Panasonic Lumix GF1 Review

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Review posted 1/11/2010
Quick Take
Pros
dSLR image quality in a much more compact size; Smooth 720p HD video capture (AVCHD); Interchangeable lenses; Micro 4/3 system; Low noise at high ISO's
Cons
Previous model featured 1080p HD video; No EVF (available as an accessory); Far fewer lenses available than most dSLR cameras
Bottom Line
The Panasonic Lumix GF1 features the performance, image quality and interchangeable lenses like a dSLR, but in a much smaller and easier to carry body. Click Here to read the entire conclusion.
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Panasonic's newest dSLR-like interchangeable lens system camera, the Lumix GF1, has the ability to capture professional quality images, HD video and feature Full-Time Live View, all in a body that is much smaller than a standard dSLR camera. This has been accomplished by eliminating the mirrors from inside the camera. The new 20mm Ultra-Pancake lens keeps the size down while allowing for bright images in low-light situations. Thanks to the use of the Micro FourThirds system, there are plenty of available lenses, including all of the FourThirds and Leica  lenses with the use of an adapter.

One of the biggest selling points of the previous model, the GH1, was its ability to capture 1080p HD movies at 24fps. The GF1 does not allow for the capture of 1080p but is limited to 720p HD video capture at 30fps and up to 17Mbps. This will help to produce smoother higher quality videos, but at a smaller resolution. The new pancake lens uses a drive system for the autofocus, that you will hear when play back your movies. A dedicated video capture button has been added to the top of the camera that allows you to start recording with just the touch of a button, no need to be in Video capture mode. This is a feature that Panasonic has been adding to its point-n-shoot cameras as well.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Features:
  • 12.1-Megapixel Live MOS imaging sensor
  • Choose from 4:3, 3:2, and 16:9 aspect ratios
  • Micro Four-Thirds lens mount system
  • Compatible with Four Thirds (30) mount and Leica M/R (20) lenses using optional adapter (DMW-MA1PP)
  • Venus Engine HD image processor
  • Supersonic Wave Filter Dust Reduction System
  • 3.0-inch, 460,000 dot, LCD
  • Optional Live View Finder
  • Full-Time Live View
  • intelligent Auto Shooting mode
  • Peripheral Defocus
  • Built-In TTL Flash - GN6.0 ISO 100
  • AVCHD Lite video format
  • 1:1 Aspect Ratio
  • Contrast AF Focus System - 23 area
  • 144-zone, multi-pattern light metering system
  • Shutter Speeds: 1/4000 - 60 seconds and Bulb (up to approx. 4 min.)
  • RAW image capture
  • 3fps High-Speed continuous shooting
  • Multiple Scene and other creative shooting modes
  • Movie Scene modes
  • USB and HDMI
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion battery, up to 380 images per charge
  • Viera Link
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 is available with the 20mm, f1.7 pancake lens or with a 14-45mm, f3.5-5.6 micro four thirds lens for $899.95.

In the Box:
  • Battery Charger/AC Adapter
  • Battery Pack
  • Body Cap
  • AV Cable
  • USB Connection Cable
  • AC Cable
  • DC Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CD-ROM (PHOTOfunSTUDIO 4.0 HD Edition, SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 3.0 SE, USB Drive)

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