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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 554 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the image quality and responsiveness are on the whole positive. The performance and lens also get good comments, but reviews about the sensor and low light performance are different. Many are critical about the black level and shutter.

portability, lens, performance, responsiveness, image quality

battery, features, shutter, black level

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 SLR Review


Secaucus, NJ (September 12, 2008) - Panasonic today announced the world's first Micro Four Thirds system camera, the LUMIX DMC-G1, the world's smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens camera, weighing in at approximately 385 grams (0.85 lbs)....

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1


much smaller. Panasonic gets points for being first, but these cameras will need to be much more compact to truly impress. We saw just how small Micro Four Thirds camera bodies can be when we got a peek of a tiny Olympus prototype at Photo Plus late...

Uses new "Micro Four Thirds" standard, which allows for a smaller body and lens than comparable entry-level D-SLRs. Solid image quality at ISO 100-800. Large, articulating 3-inch LCD. HDMI-out

Not much smaller than a D-SLR. No optical viewfinder. Excessive noise at higher ISOs. Longer shutter lag than traditional D-SLRs. No video-recording capability

Panasonic is the first out of the gate with a camera that's built around the new Micro Four Thirds lens standard, which promises SLR-quality images from a smaller camera and lens. But the Lumix DMC-G1's body is bulky enough and its image quality...

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G1


One of the biggest digicam breakthroughs in 2008 was the announcement of the Micro Four Thirds System. What's that you say? You've never heard of it – unlike the Wall Street crash of '08 or Obama's landslide? Perhaps not, but it was big news for camera...

First Micro Four Thirds camera; high quality LiveView finder; good 3-inch screen

Expensive; not many lens available w/out an adapter; live View finder is a bit disconcerting

It's clear this really is a version 1.0 camera. It does what it was intended to, but we wanted more


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1


For some people, the biggest obstacles to buying a digital SLR camera are the bulk and weight--who wants to carry a couple pounds of camera around everywhere? The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 may provide a solution: It's smaller and lighter than any digital...

Smaller and lighter than typical SLRs ; Large LCD with fast refresh rate

Electronic viewfinder not usable ; Expensive, compared to low-end SLRs

It may be smaller and lighter than an SLR, but not dramatically so; and it costs as much as many low- to medium-level SLRs.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1: Dawn of the Mini-DSLR


There's no doubt the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 camera--the first to use the Micro Four-Thirds System--is revolutionary. But our review suggests you may be better off buying a "real" DSLR for now.

There's no doubt that the Micro Four-Thirds system represents an evolutionary step in the world of cameras, but how well did the Lumix G1 itself perform? Executive Editor Alan Stafford spent some hands-on time with the G1, and he's not quite ready to...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 (Red)


Editors' note: Due to a change in the competitive landscape since the G1 was first reviewed, we've dropped the image quality rating from an 8 to a 7.

Interchangeable lenses; fast performance; excellent photo quality; flip-and-twist LCD.

Accident-prone jog dial; some restrictive feature implementations; no movie capture.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 is a camera that people will either love for its speed, photo quality, and interchangeable-lens flexibility or hate for its large-ish size, electronic viewfinder, and occasionally frustrating design.

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Panasonic's Lumix DMC-G1, a compact 12-megapixel model priced at $800 with lens, delivers on most of the format's promises, with surprisingly fast auto focus, good lab scores and lots of photographic control. It is pricey, though.

Compact size ; Good image quality on most tests ; Best Live View mode yet

Few available lenses ; Complex controls and menus for newcomers ; Image noise high ; Relatively high price

As the very first camera in a substantially new and different format, we're impressed with the Panasonic Lumix G1. The company has successfully conquered the nagging problem of delivering an effective Live View system in an interchangeable-lens camera,...

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Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds Lumix DMC-G1 reviewed: only knock is the price


The question has been on your mind since we first got wind of this so-called "Micro Four Thirds" concept back in August: how will it stack up? Now that Panasonic's Lumix DMC-G1 is filtering out to the world, we're able to kick back and digest a...

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Panasonic G1 Digital Camera First Impression Review


The Micro Four Thirds camera format, developed jointly by Olympus and Panasonic, is an aggressive attempt to lure more point-and-shoot users into the system camera fold. By "system camera" we mean a camera with interchangeable lenses. And while that's...

- Good-looking camera - Comfortable - Feature-packed

- Limited lens support - Potentially confusing for existing point-and-shooters - Expected to fetch premium price

Highly Recommended!

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Review


Combining key elements from both a DSLR and a compact, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 is a completely new breed of digital camera - it's officially the World's first ever Micro Four Thirds camera. Primarily targeted at female and older-generation users,...

Which sadly cannot also be said about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1's price-tag. This is the single biggest problem that the G1 faces - a recommended price at launch of £599 / $799 is simply too high for a camera targeted at customers used to spending far...

Product Specifications

The LUMIX G1 is as easy to use as a compact digital camera, with the stunning photo quality of a digital SLR camera. It's a new-generation digital interchangeable lens camera that does away with the mirror box and complies with the Micro Four Thirds System standard. In short, the G1 writes an entirely new chapter in the evolution of the digital interchangeable lens camera.


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

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



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 Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Special Effects:Black & White
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic