mike Lowe, What Digital Camera (Sep 30, 2009)

The Panasonic GF1 makes best sense of the Micro Four Thirds format by kicking all the unnecessary DSLR-styling to the kerb.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 review

We said it on our Olympus E-P1 review and the same applies here: the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 is the camera many enthusiasts have been waiting for. It packs a DSLR-sized sensor into a relatively compact body, with the added bonuses of interchangeable lenses and HD video. The advantage of using a DSLR-sized sensor is much lower noise, higher dynamic range and a potentially shallower...

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