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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Compact System Cameras

5 star rating
                      5 / 5 (1 Reviews)
MSRP : $799.95

  • Family LinePanasonic Lumix
    Weight0.85 lb.
    Image Sensor TypeLive MOS
    Resolution12.1 Megapixel
    Camera TypeSLR/Professional
    Interchangeable LensInterchangeable Lenses
    Digital Zoom4x
    Focus TypeAutofocus & Manual Focus
    Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
    Image Resolutions2816 x 2112 • 2048 x 1536 • 2048 x 1360 • 2816 x 1880 • 4000 x 3000 • 2816 x 1584 • 4000 x 2672 • 4000 x 2248
    Video FormatQuickTime • Motion JPEG
    White BalanceAuto • Manual • Daylight / Sunny (Preset) • Cloudy (Preset) • Shade (Preset) • Halogen (Preset) • Flash (Preset)
    Frames Per Second3 Frames
    Memory TypeMultimedia Card • SD Card • SDHC Card
    Compression ModesFine • Normal • Uncompressed
    Compression TypeJPEG • Raw Image • DCF • DPOF • EXIF 2.21
    File Size (High Res.)20.65 MB (6 images on 128MB card)
    File Size (Low Res.)0.84 MB (about 152 images on 128MB card)
    ISO SpeedsAuto • 100 • 200 • 400 • 800 • 1600 • 3200
    Flash TypeBuilt-In & External
    Flash FunctionsFlash Off • Auto Flash • Red-eye Reduction Flash • Slow Sync • Forced On
    LCD PanelWith LCD Panel
    LCD Panel Size3 in.
    LCD Screen Resolution460,000 pixels
    LCD Protected PositionWithout LCD Protected Position
    Interface TypeUSB 2.0 • HDMI
    Video InterfaceVideo Out
    Battery TypeRechargeable Li-Ion Battery
    Battery Life330 Images
    Self Timer2 Sec. • 10 Sec.
    Built-in MicrophoneWith Built-in Microphone
    Width4.88 in.
    Depth1.78 in.
    Height3.29 in.
    Included AccessoriesSoftware • USB Cable • Video Cable • Shoulder Strap • Battery Charger • AC Power Adapter • AC Power Cord
    Release DateNovember, 2008
    Product ID71330603

Product Description

The LUMIX G1 is as easy to use as a compact digital camera, with the stunning photo quality of a digital SLR camera. It's a new-generation digital interchangeable lens camera that does away with the mirror box and complies with the new Micro Four Thirds System standard. In short, the G1 writes an entirely new chapter in the evolution of the digital interchangeable lens camera.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by jazzcrab a Expert

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2008

Strengths:    - Good image quality up to ISO 800, quite usable up to ISO 1600 provided that the image is not under-exposed.

- Good and solid construction.

- Twist and tilt LCD

- Both EVF and LCD have high resolutions and are extremely usable. EVF has the advantage that all informations can be easily overviewed and that the effect of settings (e. g. white balance) can be viewed immediately.

- The front wheel ensures fast access to the settings in combination with the Quick Menu button.

- Light package ;-)

- Fast and reliable autofocus

- Lens feels solid, especially for a kit lens.

Weaknesses:    - Expensive (but I assume that the price will drop drastically after Xmas 2008)

- At present only one lens available (this will hopefully change next year), and I even had to buy spare batteries in Japan (but I guess, this will change very soon).

- No RAW support by ACR yet

- Limited auto-bracketing (maximal steps +/-2/3 EV for 3, 5, or 7 shots)

- Auto-bracketing and self-timer cannot be applied at the same time (remote control may be required in some cases).

- No IR remote control option

Bottom Line:   
I bought the camera because I am getting older and don't want to carry my Canon 350D plus gear everywhere. ;-) Also, I am used to the Panasonic menu system, and I like most features of the camera.

Panasonic's G1 is a light-weight, very usable camera with lots of nice features such as an excellent EVF, a tilt and twist LCD, both with high resolution, a fast autofocus and a decent image quality, all in quite a small, though still expensive package. It also has some limitations (see below). If you can live with the limitations, go for it! :)

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $950.00

Purchased At:   German Online Store

Similar Products Used:   Canon 350D, Panasonic FZ28, FZ5...

Type of photography:   Outdoor

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