|Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 with 14-45mm Lens in Black with Intelligent Exposure PAL|
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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.|
|UPC||037988263875, 37988263875, 5025232537921, 5025232537945, 5025232544950|
|Camera Type||Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens|
|Sensor Resolution||12.1 MP|
|Sensor Size||13.0 x 17.3mm|
|Sensor Type||Live MOS|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Lens For SD||ASPH 14-45mm|
|Focal Length Range||14mm - 45mm|
|Lens Filter Size||52 mm|
|Lens System Features||Aspherical Lens|
|Auto Focus type||TTL contrast detection|
|Lens Construction||9 group(s) / 12 element(s)|
|Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera||28 - 90mm|
|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|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in - electret condenser - mono|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Mono|
|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.
Average review score based on 14 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
I like the small size; easy to carry. Nice viewfinder screen. I like that I can use my exiting Leica and CV lenses with an adapter. Seems like good quality construction and seems to be a popular model. Can shoot RAW photos and has many features (many of which I haven't yet mastered). Overall a relatively small investment in a digital camera.
This is the 2nd GF1 body I have purchased. Really enjoy using the GF1. With the Panasonic replacement not what I was hoping for it was time to search for a 2nd USA warranty body. Image quality with decent quality lens is good to excellent. I prefer the "old school" ergonomics of dials & buttons. Size is good compromise between the "P&S" Lumix LX2 and my ancient 35mm SLR gear. Fit and finish seems very solid.
Lacking an optical viewfinder or a built in electronic viewfinder were deficiencies I was hoping Panasonic would have dealt with in gen2. Mirror-less, relatively compact size apparently is preventing even a built in evf. Don't think technology exists yet for an optical viewfinder, mirror less, interchangeable lens system. The lcd monitor on the GF1 is hard to visualize under bright light conditions. Even after turning the monitor up to max and engaging the PowerLCD function this camera has a darker LCD than the LX2. Ended up having to purchase the LVF1. The lower resolution is a mute point when the real world resolution of the lcd monitor is poor due to glare & reflection. Personally I prefer to compose & shot viewing through a viewfinder vs. LCD screen. Quicker & steadier. Especially at longer focal lengths. Not sure if a firmware update can deal with this low powered lcd. Willing to loose some battery life for a LCD monitor that's functional under all but real extreme conditions.
A few other small niggles are the very small size of the strap lugs. Limits you to your options. For me too many "features". Anything that doesn't deal directly with fine tuning the image capture process under M,S or A-priority just "clutters" the system. The Scene options, facial, auto this & that...
The built in flash is about all you expect from a built in flash. Can be harsh & too direct. No diffuser or bounce option. Personally I would have preferred a built in evf instead of the flash and gone with an optional flash unit. For around the same price as the LVF1 you could purchase the DMW FL360 flash. I don't think a wireless remote is available for this camera. Tripod mounting can become an issue if you use any larger diameter lens without built in tripod socket. There is ~12mm from socket center to the front of the camera body. Limits you to ~1" qr plate. Panasonic sells an adapter.
Features such as customizing manually the WB is quick & easy. Broke out the white/grey card from storage. Manual focus aids whether manual on or auto engaged makes life much less complicated.
For LX2,3 & 5 users the transition from those cameras to the GF1 will be relatively smooth. Not close to the ideal mu43 format camera. For now for my personal needs it's the best out there.
I'll start with the size, most people looking at this camera are thinking an alternatve to the size of a standard DSLR or a higher quality compact camera. This is not a compact by any means it is probably twice the size of the average compact when using the 20mm pancake lens. That being said the image quality is better than any compact to manufactured date, and the manual user functions allow you to create the professional grade images admired by all photographers alike. The DSLR alternative customer will likely enjoy the weight savings and compact lens options (though more expensive than standard) A typical lens for the micro four-thirds camera is 30% smaller and lighter. I haven't noticed a significant weight savings in the body of the camera and the size of the body is smaller but in no way a significant enough size savings to eliminate a good case or designated bag to protect it. The video capability and the control navigations are as user friendly as any compact out there or as technical as any DSLR making it a great one camera replacement for the household with both end users. I love the technical aspets, my wife loves the simple use and amazing images she is able to capture making average photographers into superb ones.
I have only used the 20mm lens and while it limits the portraits and extended distance capability the image composition is superb with little to no distortion even when blown up to poster size prints.
If you are in the market for a great camera with simple HD video capability you would be hard pressed to find a better camera, it is comparable to the EP-1 from Pentax that all of the marketing is supporting, but this has a built in flash making low light images inside or outside at short range or situations with backlighting needing a forced flash possible. This in my mind makes it exponentially more functional that the EP-1. Both use the micro 4/3 system and will do wonders for expanding the selection of lens and hopefully drive cost down on the accessories, the GF-1 doesn't have aimage stabilization in the body it is in the designated lens where the EP-1 is in the body meaning any lens will function better for shakey hands or extreme telephoto legnths. I use the 20mm with no stabilization and have yet to miss a shot (granted at short focal legnth).
Bottom line: great camera ease of function infinite lens options, 720p HD video (mono sound), good battery life I have shot 400 images on a single charge and gone days on one charge with lots of use, fast recording speed next to no lag between shots with class 4 or better SDHC cards, great with the 20mm lens for low light indoor or outdoor shooting amazing resolution to even the smallest detail shots. Not a compact or pocket camera, lens are expensive.
I was looking for a backup camera to my Nikon D7000 for an Alaskan cruise. I looked at a variety of P&S and did not like the available features. I wanted better lens quality and RAW file capability in a compact package.
Compact System cameras are the wave of the future versus DSLRs. However, I did not want to spend the $800-$1500 for a new camera. After much research, I found there was a very high opinion of the Panasonic GF1. I was able to get the camera body, EV, 14-45mm lens for under $500 on eBay in near mint condition.
So far, I am very impressed. I was concerned about not having a viewfinder, but have found the live view to be fairly easy to use. I have not tried the EV yet, but will in bright sun conditions. Excellent IQ has been achieved on most of my pictures without a lot of work.
I am still learning my way with this camera. The menu system is different than the Nikon's and feels complicated right now. But I assume, I will learn this overtime.
Net, an excellent camera and I am impressed with the promise of future Compact System cameras.
This is the greatest all-around camera I've ever used. With the large image sensor usually seen in DSLRs and many different lenses available, it really is a large camera in a small body. Full manual mode is a bit more cumbersome than larger DSLRs and the lack of an optical viewfinder sometimes can be an issue but these are small prices to pay to pack nearly all the benefits of a DSLR in an almost-pocketable camera. The weight and feel are great, the choice of materials give it a real sensation of quality.
The 14-45mm lens is actually a very high quality lens, *especially* for a kit lens. While coated with some sort of plastic/rubberized coating, taking it off shows off its metal construction. It is a sturdy, albeit heavy, lens with optics beyond what the usual customer will expect. While exceeding in no particular area, it is a great all-rounder. Unlike the newer 14-42mm lens they ship now, the 14-45 is made in Japan. Perhaps they were losing money on it and stopped shipping for that reason.
The lens has two drawbacks. First, like nearly all kit zoom lenses, aperture varies with zoom. While at wide-angle, it has a reasonable f/3.5, at full zoom this increases to a slower f/5.6, making long distance shots even more difficult. Secondly, possibly because of incorporating OIS in the lens, it actually is quite a large lens for a Micro Four-Thirds system lens. Equipped with a pancake lens, this camera becomes a pocketable device. However, with this lens, forget about that idea. Still, at least people will think you mean business when you show up with this camera.