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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 99 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the image quality and performance are overall positive. The lens and usability are also appreciated. There are some mixed reviews about the flash. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and battery.

portability, usability, lens, performance, image quality

value for money, features, battery, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Compact System Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1


Not quite a day after Sony made its announcement of two mirrorless cameras with full frame sensors, Panasonic unveiled something of a very different shape: the Lumix DMC-GM1, a pocketable camera with a 16 megapixel Four Thirds sensor. It uses the same...

Extremely small and lightweight camera body ; Very good image quality ; Reliable transfer of image files over Wi-Fi ; Truly silent shutter mode ; Good touchscreen ; Nice level of and virtual Fn button customizability ; Compatible with all Micro...

Poor noise reduction ; JPEG rendering of yellows a bit washed out ; Low battery capacity ; Small controls can be fiddly ; Focus mode dial not especially useful ; Electronic shutter can produce banding under artificial light ; Video resolution tops out...

The GM1 offers much of the features and image quality of its Lumix GX7 sibling in a much smaller, lighter package. A few concessions have been made to reduce the size so drastically, namely a lower-capacity battery, but it's an excellent option for...

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Panasonic Lumix GM1


The Panasonic Lumix GM1 is not just the smallest Micro Four Thirds camera to date, but the smallest interchangeable lens camera from any system. Photos of the GM1 in isolation really don't do it justice - in person it's much smaller than it looks, with...

Great image quality, as good as the Lumix GX7 ; Fast AF which works in lower light than most cameras ; Touchscreen lets you tap to focus for stills and movies ; 1080 movies with 24p, manual exposures and peaking ; Timelapse, 7-frame AEB, HDR modes,...

Other lenses may prevent tripod use ; No panorama mode ; Rear control wheel easy to press when turning ; No 1080 video at 50p or 60p ; No hotshoe nor means to mount viewfinder or mic ; Modest battery life and no USB charging

Panasonic's Lumix GM1 is a very canny camera, appealing both to those who are looking for a small interchangeable lens camera and those who want a compact with better quality and features than a typical point-and-shoot. As such it takes on models like...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1


Panasonic's latest Lumix is a downsized dynamo.

The same great Micro Four Thirds quality—now available in fun size


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Panasonic GM1


The new Panasonic Lumix GM1 is unbelievably small. It's just hard to believe that Panasonic somehow managed to stuff a 4/3 sensor inside of a camera body this compact.

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Amazon review summary for Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1


alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.5/5 for other Digital SLR Cameras on

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GM1KS Compact System Camera with 12-32mm Silver Lens Kit

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Panasonic Lumix GM1 review


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 is the smallest compact system camera so far - a nice idea in theory - but how does it handle in practice?

Small dimensions ; Excellent quality LCD ; Sharp images

Price ; Tenny backplate buttons ; No eye-level viewfinder

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Panasonic Lumix GM1 review


The Panasonic GM1 boasts GX7 image quality in a tiny body.

Small size ; Touchscreen ; Inbuilt Wi-Fi ; Digital Filters

No viewfinder ; No hotshoe ; No manual control when using filters

Move over Nikon 1 and Pentax Q, Panasonic has made a fantastic small compact system camera but managed to include a large sensor that produces excellent images. This seems like what the Micro Four Thirds range was intended for, and makes a fantastic...

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Panasonic Lumix GM1 review


One glance at the Panasonic Lumix GM1 and you'll assume it's a compact camera. Well, it is compact by size - that much is clear - but as it's got an interchangeable lens system as is part of the Micro Four Thirds family it, therefore, falls into the...

Small size, lightweight, decent build quality, fast autofocus, great images particularly when considered against high-end compacts, fair price, Micro Four Thirds lens system makes for versatile product, pinpoint focus mode

Poor battery life, 1080i not p video capture, no hotshoe, no viewfinder possible, accidental touchscreen presses not uncommon (can be turned off though), faux leather finish won’t impress all

The Panasonic Lumix GM1 is an utterly brilliant little camera. It sits on the fence between compact and compact system cameras yet gleefully sticks its tongue out at both sides. It's rare that a product feels like a hybrid of ideas and yet succeeds...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1


One of the smallest compact system cameras ever made.

High-end finish ; Excellent touchscreen performance ; Great Wi-fi / NFC functionality

Lack of handgrip an issue ; Battery life unimpressive ; Lacking viewfinder

One feature missing is any kind of viewfinder. This is even more keenly felt by the fact that there’s no facility to attach an optional viewfinder should you require, as unlike some of the camera’s competitors the GM1 has no accessory port or hot shoe.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review


The smallest CSC to date, and one of the best too

However, it's the GM1's interchangeable lenses that, for us, bring it out on top. The kit lens performs well, but the ability to swap it for a macro, telephoto or wide-aperture prime makes this camera far more versatile than the RX100 II could ever...


Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser: No
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: Yes


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes

General Features

Chip Type:Live MOS
Sensor Size:17.3 x 13.0 mm


Longest Shutter Speed in s:60
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/16000


Compact Flash Card: Yes
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
RAW Format: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes