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Great camera, but no image stabilization is a HUGE problem,
This review is from: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 12.1MP Micro Four-Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 14-45mm Lens (Electronics)I spent a lot of time trying to make up my mind, and now I have. Looked at both GF1 and Olympus E-P1 and going with Olympus. Panasonic is a better camera, no doubt, but they completely missed the boat with image stabilization. And I mean completely. Seems that they forgot why the 4/3m was created in the first place, and it was to make compact SLR for enthusiasts, not just professionals. That means a compact all-in-one camera for pics and video. Compact is the key word here, and without in-body image stabilization the only option for video is the Panasonic zoom lens with the MEGA O.I.S., which is huge. The 20mm pancake lens is fantastic for pics, but it does not have IS and you will not be able to shoot free hand video with it. Would you buy a camcorder without IS? I would not.
With zoom lens GF1 is nearly as large as a regular SLR, so what's the point? Olympus E-P1 has in-body IS, you can carry it around with just the pancake lens and get all the shots and video you want. Without optical IS built into the lens Olympus produced a collapsible zoom lens that is much smaller, even with it attached E-P1 is still pretty compact. For those who don't care as much about the size of the camera it will seem that I'm obsessed. True, but if not for size, why even consider GF1? Full size SLR will be cheaper and better.
Olympus has shortcomings too, slower auto-focus, no af assist light to make it even worse, no built-in flash. But I'd rather carry the small flash than the huge lens. In-lens image stabilization of Panasonic completely defeats the purpose and is the deal breaker for me.