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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 582 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the image quality and performance. The lens and responsiveness are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the memory and features. Reviews are divided on the zoom.

portability, responsiveness, lens, performance, image quality

value for money, viewfinder, shutter, features, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Compact System Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix GF1 Review


The Panasonic Lumix GF1 features the performance, image quality and interchangeable lenses like a dSLR, but in a much smaller and easier to carry body. Click Here to read the entire conclusion.

dSLR image quality in a much more compact size; Smooth 720p HD video capture (AVCHD); Interchangeable lenses; Micro 4/3 system; Low noise at high ISO's ; Cons ; Previous model featured 1080p HD video; No EVF (available as an accessory); Far fewer...

Previous model featured 1080p HD video; No EVF (available as an accessory); Far fewer lenses available than most dSLR cameras ; Bottom Line ; The Panasonic Lumix GF1 features the performance, image quality and interchangeable lenses like a dSLR, but in...

The Panasonic Lumix GF1 features the performance, image quality and interchangeable lenses like a dSLR, but in a much smaller and easier to carry body.

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Panasonic Lumix GF1 Digital Camera Review


Panasonic takes the compact Micro Four Thirds format to the next level with the GF1, delivering sharp, good-looking photos from a camera that focuses quickly, accepts an optional electronic viewfinder and, best of all, fits in your jacket pocket.

What photographer hasn’t bemoaned The One That Got Away — the perfect shot that was missed because you just didn’t want to lug your SLR around with you. The compact Micro Four Thirds camera is designed to cure this problem with gear that fits easily in...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1


With image quality that rivals capable D-SLRs and a body not much larger than a super-zoom camera, the 12.1-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 ($899.95 direct, with lens) is the most compact model in Panasonic's line-up of micro-four-thirds cameras....

More compact than a D-SLR. Fast focusing speeds. Extremely sharp images. 720p30 HD video capture. Built-in flash. HDMI port with CEC support

Noisy images at ISO 1600 and higher. No optical viewfinder. No optical image stabilization with 20mm lens

The best micro-four-thirds camera we've seen so far, Panasonic's Lumix DMC-GF1 offers a D-SLR experience in a body that's not much bigger than a superzoom camera.


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1


The slimmest Micro Four-Thirds System camera yet, the industrial-looking Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 ($900 in two kit variations as of 10/28/2009) is the most enticing non-DSLR we've seen to date. Purist and professional-level photographers may not like...

Great learning tool and/or DSLR replacement ; Compact size for an interchangeable-lens camera

No optical viewfinder ; Not as many lens options as a full DSLR ; Image exposure is a bit dark

With a compact frame, a pop-up flash, interchangeable lenses, HD video-shooting capabilities, and simple-but-versatile controls, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 is an excellent alternative to an entry-level DSLR.

Editor's Choice!

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 (with 20mm lens, Black)


It may lack the retro slick design of its main competitor, the Olympus E-P1, but Panasonic gets it almost pitch perfect with the Lumix DMC-GF1, a jacket-pocket-size interchangeable-lens model with the feel and features that draw people to enthusiast...

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...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Digital Camera Review


It may lack the retro slick design of its main competitor, the Olympus E-P1, but Panasonic gets it almost pitch perfect with the Lumix DMC-GF1, a jacket-pocket-size interchangeable-lens model with ...

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Lumix DMC-GF1


, which has a compact, retro-styled body that is a lot closer to what many people expected in the first place. Unfortunately, that camera was plagued by slow autofocus, no built-in flash, and the lack of a viewfinder (with the exception of the one...

Very good photo quality: low noise until highest ISOs, minimal highlight clipping or purple fringing ; Interchangeable lenses in a (relatively) compact body ; 3-inch, high resolution LCD with great outdoor visibility ; First-rate live view experience:...

Some redeye and highlight clipping ; Movies created with AVCHD Lite codec are difficult to share and edit; frame rate isn't true 60 fps; Motion JPEG movies have huge file sizes, limited recording time ; Unremarkable continuous shooting mode ; Flash...

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...


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Micro Four Thirds Camera


To be honest, when Micro Four Thirds format was announced, I couldn't really see the point. Sure, the cameras were slightly smaller but not by much. If you ...

Excellent image quality, especially in RAW ; Comparatively easy to use, clearly labeled buttons and simple menu navigation ; Great rear LCD image quality with useful digital zoom manual focus mode ; High build quality, solid feel to constuction ;...

No in-body image stabilization ; Still very limited lens and accessory selection ; Slightly expensive, especially considering the $135US optional electronic viewfinder ; Disappointing JPEG output. Shoot RAW whenever possible

The GF1 uses SD card storage and you'll probably want to invest in a big one (or better yet, several medium sized cards) as full-sized JPEGs are roughly 5-6MB each and RAW files are in the 15MB range.

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Panasonic GF1


The Panasonic GF1 is a 12.1MP Micro Four Thirds camera that is more compact than other Panasonic Micro Four Thirds models, while retaining the same large sensor that rivals DSLR image quality. As you may be aware, Micro Four Thirds cameras like the GF1...

In short, I love the GF1. It is my current pick of the mirrorless camera genre. Sure, the GF1 is not going to replace anyone’s 5D Mark II or D700 anytime soon. For casual photos though, it’s tough to beat for image quality, functionality and...

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Panasonic DMC-GF1 12MP Micro Four Thirds Camera for $650 + free shipping


B&H Photo-Video offers the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF1 12.1-Megapixel Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera together with the Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Lens, model no. DMC-GF1C-K, for $649.99 with free shipping. (

Product Specifications

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.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Prosumer
Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Sand & snow / Portrait mode / Party/indoor / Night portrait / Self-portrait / Pet / Scenery / Food / Fireworks / Sports mode / Sunset / Candle / Beach / High sensitivity / Starry sky / Soft skin / Baby1 / Baby2 / Aerial photo / Hi-speed burst


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.7/F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Panasonic 14-45mm lens/Panasonic 20mm Pancake lens
Max Focal Length:45mm
Min Focal Length:14mm/20mm
Optical Zoom:3.2
Type:Lens/Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Compatible with Windows 7

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:13.0 x 17.3mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):13.0 x 17.3 mm
Optical Sensor Type:Live MOS
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:12.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (MEGA O.I.S.)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime / AVCHD Lite
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 800 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 1600 / ISO 3200 / ISO auto
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera