Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Announced Nov 7, 2011 •
16 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
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Announced Nov 7, 2011

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 is an enthusiast-oriented model that bears more than a passing resemblance to the Lumix DMC-GF1. The GX1 sports a 16MP 'Live MOS' sensor, a maximum ISO sensitivity setting of 12,800, a touchscreen interface and a revamped AF system. The GX1 is also the first camera compatible with Panasonic's brand new high-resolution LVF2 viewfinder, sold separately. The GX1 is a camera that gets a whole lot right. Assessing it against its true predecessor, the GF1, you'd have to look very hard to find areas in which it does not represent a clear improvement. Panasonic has addressed almost every criticism of its early generation G-series cameras in a package that, when paired with its collapsible kit zoom is among the most pocketable cameras in its class.

We can't help but feel though that the wealth of competition in today's mirrorless market makes the GX1 a less exciting camera now than it would have been even a year ago. Sony's NEX-5N, not to mention the NEX-7 and Samsung's NX200 make compelling cases for a look at alternatives beyond the Micro Four Thirds realm.

Quick specs
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4592 x 3448
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, Intelligent ISO, 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length mult. 2×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 460,000
Min shutter speed 60 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 318 g (0.70 lb / 11.22 oz)
Dimensions 116 x 68 x 39 mm (4.57 x 2.68 x 1.54)
GPS None

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Our review

The GX1 packages external camera control points and a class-leading touchscreen interface in a classically-styled small form factor that produces the best image quality we've yet seen from a Micro Four Thirds camera.

Good for: Enthusiasts who crave external controls in a small form factor body. Users with an investment in Micro Four Thirds lenses looking for good high ISO noise performance.

Not so good for: Budget-conscious users who prefer an EVF and shooters who plan to devote significant time to shooting video.

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