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|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.|
|Camera Type||Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens|
|Sensor Resolution||12.1 MP|
|Sensor Size||13.0 x 17.3mm|
|Sensor Type||Live MOS|
|Lens For SD||ASPH 20mm G Vario|
|Focal Length Range||20mm|
|Lens Filter Size||46 mm|
|Auto Focus type||TTL contrast detection|
|Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera||40mm|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 sec|
|Exposure compensation||±3 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps|
|Exposure Range||EV 0-18 ( ISO 100 )|
|Exposure Metering||Center-Weighted, Multi-Segment, Spot|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 100, ISO 1600, ISO 200, ISO 3200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO auto|
|Light Sensitivity Max||3200|
|Flash Type||Pop-up Flash|
|Red Eye Reduction||Yes|
|Camera Flash Features||AF Illuminator, Flash +/- Compensation|
|Flash Modes||Auto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card|
|Floppy Drive Storage||None|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in - electret condenser - mono|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Mono|
|Microphone Technology||Electret condenser|
|Connector Types||1 x HDMI output, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video/audio output, 1 x remote control|
|Expansion Slot||1 x SD Memory Card|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Digital Video Format||AVCHD Lite, QuickTime|
|Still Image Format||JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Additional Features||720p HD Movie Recording, AE/FE Lock, AF Lock, Audio Recording, Automatic Brightness Adjustment, Automatic Face Tracking, Brightness Control, Built-In Speaker, Cropping An Image, DPOF Support, Date/Time Stamp, Digital Image Rotation, Full-time Live View, Histogram Display, Intelligent Scene Selector, PictBridge Support, RGB Primary Color Filter, Resizing an Image, Saturation Control, USB 2.0 Compatibility|
|Shooting Programs||Aerial photo, Baby1, Baby2, Beach, Candle, Fireworks, Food, Hi-speed burst, High sensitivity, Night portrait, Party/indoor, Pet, Portrait mode, Sand & snow, Scenery, Self-portrait, Soft skin, Sports mode, Starry sky, Sunset|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||2 frames per second, 3 frames per second|
Excellent photo quality and performance for its class; comfortable, streamlined design; interchangeable lenses.
EVF costs extra; can't use EVF and hot-shoe flash simultaneously.
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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I have hauled that D3 across several continents; it's no fun. Great camera but heavy.
Panasonic GF-1, with the right adaptor for M4/3, will take Nikon lenses, Leica, Canon, etc. My favorite photography it's street photography and with a mirror-less body, Panasonic GF-1 does wonders. I feel that I found the camera that provides the same excitement and pleasure as an old Leica M series. It's fairly quiet, light, easy to navigate and focus (there is an electronic viewfinder available). If you decide on a M4/3 camera, GF-1 it's a good choice!
The GF1 is just great, especially with the 20mm (which is very sharp)... the package is small and very easy to carry with... The Lumix 14-45mm zoom also focuses very fast and is quite sharp (although not very fast at the tele range with its only 5.6 aperture) ... The LCD viewfinder is quite bright and for many people it is sufficient, but I am finding the eye-lever viewfinder a must especially if the GF1 is used with some legacy MF lenses, which I find a very enjoyable experience when I now can use my old Leica M lenses. I come from using Nikon DSLR's and I can see this GF1 be carried more often but there are certain situations where the GF1 can not replace my DSLR... so this GF1 is really a complementary camera.
The size of this camera really does make it easier to bring it along. The features are unlimited and really user friendly. I am very pleased with the small pancake lens for grabbing those indoor shots and the 1:1.7/20 makes them pop. It works great with low light. It has great playback options and I don't have to grab my reading glasses to catch a shot. The videos are good and also conveniently available.
I pack into the wilderness a lot and sometimes opt out on the DSLR because of the weight. This camera caught my attention because of the size and with an adapter I can add one of my big Nikon lenses if I want. Very happy with the camera so far.
I have had a photography business for 40 years. I have done medium format and digital for the last years with large pro camera bodies and bulky lenses.
I LOVE this little camera. It is the real deal.
It has everything a professional is looking for with aperature shutter focus options and it makes large stunning files.
I had no idea this camera existed and bought it on a whim looking for a pocket camera that might give me a file I could crop and play with using Photoshop. It has exceeded my expectations out of the box. I am looking to tripod mount it and use it as a for pay gig at some shoots I do. Because it has the top flash mount I can slide a light signal signal into that mount and fire my studio lights with this little sucker. And the large rear screen actually helps me set lights and reflectors better than my pro camera bodies. Go figure. So far I have only used the 20mm lens. I purchased a one of the new cheap zooms 14-45? or maybe 14-42 but decided not to keep it. It looks like plastic junk. I plan to stay with prime lens's or the high end zooms. I bought a DMW FL220 flash. I tried to use it on close product shots and it totally sent too much light. Perhaps it is defective. Perhaps it is junk. That is not an issue with me. If I want light I have studio lighting. otherwise I love the open lens of the 20mm where I can use natural light and capture some very special images. It takes me back 30 years to when the lenses where fast and I got to work with F stops to control the background. Very exciting to have that in a little compact hand camera.
Well, my camera did not come with a lens but i purchased the 20 mm elsewhere. I did not expect to win this camera and put in the bid at the lowest level but won it unexpectedly and unfortunately had not read that it was the Chinese version, so the menu is all in Chinese. So I have been boning up on my languages. Actually I downloaded the manual in English and learned what most of the settings are. Using the 'intelligent auto-focus' setting, i have found it takes some amazing pictures and the 20 mmm lens handles low light situations really well even without a flash. The pictures of landscapes and people have amazing detail and it adapts to shadows and bright areas remarkably well. If i need a telephoto, i just switch to 'program' mode and select either 2x or 4x for a digital zoom. so this gives the camera more versatility. And i have purchased a lens adaptor for Olympus lens which allow me to use my older telephoto zooms to take some really long shots with good results but must be taken with manual mode and some experimentation usually. I have ordered a lens adaptor for the auto-focus Olympus lens and hope it will allow me to use the IA setting with full area auto-focus and f-stop capability. All the electric connectors seem present in the adaptor, so it should work. I would rate the camera excellent except for it being Chinese.