Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 (with 20mm lens, Black)
Manufacturer: Panasonic Part number: DMC-GF1C-K
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- The best interchangeable-lens compact we've see thus far, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 delivers great photo quality and performance in an enthusiast-friendly shooting experience. Like competitors, however, the lack of an optical viewfinder limits its usability for photographing action.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $1,751.39
- Reviewed by: Lori Grunin
- Reviewed on: 10/28/2009
- Released on: 09/29/2009
The good: Excellent photo quality and performance for its class; comfortable, streamlined design; interchangeable lenses.
The bad: EVF costs extra; can't use EVF and hot-shoe flash simultaneously.
The bottom line: The best interchangeable-lens compact we've see thus far, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 delivers great photo quality and performance in an enthusiast-friendly shooting experience. Like competitors, however, the lack of an optical viewfinder limits its usability for photographing action.
The Lumix DMC-GF1 is damn near perfect in my opinion.
by lumixx on December 1, 2009
Pros: Great picture quality.
Nice LCD screen.
Cons: Pricey-Were in a recession for heavens sake!
Hot shoe cumbersome.
Summary: This Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 is working towards what perfection in photography is defined as. It has all the new technologies , but just hasn't perfected them yet. Also the hot ...
Summary: This Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 is working towards what perfection in photography is defined as. It has all the new technologies , but just hasn't perfected them yet. Also the hot shoe is a design flaw. Switching between the elv and flash get's a tad frustrating at times when you only have a few seconds before you miss the next great shot. Also I feel the price need's to between between more like $500-600 range considering the economy in all. Having said this I do feel Panasonic is setting the bar in photography and will keep getting returning customers like myself.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
image quality, weight>my beloved slr:it's the BEST!
by bethlavine on April 11, 2010
Pros: Most of all I like the image quality. Everything else seems like the best of my heavy Nikon slr, my old Canon, and my Leica rolled into one. I have a lot of freedom to take the shots I want using manual controls
Cons: Not a fast shutter speed. I don't mind the electronic viewfinder, but it takes getting used to. It is different from the through the lens feel of an slr
Summary: After serious shoulder surgery, I could no longer carry my beloved but heavy Nikon. After trying out a number of slr and point and shoot cameras, I thot I would ...
Summary: After serious shoulder surgery, I could no longer carry my beloved but heavy Nikon. After trying out a number of slr and point and shoot cameras, I thot I would have to give up photography bec. I couldn't stand the image quality or the camera was still too heavy. The Leica of course worked, but only with a tripod. This panasonic is a dream to use, and the image quality is outstanding. Because I am taking mostly landscapes with ppl in them, I'm not frustrated by the slow shutter speed. It totally meets my needs as an enthusiast
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
A few recommendations after several months with a GF1
by psulick3 on September 21, 2010
Pros: 1. Great RAW shooting
2. Size and portability
3. Decent auto-focus
4. VERY user friendly manual mode
5. HD video is good despite the inability to refocus during the clips.
6. Great Auto shooting mode
Cons: 1. Low light
2. Action shots are tough to nearly impossible.
Summary: The lens to have with this camera is the 45mm Leica f2.8 macro lens. I use the 20mm and the 45mm for basically everything. With a crop factor of ...
Summary: The lens to have with this camera is the 45mm Leica f2.8 macro lens. I use the 20mm and the 45mm for basically everything. With a crop factor of 2x, these lenses are the 35mm equivalent of 40mm and 90mm, an ideal kit for almost all shooting. Don't even bother with the short zoom lens options. If needs be get one of the longer zooms, maybe the new 100mm to 300mm they just released. The 20mm and the 45mm lenses are so small you can carry them in a pants pocket with your GF1 in a jacket pocket.
I shoot all my images in RAW. The GF1 has fantastic RAW performance and processing into JPEG, if needs be, is simple and user friendly. The real choice with the GF1 is one of preference. For a bit more money, you can get the Canon T2i, which is a far more capable camera in every sense of the word, but the GF1 can capture basically 75% of your shots just as good as the Canon in a much easier to deal with package. Imagine having to lug one less bag around on vacation. A GF1 user simply tosses an extra lens (in a padded case of course) in the wife's purse and pockets his camera. No need for a big camera bag.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
One of the best Micro 4/3rds cameras on the market
by kayone73 on July 16, 2010
Pros: 1. size for near dSLR quality images
2. solid, sturdy construction n feel
3. easy user interface
4. great image quality esp with the 20mm pancake lens
5. great 720p 30 fps HD video
Cons: 1. still bulky for a compact and not as pocketable as you might think
2. no in body IS or in the 20mm pancake lens
3. less than stellar battery life
4. ISO range starts to suffer at 800 and greater
Summary: I was looking for a smaller, more discrete companion camera to my dSLR to use in situations where a bulky camera was inappropriate and after much research I leaned towards ...
Summary: I was looking for a smaller, more discrete companion camera to my dSLR to use in situations where a bulky camera was inappropriate and after much research I leaned towards the compact form factor micro 4/3s format interchangeable lens cameras with the GF1 taking the lead. Unlike the cute retro-designed Olympus PEN cameras, the GF1 has a more no-nonsense all-black metal case giving it a higher quality feel and professional look. I purchased the kit including the 20mm pancake lens to give it as small a profile as possible to fit into coat pockets. Despite not having image stabilitzation the 20mm prime f1.7 pancake lens has amazing image quality allowing for fast shots even in dark situations. The camera shoots at an impressive 3fps burst speed for its size and does 12.1 MP in RAW, JPEG or both. Both RAW and JPEG images are quite good and the on screen quick access user interface is easy to use and something most SLR users will like is the control dial that's used to change the apeture and exposure settings. A tradition shooting mode dial sits on top and night shooters can benefit from the built in pop up flash that is reasonably powerful for its size, giving it a leg up over the competing Olympus EP1 and EP2 which require an external hotshoe flash for shooting. HD shooting can be done in 2 ways, either with the ACVHD Lite mode which is good for playback on an HDTV via AV cable or motion jpeg (avi) which is the more suitable mode if you want to upload videos online.
Some downsides to the camera include size, despite going into the advantages of having a powerful camera in a compact form, its not quite as small as you might think. Even with the pancake lens you will have a hard time slipping this into your pants pocket like a true compact P&S, but it will fit reasonably in a loose coat pocket. Also ISO sensitivity suffers a bit esp when shot above 800, the noise grain can be painfully obvious. Also with the IS found in the telephoto kits lens, the 20mm prime may exhibit more blur n shake in dim lighting than you'd want, without a tripod setup. And since you're using the LCD constantly, the battery life doesnt last as many shots as the corresponding SLR so you'll be running low pretty quickly, esp if you shoot a lot of video.
The mirrorless interchangable lens cameras should prove to be a gamechanger in the camera industry, combining small package SLR shooting power with great video taking abilities. Among the smaller cameras the GF1 is among the best of the bunch so far.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Very easy to use and compact
by billysbabe on March 24, 2010
Pros: The picture quality is awesum, the camera is compact enough to fit in an average size ladies purse, the features are easy to use.
Cons: There is nothing that I dislike
Summary: I was looking for a new camera and wanted something a little more expensive than the average digital camera and my friend recommended this product and after testing the features ...
Summary: I was looking for a new camera and wanted something a little more expensive than the average digital camera and my friend recommended this product and after testing the features in the store i was very happy to purchase.
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great camera for travels
by tsunrhee on June 9, 2010
Pros: good quality pictures
ease of use
AMAZING 20mm f1.7 lens
Cons: none at the moment
Summary: Amazing is all I can say. What actually drove me to buy this is the 20mm lens. I already have an olympus E510 with 3 lenses plus a Utough 8000. ...
Summary: Amazing is all I can say. What actually drove me to buy this is the 20mm lens. I already have an olympus E510 with 3 lenses plus a Utough 8000. I can bring the Utough everywhere I go and though the olympus is one of the smallest form factors for an slr i discovered it is still too cumbersome. Just like hiking in hanoi etc... u need to keep your balance and lugging along an slr is really too hard. Alternatively bringing a compact along is the best. However, just as in many cases, during these situations when a beautiful shot comes up and you just wished u had your slr with you.
I found the solution!!
Panasonic GF1!! really is a great camera...
and oh did i mention the 20mm f1.7 lens???!!!
Simply amazing....(now i sound like steve jobs)
Step up from P&S
by nSeika on May 22, 2010
Pros: Better picture quality and ISO performance (though maybe not comparable to full frame SLR).
Easy to understand interface, more than Olympus' offering
Cons: Pricy EVF option.
The auto focus seems to be biasing towards the background.
Summary: Although can't say anything for peoples coming down from SLR, this camera took good picture. It still struggles in low available light for those uninitiated (yours truly included) with ...
Summary: Although can't say anything for peoples coming down from SLR, this camera took good picture. It still struggles in low available light for those uninitiated (yours truly included) with blurs and the faster prime (20mm f1.7) doesn't have image stabilization for a bit slower shooting.
The size is larger than a P&S, but still good enough to be grip carried for several hours.
As for users who would come from P&S, remember this is a system camera. Unless you only want to stick with the kit lens forever, understand that the price of these cameras (and SLR) is just the first wave of the devil that will eat your wealth slowly. There's still lenses (and even more lenses with adapter) and accessories like filters, flashes, etc that you will eventually feel you need it.
If there's a suggestion for Panasonic, make a great built-in viewfinder in rangefinder style and sell it as cheaper alternative for peoples dreaming of shooting in rangefinder style like the Leica M but probably will never had the money to buy it.
electronic viewfinder kills it for me
by fewtube on December 10, 2009
Pros: well made - construction and design. good to very good photos for camera of this category.
Cons: electronic viewfinder is no better than in other more basic cameras. menu a bit fiddly.
Summary: overall an okay camera. but for the price and in this category, the competition matches and in some aspects, surpasses the panasonic. ultimately, if you are really into your photography, ...
Summary: overall an okay camera. but for the price and in this category, the competition matches and in some aspects, surpasses the panasonic. ultimately, if you are really into your photography, go for an entry level DSLR. I love panasonic's many products, but they should respectfully leave camera making to Canon. And Olympus.
0 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Panasonic
- Part number: DMC-GF1C-K
- Description: The GF1 adopts the micro four thirds system standard, which was developed as an extended version of the four thirds system standard for digital camera systems. By using this standard and developing a camera body that eliminates the mirror box and optical viewfinder unit, Lumix was able to achieve a dramatic reduction in both size and weight compared with conventional digital SLR cameras, to create a new-generation system camera that features full-time live view, high-speed, high-precision contrast AF, HD movie recording, and more. The GF1 is small enough to take anywhere yet sophisticated enough to take you as far into photography and movies as you want to go. The 4/3-type 12.1-megapixel live MOS sensor featured in the GF1 offers the best of both worlds the superior image quality of a CCD sensor, and the lower power consumption of a CMOS sensor. This sensor is also advantageous for photo and movie recording with its high S/N, thanks to a circuit structure that is unaffected by the noise generated in each of the circuits. It results in clear images even when taken at high ISO sensitivity. The hybrid GF1 lets you take both high-quality photos and HD movies. You can shoot breathtaking HD movies in AVCHD Lite format (MPEG-4/H.264) backed by the high sound quality of Dolby Digital Creator. And you can record for a longer time without running out of memory because AVCHD Lite stores data more efficiently than Motion JPEG while maintaining stunning image clarity and detail. A dedicated "movie record" button on the top lets you instantly start recording movies while shooting photos, so you don't miss a second of the action.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - Mirrorless system
- Enclosure Color Black
- Resolution 12.1 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type Live MOS
- Total Pixels 13,100,000 pixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 12,100,000 pixels
- Optical Sensor Size 13.0 x 17.3mm
- Field of View Crop Factor 1.5
- Sensor Dust Reduction Yes
- Sensor Features Supersonic Wave Filter (SWF)
- Digital Zoom 4 x
- Image Stabilizer Optical (MEGA O.I.S.)
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty 23
- Digital Video Format QuickTime,
- Image Recording Format JPEG,
RAW + JPEG
- AV Interfaces HDMI,
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO 3200,
- Exposure Metering Multi-segment,
- Exposure Metering Zones 144
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Shooting Programs Candle,
Sand & snow,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Daylight,
2500K - 10000K (100K steps),
- Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 60 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±3 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
- White Balance Bracketing Yes
- X-sync Speed 1/160 sec
- Exposure Range EV 0-18 ( ISO 100 )
- Type Lens - 20 mm - F/1.7 Micro Four Thirds
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 40 mm
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Min Focus Range 7.9 in
- Max View Angle 57 degrees
- Lens Construction 5 groups / 7 elements
- Filter Size 46 mm
- Lens System Mounting Micro Four Thirds
- Features Aspherical lens
- Camera Flash Pop-up flash
- Guide Number (m / ISO 100) 6
- Flash Modes Rear curtain sync,
Flash OFF mode,
- Features Flash +/- compensation,
- Continuous Shooting Speed 2 frames per second,
3 frames per second
- Self Timer Delay 2 sec,
- Flash Terminal Hot shoe
- Additional Features Digital image rotation,
Resizing an image,
Cropping an image,
720p HD movie recording,
Full-time Live View,
RGB primary color filter,
Face Detection AF/AE,
Automatic display brightness adjustment,
Intelligent Scene Selector,
USB 2.0 compatibility
- Type 3 in LCD display
- Display Features Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Mono
- Microphone Features Wind noise reduction,
- Connector Type 1 x USB,
1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x HDMI output,
1 x Remote control
- Software Panasonic PHOTOfunSTUDIO 4.0 HD Edition,
Drivers & Utilities,
SILKYPIX Developer Studio
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- Microsoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
- Included Accessories USB cable,
Power adapter with battery charger,
Audio / video cable
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1250 mAh ( Included )
Memory / Storage
- Memory Card Slot SD card
- Supported Memory Cards SDHC Memory Card,
SD Memory Card
- Image Storage JPEG 4000 x 3000,
JPEG 4000 x 2672,
JPEG 4000 x 2248,
JPEG 3264 x 2176,
JPEG 2816 x 1584,
JPEG 2560 x 1712,
JPEG 2048 x 1536,
JPEG 1920 x 1080,
JPEG 2048 x 1360,
JPEG 2992 x 2992,
JPEG 2112 x 2112,
JPEG 1504 x 1504
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 4.7 in
- Depth 1.4 in
- Height 2.8 in
- Weight 10.1 oz
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
Specs: 12.1 megapixels,
13.0 x 17.3mm,
Optical (MEGA O.I.S.)
Specs: 12.1 megapixels,
28 - 90mm F/3.5,
13.0 x 17.3mm,
Optical (MEGA O.I.S.)