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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF1 Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 8.20 (out of 10)
Hands-on Preview (Summary): "Though Panasonic has released two Micro Four Thirds cameras in the last year, it's with the Panasonic GF1 that they finally realize the potential of the format. ...

Shooting with the Panasonic GF1 is better than I could imagine. Focus is very fast, noticeably faster than the Olympus E-P1, and pressing the shutter release produces a nice, quiet shutter sound and the image instantly appears. ..."

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DCResource 9.00  10-08-09 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "Panasonic's new DMC-GF1 takes everything that made the DMC-G1 (and the GH1, for that matter) so appealing, and puts it into a more compact body. It's not quite as stylish as the Olympus E-P1, but it offers faster autofocus, a pop-up flash, and support for an optional electronic viewfinder which that camera lacks. ...

It's safe to say that you can't get a better endorsement than having a reviewer buying the camera they are writing about. The GF1 isn't my main digital SLR - I have a D300s for my high ISO image quality, wide lens selection, and quick continuous shooting needs. But for travel and everyday shooting, the GF1 more than fits the bill. ..."

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DPReview 7.75  09-02-09 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The GF1 is essentially a G1 (with a couple of GH1 features and the loss of a handful of scene modes) squashed into a body that's more or less the same size as the E-P1 - it occupies 35% less volume and is 26% lighter than the G1. It may lack the E-P1's cute-as-a-button retro styling but it does effectively answer the three main criticisms faced by the Olympus ...

... I really loved the GF1, and will find it very hard to return it when this review is finished, meaning that I may have to wipe the dust and cobwebs off my wallet and actually hand over my own hard earned cash for one. ..."

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Luminous-Landscape 7.09  09-29-09 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The [Panasonic] GF1 trumps the [Olympus] EP-1 in several areas, including much superior autofocus, a much higher resolution rear LCD, superior menu interface, and the availability of an optional electronic viewfinder. Oh yes, and a "pancake" 20mm (40mm equivalent) f/1.7 lens as part of a kit with the body.

... the GF1 is likely the best of breed at the moment, but not a panacea for someone looking for a semi-pocketable large sensor camera. When combined with the LVF1 electronic viewfinder the camera starts to have an overall profile close to that of the GH1 ..."

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LetsGoDigital 6.92  09-02-09 Read Full Review
Hands-on Preview (Summary): "The Panasonic GF1's design is quite similar to that of the LX3, one of Panasonic's advanced Lumix cameras. Even the weight isn't all that different; something that gives Panasonic a real scoop. ...

The Panasonic Lumix GF1 features an advanced focus with various settings. Contrast AF is integrated in the GF1, which does not only result in great accuracy, but also provides impressive speed. ..."

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Photography Blog 6.00  10-08-09 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "... this is currently the world's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera with a built-in flash, which is also one of the key differences to the GF1's most obvious rival, the Olympus Pen E-P1. ...

In terms of still image quality, the Panasonic GF1 gets almost everything right. Colors are accurate when using the default Standard setting, with lots of scope to adjust the JPEG output to suit your own tastes, and the auto white balance is spot-on in most lighting conditions. ..."

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