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Panasonic - Lumix GF1 Digital Camera

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Panasonic - Lumix GF1 Digital Camera
 
4.3

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4.0

awesome, but I still prefer the E-P1

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from Conover, NC

Comments about Panasonic - Lumix GF1 Digital Camera:

I've owned the Panasonic GF1 for a while, and I love the way that it performs in general. It seems like the GF1 focuses almost as fast as my G1; which is a huge plus. Overall performance is very snappy and to-the-point. However, despite the pros, there are some little specifics that I prefer from the E-P1 over the GF1; enough to make me choose it over the GF1 on any given day.

The first is ergonomics. The menus on the E-P1 are attrocious, but the camera offers more customization than the GF1. I love how I can set one dial on the E-P1 to control exposure compensation while leaving the directional buttons off and another on aperture or shutter priority, all while keeping my eyes on the composition and histogram (which also seems to have a larger and accuarte reading than the one displayed on the GF and GH cameras). The GF1 has one a similar layout, but it doesn't feel as fluid as a properly set-up E-P1.

Both cameras yield nearly identical images if you were to edit the raw files, but the biggest pro from Olympus are the JPEGs. Like the E-620, I really can't recall too many times, aside from doing black-and-white, where I preferred my own edited pictures as opposed to those from Olympus' JPEG system. JPEGs aside, the GF1 still produces beautiful pictures if you plan on shooting RAW. Just watch the skin tones.

Overall, I give the GF1 a 4/5. If you're deciding between the GF1 and the E-P1, it's pretty much a toss up as to which features sway you towards one side more than the other.

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5.0

DSLR-ish point-and-shoot?

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from San Francisco, CA

Comments about Panasonic - Lumix GF1 Digital Camera:

This Micro 3/4 camera from Panasonic is an awesome little camera with DSLR qualities.

Has excellent picture quality with great outfocusing abilities in a small package.

The 20mm 1.7f pancake lens makes this the perfect everyday snapshot camera, with very sharp images and great portability. However, the slow focusing speed of this lens makes it a bit difficult to capture moving targets. 

The 14-45mm lens shares the great image quality of the 20mm with the convenience of zoom and speedy contrast-based auto focusing. This lens is a bit dark, but the image stabilization makes up for it. It is a great all-around lens, but makes the camera a bit too large & heavy for quick snapshots.

I'm not too convinced by any of the other lenses such as the 14-140mm, rated as probably one of the best 3/4 lenses, but the price and size seems to defeat the purpose. ( would just carry a DSLR )

I have experiences some serious white balance problems ( massive blue tint ), but not sure if it's a common problem. High ISO noise is a bit lacking compared to the NEX-series.

All in all a very nifty little camera which is a lot of fun to use. Would recommend. ( even over the new GF2 )

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4.0

Fantastic combination of light weight and performance!

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from Pomona, CA

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I bought this micro 4/3 camera after I ditched SLR because it is simply too heavy for regular use for me.  I opted the 20mm lens which came in as part of the kit.  This camera has been great!  Professional like quality, light, easy to handle, easy to carry etc.  The control are logically place on top, like a professional SLR camera.  20mm lens is great!  It produces near SLR quality pictures.  The program menu is a bit confusing sometimes.  I wish it has the actual dials and controls for the frequently use items.  I am a bit old school and I like controls to be physical buttons not controls on the LCD menu.  The camera doesn't come with a viewfinder.  You have to buy an optional electronic viewfinder.  I find it a bit low on resolution and can be washed out in the sun light.  I suppose it is not possible to have both the micro 4/3 setup and optical viewfinder.  The LCD screen is large and clear.  However, it also can be washed out easily under the strong sunlight. 

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