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  • Built-in Microphone
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1: In-depth review by dpreview.com

Read the full Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 preview at dpreview.com
As the long-awaited spiritual successor to the highly-regarded Lumix GF1, this enthusiast-oriented offering from Panasonic combines its 16MP sensor and latest touchscreen interface with a rangefinder-inspired design. The wealth of external dials and buttons speaks to the photographer who prefers to take control over camera operation and exposure settings. Is this the camera GF1 owners have been waiting for? Read our in-depth review to find out.

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Color: Black | Style: 14-42mm Kit
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 9.2 x 3.9 inches ; 11.2 ounces
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  • ASIN: B00604YSNK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,390 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 5, 2011

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Color: Black | Style: 14-42mm Kit

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Panasonic GX-1 Digital Camera
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 16 MP Micro 4/3 Compact System Camera

Superb Image Quality and Performance Combined with a Premium Design
Panasonic is pleased to announce the addition of the DMC-GX1 interchangeable lens system camera as part of the LUMIX G Micro System as part of the new premium mirror-less line up - DMC-GX1 featuring high image quality and stunning performance in both response and function.

LUMIX G Micro System realizes high-quality photo images with real-to-life details through excellent resolution, image rendering and color reproduction. Taking full advantage of the 16.0-megapixel Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine, images to be shot in low-lit situations at max. 12800 high ISO sensitivity setting is stunningly clear with highly sharp resolution.

Precision Contrast AF system of LUMIX G Micro System gains even higher speed realizing approx. 0.09 second of Light Speed AF.* Consecutive shooting is also improved for 4.2 fps in 16.0-megapixel full resolution.

The DMC-GX1 records 1920 x 1080 full-HD video with stereo sound in AVCHD format which is superior in both compression efficiency and friendliness with AV equipment for playback. Advanced AF system including practical full-time AF and tracking AF is available in video recording so that every photographer can enjoy high quality video recording with minimum ease.

As a camera from the new premium line of LUMIX G Micro System, the external design of the camera has been developed with no compromising on grip, dial, coating - everything to detail. The hot shoe on the top lets you attach the optional tilt-shift Live View Finder (DMW-LVF2) of approx. 1.4x (approx. 0.7x**), 1,440,000-dot equivalent, 100% field of view. It is now compatible with UHS-I standard for the SDXC/SDHC Memory Card taking its advantage to extend performance.

Available in silver and black, the DMC-GX1 offers luxurious comfort in shooting experience with a stunning performance and a host of functions, to be a great partner that is always in your sight, in your mind.

* The time for focusing on the subject is measured with LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S (H-PS14042) to move the lens position to "2m" from "infinity" position. The zoom position is in wide end. Panasonic measurement method

** 35mm camera equivalent

High Image Quality for an Interchangeable Lens System Camera
LUMIX G Micro System realizes high-quality photo images with real-to-life details through excellent resolution, image rendering and color reproduction; high-grade lens and precision AF achieves high resolution, optimal balance of resolution and noise reduction achieves lifelike image rendering and high precision auto exposure and white balance with live light metering results in the faithful color reproduction.

The 16.0-megapixel Live MOS sensor plays a big role in high quality image rendering. With the dedicated circuit which reads out signals with minimum noise, the level of noise is significantly suppressed by more than 66%. Notably max. ISO 12800 is available with DMC-GX1. In shooting at high ISO setting, S/N value is improved by approx. 200% compared with the conventional 12.1-megapixel sensor. The sensor performance improves by 6db at ISO 3200 and max. 9db at ISO 6400, resulting in the dramatically flawless picture without noise.

GX1 Live MOS Sensor

In addition to the high-speed signal processing with its 3 CPUs, the image processor Venus Engine boasts its excellent performance with an adoption of noise reduction technology for even higher quality of image. By separating chromatic noise from luminance noise even more accurately by applying the optimal noise reduction to each, you can capture clear and beautiful images even when shooting at high ISO sensitivity levels. By preventing the color mixture which tended to occur around the edges, any chromatic noise, not only in the gradation part but also in the edge part, are described clearly. The engine also provides selective noise reduction to the outline part to let it have more naturally-balanced curve without deterioration of the resolution. In addition, the spot-type noise which can be often seen in the dark area of the picture taken in low light situation or color bleeding on high luminance area generated by the chromatic aberration. Details are kept by optimum synthesizing of the data which is processed with resolution-priority for edge part and NR-priority for smooth part of a picture*. The result is a picture with stunning clarity if shot in low-lit situations. Furthermore, optimization of the parameter contributes to the increase of resolution.

Venus Engine Sensor

* In a single shot at ISO3200 or higher. Not available with iA and iA Plus mode

Advanced AF System
All cameras of LUMIX G Micro System adopt Contrast AF for its focus system. The Phase-difference AF system is susceptible to mechanical margin of error. However, in Contrast AF system, focusing is controlled by the image sensor so that no mechanical margin of error occurs to achieve precise focusing. Compared with the Phase difference system AF, the Contrast AF boasts higher accuracy especially in shooting with bright lens with small F value. (e.g. the accuracy of Contrast AF is approx. 90% while Phase difference AF is approx. 60% at F1.4.)

Advanced AF System

The DMC-GX1 features the approx. 0.09 second of ultra high-speed Light Speed AF* which is achieved by reducing the detection time for focusing by the synchronization of the lens and the sensor at 120 fps. Not only the accuracy but also the speed excels by far than the high-end DSLRs with Phase difference AF with the advanced Contrast AF system in DMC-GX1.

High-Speed AF

The newly added focus mode AFF (AF Flexible) locks on the focus when shutter button is half-pressed, however, if the subject moves, the focusing is reset to get the best results.

AFF Mode

Combined with the Touch AF control, setting and focusing at the subject is incredibly easy and quick, never missing the spur-of-the-moment. Taking further advantage of Contrast AF, the DMC-GX1incorporates Full-area focusing which makes it possible to set focus on any point in the field of view. Frame composition is free and intuitive combining the touch-screen operation.

The touch-control system of DMC-GX1 immediately lets users to set focus to the subject by just touching it on the large, 460,000-dot wide-viewing angle LCD and you can even release the shutter. Once you lock on the subject by a touch, the camera tracks the subject with the AF tracking function even if it moves. Just a touch on the screen lets you select the part and the size of AF area with the 1-area AF. The 1-area AF in Face Detection even allows you to set finer focus on the eyes while capturing human face bright and clear. The Multi-area AF with 23 AF areas allows you to set a group of AF point according to the composition. In addition, Pinpoint AF function is incorporated in DMC-GX1 allowing more precise focus setting by further enlarging the focusing area. It assists, for example, setting focus right on the pupil in an eye.

In the MF assist mode, you can enlarge the part by just a touch to select 1x, 4x, 5x or 10x and smoothly move the part by dragging it on the screen. The 4x enlarged view is displayed on the framing screen making it possible to setting fine focus while composing the whole picture at the same time. * The time for focusing on the subject is measured with LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S (H-PS14042) to move the lens position to "2m" from "infinity" position. The zoom position is in wide end. Panasonic measurement method

Easy Manual Control with a Variety of Shooting Assist Functions
Despite its outstanding compactness, the operation on DMC-GX1 is smooth and easy with optimum layout of control buttons and the mode dial, turn-and-press dial and dedicated function buttons. The function the user changes its setting can be assigned to the 2 external buttons and 2 menus in the software tab for direct reach. In addition, a total of 4 custom setting patterns can be memorized to the camera (1 on C1 for direct switch and 3 on C2).

Now the DMC-GX1 comes with Level Gauge which lets the camera detect the horizontal/vertical angle of view with its internal level working with the acceleration sensor. Photos shot in a portrait aspect will be automatically displayed vertically whatever lens is used.

Level Gauge

The newly incorporated One Push AE adjusts exposure with a single press of Fn (Function) button when it is over/under exposure. It is especially useful in shootin outdoor with open aperture or indoor with fast shutter speed.

One Push AE

Zoom operation can be controlled with touch control when the Power Zoom lens of LUMIX G Micro System is attached. Speed of zooming can be adjusted in 2 steps.

Touch Zoon

Even though the DMC-GX1 pursued the ultimate compactness, Panasonic did not compromise in the equipment of camera such as built-in flash (GN7.6, ISO160).

Finest Tuning in Every Part of the Camera
As a camera from the new premium GX line of LUMIX G Micro System, the external design of the camera has been developed with no compromising in every detail. The ergonomically designed grip fits the DMC-GX1's flat profile yet easy to hold. Its tactile feeling offers more comfort thanks to the casting material resin and elastomer. The mode dial is machined with finest tuning on its pitch of spin, form of plate and shininess. Characters are sharply printed by laser so that they are easy to see and they last long. The buttons on the back also have style in the coating, spin, stamp and color.

1920 x 1080 Full-HD High Quality Video Recording
LUMIX G Micro System is the camera that records not only high quality photo but also stunning video. The AVCHD format features almost twice the recording time in HD quality than the conventional Motion JPEG. A special, dedicated button on the top lets the user instantly start recording videos while shooting photos without any having to make any extra settings. Now the DMC-GX1 can record high-resolution full-HD videos 1920 x 1080 at 60i (NTSC) / 50i in AVCHD (Sensor output is 30p [NTSC])*. Image recording is more flexible fun with the DMC-GX1. In addition to the practical full-time AF, the Touch AF in video recording also lets users enjoy professional-like rack focusing. Just by pointing the subject, the focus is shifted to it and let it stand out to attract attention.

The Extra Tele Conversion function virtually extends the zoom range Max.4.8x without deterioration of image quality in smaller resolution.

Even video beginners can record excellent video with the DMC-GX1 because the popular iA and iA Plus modes are also available in video recording. Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) helps prevent handshake when using high-powered zoom. AF Tracking locks on the subject with focus even it moves. Face Detection automatically detects a face in the frame and adjusts focus, exposure, contrast, and skin complexion on it, so it always turns out beautiful. The Intelligent D-range Control offers natural looking by optimizing the exposure for each part of an image, preventing blocked shadows and blown highlights and helping ensure that gradation and details are reproduced beautifully including the blue color of the sky. And Intelligent Scene Selector automatically switches between Portrait, Scenery, Close-up and Low Light modes according to the situation to optimize various parameters for higher visual quality.

High quality sound can be recorded with Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator. A Wind Cut function is also available to block out most of the noise from background wind. The DMC-GX1 can take a photo while recording video by just pressing a shutter button. Also, photos can be cropped out from the video and the unwanted part of the video can be removed with a video divide function.

Videos can be recorded in MP4 format to play it back directly on the PC or other portable electronic devices without a need of conversion.

• Full HD (1920 x 1080) videos are output by the image sensor at 30p (NTSC), and recorded at 60i (NTSC). HD (1280 x 720) videos are output by the image sensor at 30p (NTSC), and recorded at 60p (NTSC).
• Motion images can be recorded continuously for up to 29 min 59 sec in European PAL areas.
• Continuous recording exceeding 4GB is not possible when recording MP4. Remaining time for continuous recording is displayed on the screen.
• Use a card with SD Speed Class with "Class 4" or higher when recording motion pictures
• SD Speed Class is the speed standard regarding continuous writing.


Outstanding Performance in Power, Speed and Image Processing
With further optimization and rationalization in electric design, the DMC-GX1 excels in energy consumption and features approx. 11%* longer battery life than the DMC-G3 which complies with the same battery pack DMW-BLD10. The DMC-GX1 is now capable of 4.2 fps consecutive shooting in 16.0-megapixel full resolution with mechanical shutter. High speed burst shooting at 20 fps with electronic shutter is also selectable according to the shooting fast-moving subject and it is possible to select the best shot later**.

The Intelligent D-range Control offers even more natural looking by optimizing the exposure for each part of an image, preventing blocked shadows and blown highlights and helping ensure that gradation and details are reproduced beautifully including the blue color of the sky.
DMC-GX1 compiles the Intelligent Resolution technology to perform the optimum signal processing depending on the part of a picture to give a whole image outstandingly natural clearness with fine details.

Cameras of LUMIX G Micro System are equipped with highly efficient Dust Reduction System. If dust or other foreign matter gets inside the camera when you're changing lenses, it could cling to the image sensor and show up as a spot in your photos. The Dust Reduction System in the DMC-GX1 helps eliminate this possibility by placing a supersonic wave filter in front of the Live MOS sensor. Vibrating vertically around 50,000 times per second, the filter repels dust and other particles effectively.

The DMC-GX1 is compatible with UHS-I standard for the SDXC/SDHC Memory Card taking its advantage of high-speed data transmission.

*Based on a CIPA Standard.
** In the high speed burst shooting at 20 fps, the picture size is fixed to S-size in all aspects.


Artistic Color Control Functions and iA (Intelligent Auto) Plus Mode
The DMC-GX1 is artistic not only in form, but also in function. It provides an array of features that let users capture precisely true-to-life images and create their own beautifully expressive images. The Creative Control offers a variety of color modes; Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Miniature Effect* and newly added Low Key and Toy Effect mode.

The Photo Style is another option to look photos more true to your artistic intention. It has Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait presets while enabling finer adjustment of contrast, sharpness, saturation and noise reduction by each. It is possible to fully customize those settings to make user's own color effect manually in Custom mode.

These two modes — Creative Control and Photo Style — let users at any level of skill enjoy giving photographers' intention to make the picture even more impressive and fun.

The DMC-GX1 has advanced functions that will satisfy experienced photographers, yet is easy enough for beginners of interchangeable lens camera to use comfortably in both photo and video recording with the iA (Intelligent Auto) Plus. In addition to the popular iA functions – AF Tracking, Intelligent D-range Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition and Intelligent ISO Control - , the iA Plus mode lets users adjust defocusing area in the background, exposure compensation and white balance for more flexible control.
* Sound will not be recorded with [MINIATURE EFFECT] in Creative Control Mode and approximately 1/10 of the time period is recorded. (If you record for 10 minutes, the resulting motion picture recording will be approximately 1 minute long)

Enjoy Watching High Quality Photos and Videos on Large HDTV — VIERA Link Networking Even in 3D
With Panasonic's introduction of an interchangeable lens to make 3D photo shooting possible with an interchangeable lens system camera, Panasonic proposes to enjoy high-quality shooting in 3D with DMC-GX1.

Both photo and AVCHD video recorded on SD Memory Cards are easy to view on a Panasonic VIERA TV with dynamic HD resolution. The user simply inserts the card into the VIERA Image Viewer (SD Memory Card slot) on a VIERA TV or DIGA Blu-ray Disc Player** to play the content. Alternatively, an optional HDMI mini cable can be used to output still and motion images recorded with the DMC-GX1 directly to the TV for easy VIERA Link operation. This makes it possible to take maximum advantage of the camera's playback functions, including slideshows in which both still and motion images are played sequentially, or calendar displays and so on.

* For a digital interchangeable lens as of September 21, 2010.
** AVCHD motion images recorded onto an SD Memory Card or a DVD cannot be played on a device that does not support the AVCHD standard.


Rich Options for Further Expandability
The Micro Four Thirds System products are joining today's Four Thirds System products to provide customers with even higher levels of performance in a digital interchangeable lens camera. In addition to LUMIX G lenses, the LUMIX DMC-GX1 can use any interchangeable lens that complies with the Four Thirds System standard via an optional Mount Adaptor for the unlimited number of lens properties.

The hot shoe on the top lets you attach the optional tilt-shift Live View Finder (DMW-LVF2) of approx. 1.4x (approx. 0.7x*), 1,440,000-dot equivalent, 100% field of view.

The LUMIX DMC-GX1 system camera offers a wide variety of options to choose from to match every shooting situation and shooting style – External Flashes, PL Filters, ND Filters, MC Protectors, Remote Shutter, Zoom Lever, Battery Pack, AC Adaptor, DC Coupler, Lens Caps, Straps, Cases and Bags.


Product Description

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1K 16 MP Micr4/3 Compact System Camera with 3-Inch Touch-Screen LCD and 14-42mm Zoom Lens (Black)

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

However, most of the reviewers, Popular Photograhy being the lone exception, did NOT take into…If you shoot in RAW and process yourself, the results are quite spectacular. Read more ›
The photos are amazing and this camera is a breeze to learn! Never master SLRs but this was easy...and fun Read more ›
Both performed excellently. The built quality is very solid. The size is so small that I can carrying it in the pocket of my coat, even with a 25mm f1.4 lens on. Read more ›
My favorite settings are the Creative mode built into the camera as I can take several shots the same using different modes and less…The photos are crisp and well defined. Read more ›
This is a quality camera. Coupled with Panasonic lenses it produces results that are outstanding. I take this camera everywhere because of its size and weight. Read more ›
Works great just shooting in program mode, but is very customizable and there are plenty of manual controls for advanced…Image quality is great, especially in low light. Read more ›
For many enthusiasts, that's enough. Another thing to keep in mind is that with this platform, prime lenses are the best way to go for maximum sharpness and largest aperture. Read more ›
Need something to carry around with me instead of a large dslr and I like the results I get lens is sharp camera handles well and feels solid Read more ›
Also to mention I am using it with Panasonic Leica 25 mm f/1.4 G. Perfect lens for this machine. You should try that too. Read more ›
after learning to shoot a phone camera, the jump was no big deal. put on good lens and poof you have a great package. Read more ›
The 14-42mm kit lens is pretty bad. Honestly, the functioning of the lens itself is not horrible, but it's very poorly built. The mounts are plastic and the zoom and focus… Read more ›
I bought this configuration because the lens was almost free. It is a good lens however has a slow lens. I also bought the 20MM F1.7. Read more ›
I think Digital cameras have reached a maturity that means a two-year-old design is a desirable camera. Yes, the latest model is nicer, but it's not $500 nicer. This camera… Read more ›
All in all I enjoy this camera a lot, the m4/3 system has many lens options and is growing quickly. Very easy to recommend. Read more ›
There are 2 on…I've primarily been using the Aperture priority dial, but the ability to quickly access a preferred camera setup via the Custom mode dial is a nice feature. Read more ›
This thing is really sweet. Compact, ton of features, interchangeable lens. Read more ›
I have a G2, G3, GF2 ano bought this out of boredom (not really, I paid $279). Fantastic manual controls, specially AF/MF, AF/AE lock, etc. IQ is better than GF2 as… Read more ›
I knew I wanted a camera that was much better than a point-and-shoot, yet I didn't want the bulk of carrying a DSLR around. The camera had to be compact, yet functional. It… Read more ›
Also much better than the Canon T2i/T3i due to the use of a touchscreen. Focusing is quick and accurate. So is face detection and exposure correction whenever a face is… Read more ›
I've had it for about a month and can say that I love this thing! The autofocus is lightning fast with the kit lens and the 20mm/1.7f lens. The touchscreen is responsive… Read more ›
The kicker is... Her photos have been…She still got the pancake lens though for a more slimmer profile plus the ultra fast autofocus is a huge attribute for the gx1. It… Read more ›
You wont mist anything with the camera ability to simply point and shoot. The autofocus is very fast. The camera is very simple to use but at the same time your can custom… Read more ›
It does take some good pictures in bright light. Though sometimes even in good light the focus is not sharp. Rather than shelling out $350-450 for a better lens, I'd rather… Read more ›
The small size of this camera does make it very discreet and less obtrusive. 2. Lightning fast focus: seriously, lightning fast. 3. Availability of lenses: The MFT format… Read more ›
I have produced some great images which have been sold as large prints, so other…The GX1 is easy to use and with the LVF-2 viewfinder in bright light is a super camera. Read more ›
- Size & Weight: Absolutely Excellent - Manual Controls: Great, easy to use Read more ›
This camera is perfect in every respect. Very simple to use, plenty of Panasonic lens and on line information to choose from..... Read more ›
Of course not. But what it does do is give you a convenient alternative to using a DSLR when used as a secondary camera. Even at home, this setup is small enough to throw… Read more ›
It has many user friendly qualities, such as excellent dim light ISO range, good stabilization (great for using longer lenses without a tripod), horizontal reference line… Read more ›
The high ISO…I also purchased the aux viewfinder, I had one with the GF-1 and this one is actually usable, very sharp and crisp image, great for using it in the sun. On… Read more ›
This is an excellent mirrorless camera. The build quality is excellent and the images are very good. The only real weak point is that the LCD is difficult to see in bright… Read more ›
The GX-1 is my first mirrorless, and is a TRUE winner. Build quality is wonderful, very solid, design is stunning, it's a gorgeous camera. IQ (image quality) is… Read more ›
Here's what I have found out so far. 1. Overall build quality is excellent. The wheel button, battery cover, and connection port cover can be a little beefier but not that… Read more ›
Panasonic GX1 great camera for people stepping up from a point a shoot like me,small and compact with a…very good image quality,very well build and very fast auto focus. Read more ›
It's great for the price point. This is not a pro-level camera, one cannot expect Leica or full-frame pro-DSLR like build quality. For what you get, it is excellent. Read more ›
I've owned a GF3, which is a bit smaller, but the difference is in build quality: the GF3 is mostly metal, and decently put together, but feels like a consumer camera. the… Read more ›
The glowing blue button also notifies…This feature has very little face time on positive reviews, and I find this feature, a simple glowing blue button, to be very useful. Read more ›
I also like the touch-screen but miss the Function (Fn) button on the GF1 that allows me to quickly switch between the various aspect ratios; the Function button on the GX1… Read more ›
Unfortunately…Oddly, flash compensation was the only feature lacking obvious controls and I had to look it up in the manual: press a function button and turn the input dial. Read more ›
So why did I buy the Panasonic GX1 when Sony's…For me, the overall package of smaller, faster, lighter lenses, (& body) and intuitive, easy to use interface won me over. Read more ›
5. Very easy to use interface. Read more ›
I'm used to the nice front/rear wheels on my Nikon DSLR, and in…I also wish the ISO was easier to change, and that Panasonic offered more customizable function buttons. Read more ›
I also liked the flash, although not great,…The touch screen is pretty nice as well, allowing you to choose focus points, and the custom controls I definitely made use of. Read more ›
The olympus lenses are very compatible and work perfect with the panasonic gx1 if you have them. The screen is bright and works well in bright sunlight. It feels solid and… Read more ›
One of my favorites: I can reduce…The camera has a nice touch screen interface, and probably decent video, but I don't use these functions much so I won't comment on them. Read more ›
The camera has a very good touch screen system, has a very capable Live MOS 16.68 MegPix image sensor, utilizes the high speed 3 core processor Venus Engine 3DNR, and has a… Read more ›
Nice focus, great LCD even in bright light, nice color tone right out of the camera. Fits well in my hand and I'm over six feet so small cameras are a bit of a concern… Read more ›
All pictures that I had taken are the standard format .JPG and they look great! The build of the camera is solid; mostly metal housing with a very nice LCD touch-screen. I… Read more ›
It's tiny enough to mount on a "gorilla pod" (assuming you use lightweight…The video quality is superb with native lenses and very good to so/so with my Nikon lenses. I… Read more ›
-Burst shooting great for action (parasailing) -Video was high quality and easy to use with instant access button Read more ›
If you're doing a lot of video…The quality of the gh2 videos are already well noted and has been compared with the canon 5d mark II, especially with some hacked firmware. Read more ›
Some of the onscreen quick menu things are confusing, so many things! Takes gorgeous HD video. Sadly the 20mm doesn't have Image Stabilization, also it is slowww on the… Read more ›
I love the size and the retro look as well. Records nice videos too. I got myself a huge 32gb card for it, and even at top quality it was hard to fill that thing up, and… Read more ›
I've used this…IF you kind of street, flower, close-up subjects photographer this camera is built for that, Macro shots works great as well... video quality is Superb! w… Read more ›
The quality of my photos has improved and I would recommend this to everyone. The price was great and I really love how light it is. Read more ›
But one thing hasn't changed: If cost is an issue- as it is to most those of us who aren't working pros- the best values are to be found in buying used gear that's a step… Read more ›
It was comfortable and went with me everywhere. I would recommend this for someone who is looking for a great travel camera at a reasonable price! Read more ›
Alot of folks have written negative reviews of the X Series 14-42mm power zoom but…As for the lens, I find that the price I paid for the camera kit is well worth the price. Read more ›
It is a pleasure to use and produces fine images. It may be replaced with a new model soon, hence the great price. Grab one while it is still available! Read more ›
Best camera I've ever had. Great pictures, easy to maneuver and great price. I've used all kinds of cameras and this is the first one that fits my needs. Read more ›
I normally shoot 720p on my GF1 and GH2, so I'll still be shooting 720p here. I like the 720p for the smaller file size which is quicker to upload online. Read more ›
Relatively cheap, marvelously sharp, diminutive in size, full control over every function, the GX1 is a nearly perfect camera. My only gripe? Read more ›
The GX1 is built like a luxury item, the body is very high…There are all the usual functions you'd expect on a quality full size DSLR but packaged in a smaller body. Read more ›
build quality is great. fast focus. great feature set, compact size. was choosing between this one and the Sony NEX-5R. went with this for its built in flash. only thing I… Read more ›
Lack of auto-focus has not been a big issue with the manual focus magnification system…The 90 mm Elmar has also been very useful and convenient because of its compact size. Read more ›
I got it so I could carry it in my messenger bag…I'm a professional camera operator so I have lots of fun gear, but none is anywhere near the compact sized of the GX1. I… Read more ›
It does not auto switch between LCD screen and finder but turning the thumb wheel will put the image on the LCD…The viewfinder is clear and lag free under most conditions. Read more ›
The LVF2 viewfinder is a huge improvement over the GF1's LVF1 POS, if you want to use a viewfinder (I do when I'm using the longer lenses, at least partly for the stability… Read more ›
I am betting that one day soon there will be a full frame…The technology these days with live LCD viewfinders is good enough now to replace the cumbersome mirror. Howev… Read more ›
have had it now more than 6 months and the performance with both photo and video is…Finally got the Live view finder too - adds great resolution view finder to the GX1. G… Read more ›
There is an accessory I would recommend aside from what comes in the package, the electronic viewfinder; while the lcd display is excellent, the viewfinder is irreplaceable… Read more ›
Some called it the…The mechanics were mostly very solid (the viewfinder housing was flimsy), the focus was confident and fast, and it had a suite of outstanding lenses. I… Read more ›

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164 of 170 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 29, 2011
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I own the GF1 and GH2 so I'll be comparing with those two cameras. I like the rangefinder-like body but as with using a camera, the photos and image quality comes above all. That's the reason why I use my GH2 more often than the GF1. But now with the GX1, it seems like Panasonic is finally able to put GH2 capability into a GF1 body. That's something I've been looking for.

- BUILT

The GX1 construction is sturdy. It's a metal body and now comes with a new rubber grip that I like. You get a firmer hold when using heavier lens.

The GX1 is slightly slimmer than GF1. At 272g, it's 13g lighter than GF1 and 120g lighter than GH2. By the way, the LVF2 is 36g.

Buttons behind are rearranged a bit. I've read a few reviews saying the buttons are cheap and misaligned, but I don't think that's so with my set.

The new flash can now be tilted back for a bounce lighting so that's useful. But the flash films filmsy. I seldom use it even with my GF1 so it's a small issue.

The battery used here is the BMW-BLD10, also used by the GF2. That means now I have three different batteries and chargers with GF1, GX1, and GH2. I seriously think Panasonic should release new batteries only when they can double the capacity. 2 old batteries are always going to last longer than whatever new battery. Panasonic, just choose a slim battery and stick with it for 10 years.

- SPEED (Autofocus and handling)

I value speed A LOT.

I'm glad to say that the autofocus speed is very comparable to GH2, which means it's almost instant.

The touchscreen is convenient for autofocus.
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95 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Wayne on December 30, 2011
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A conversation with a friend on Sony's Nex 7 started my journey into a full week research on these new mirrorless compact interchangeable lens cameras. My choices went from the Sony Nex 7, Samsung NX200, Olympus EP3, Olympus EPL3, Pentax Q, Fuji X100 (lens not interchangeable), Nikon J1 and the V1.

I'm looking for a pocketable camera that can take good pictures. I can sacrifice a few things if it means I'm more likely to carry the darn thing with me. The m43 fits the bill with their smaller lens. To counter the previous reviews, the build quality on the GX1 is excellent. I purchased the camera from my local Samys where I got to hold and play with the Olympus, Nikon and Panasonic cameras. From the bunch, the Panasonic felt the best. It has enough weight to feel legitimate in the hands. The hand grip is just right for this size of a camera. The mode dial is firm and not likely to shift when maneuvering in and out of my jacket pocket. It has customize-able dial settings C1 and C2 as common with the latest Panasonic cameras. It has programmable soft keys (in the touch screen) within quick reach. The menu system is nicely laid out and quick. The Q-menu, short for quick menu, is also customizable. I arranged mines to give me instant access to various settings for raw, metering, etc. This is a nifty feature and seen in other Panasonic cameras. It's clear that Panasonic pays a lot of attention to this aspect of the usability experience. You can pick it up and navigate through the menu very easily without a manual. Another cool feature is live manual focus mode. In automatic focus mode, you can adjust the manual focus ring and the body will automatically switch to that mode while zooming into the focus area so you can set your focus. Really cool for this body.
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89 of 100 people found the following review helpful By S. Kasapi on January 29, 2012
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I normally don't post reviews, but I've been surprised at how few reviews of this camera there are on Amazon. Some of the negative reviews have also been a bit bizarre, IMHO, so I wanted to share my opinion with other photo enthusiasts. Specifically, I'm writing to people who loved (or still love) the discontinued Contax G2.

My gold standard for a mirrorless (ie. rangefinder) camera is the Contax G2, which is a film camera. It stopped production when Contax died some time ago, but it still has a cult-like following. Some called it the poor man's Leica, but it's really an excellent camera. The mechanics were mostly very solid (the viewfinder housing was flimsy), the focus was confident and fast, and it had a suite of outstanding lenses. It was easy to hold, durable, and very pretty. I took a lot of photos with my G2 that I'm very fold of. Then I sold it because I got tired of scanning film.

I've been hoping someone would come up with a digital camera like the G2. Maybe Leica has, but I could never justify spending thousands of dollars for a basic body. Forget about the prices of Leica lenses... To give you context, I've been using a Nikon D700 with primarily the 24-70 f2.8 (excellent image machine but big - too big a lot of the time), the Panasonic LX5 (a great camera, small and very capable, but a far cry from the G2 when it comes to handling and image quality), and my iPhone (the iPhone 4S is pretty good if you don't force it to embarrass itself).

Panasonic's GF1 seemed like a nice camera, but I never was terribly impressed by the images I saw from it. As my lawyer used to say, nice try but no cigar. The GF2 and GF3 are fine cameras, I'm sure, but they weren't heading in the direction of the G2, so I passed.
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