Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

Last update (13 June’09):
– Review & Sample Photos @ Pocket-Lint

Panasonic G1 is the world’s first Micro Four Thirds camera features 4/3-type 12-megapixel Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine HD, Full-time Live View both for LCD and LVF, LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S., Dust reduction system – Supersonic Wave Filter, ISO 100-3200, and a large 3.0-inch, 460,000-dot resolution free angle Intelligent LCD monitor. The camera weighs approx. 195g.

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Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆ | Latest Price Info

Panasonic G1 Reviews

Pocket-Lint reviews the Panasonic G1 and writes;
“The good: Compact body, ease of control, great performance, articulating screen. The bad: New camera system means less accessories, those with big hands might find it too smal. Verdict: We love the compact body and the level of control that you get. We also love the full articulation of the screen: it’s a real bonus and helps make the G1 a really fun camera to use”
Rating: ★★★★½

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Panasonic G1 and writes;
“I have no problem giving the DMC-G1 a very high recommendation to those who are interested in taking the leap into the dSLR world, but don’t want to carry around a huge bulky camera. “

CameraLabs reviews the Panasonic G1 and writes;
“Overall image quality is also of course greatly influenced by the optics and we’re pleased to report both the G VARIO 14-45mm and 45-200mm kit lenses perform well for their class, delivering sharper results to the edge of their frames than most kit lenses of rival systems.”

Rating: ★★★★½

PCMag reviews the Panasonic G1 and writes;
“DMC-G1 took some good shots between ISOs 100 and 800 on a sunny day in Manhattan…Unfortunately, the DMC-G1 isn’t small or light enough to justify buying it. Perhaps the second generation will be the game-changer we’ve been waiting for.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

InfoSync reviews the Panasonic G1 and writes;
Pros: Rivals prosumer models in terms of image quality. Packed with features. Excellent electronic viewfinder performance and swivel LCD is highly convenient. Cons: Compatible with a limited number of interchangeable lenses. Buttons are too small. “
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Panasonic G1 and writes;
“Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 is incredibly refined, though not perfect. Still, its size, image quality and design will undoubtedly sway many a first-time SLR buyer. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

RegHardware reviews the Panasonic G1 and writes;
“With the camera using a smaller sensor than a DSLR, we expected noise to be a problem, but this wasn’t noticeable until around ISO 800… There’s a lot to like about the G1, but it has the feeling of a product still undergoing development. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Panasonic G1 and writes;
“It’s not a traditional D-SLR but the LUMIX DMC-G1K is definitely as versatile as one, and much more compact. It’s easy to use, and its images are very sharp. Give it a go if you want something that won’t compromise your mobility yet will give you the flexibility to change lenses. “
Rating: ★★★★½

TrustedReviews reviews the Panasonic G1 and writes;
“G1 is a revolutionary camera that delivers on its promise of SLR-like quality in a compact body…In terms of performance and especially image quality it matches other Four-Thirds system DLSRs. The only downside is the high price compared to an entry-level full-size DLSR. “
Rating: ★★★★½

TechRadar reviews the Panasonic G1 and writes;
“The G1 impresses with its very good EVF, lightning-fast AF, excellent lens and strong, natural colour rendition. But after a while you may find yourself hankering after the simplicity and clarity of an old-fashioned optical viewfinder, and a smaller and simpler set of controls.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photoxels reviews the Panasonic G1 and writes;
“overall image quality of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 at ISO 100 to be excellent with good details in the shadows and highlights. Images up to ISO 400 are also low in noise. ISO 800 is usable. Noise is objectionable at higher ISOs.”

DCI reviews the Panasonic G1 and writes;
“Image quality results from the lab also earned our respect: not flawless certainly, particularly when it comes to image noise, but competitive with the traditional SLRs we benchmarked it against and, in several cases, superior. “

DigitalTrends reviews the Panasonic G1 and writes;
“It does what it was intended to do, but we wanted more – and less – of some things… “
Rating: ★★★★☆

LetsGoDigital reviews the Panasonic G1 and writes;
“The camera has convinced us, and is worth getting acquainted with. As far as we are concerned; surprising, striking and complete; recommendable without a doubt! “
Rating: ★★★★☆

LuminousLandscape reviews the Panasonic G1 and writes;
“G1 is an appealing camera. It’s small size, light weight, and high image quality come together in a slightly pricey but basically affordable package. “
Rating: N/A reviews the Panasonic G1 and writes;
“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”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCRP reviews the Panasonic G1 and writes;
” Camera performance was very good in almost all areas… Low light focusing was good as well, with focus times generally staying under one second. “
Rating: N/A

Gizmodo reviews the Panasonic G1 and writes;
” The G1’s digital viewfinder is excellent, but it’s no comparison to looking at the real world as you shoot. Factor in the G1’s relatively poor high-ISO performance and tiny lens selection and it’s a no brainer.”
Rating: N/A

DCWatch reviews the Panasonic G1 (Japanese Translation) and writes;
“DMC-L10 more than the number of pixels are sensitive to noise at the time were concerned, ISO400 enough to be able to feel normal. ISO800, but the noise is well suppressed, but this process is strong because of noise reduction, detail the thread of care is blurred. Well, will be used, depending on conditions. ISO1600…..”
Rating: N/A

DCR reviews the Panasonic G1 and writes;
“I was excited about the Lumix G1 initially, and working with the actual product has done little to dampen this enthusiasm. If you can get past the initial sticker shock, the G1 may just offer the “best of both worlds” when it comes to SLRs and point-and-shoots.”
Rating: N/A

CNET reviews the Panasonic G1 and writes;
The good: Compact size; easy operation; 3-inch swiveling LCD; innovative Live View Finder; good image quality. The bad: dSLR-like styling hard to differentiate from other shooters; displays are laggy under dim lighting. The bottom line: Panasonic has set the benchmark for the Micro Four Thirds Standard with the G1, a very capable shooter for those who want to upgrade to a slightly more advanced camera from a point-and-shoot.

Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagingResource reviews the Panasonic G1 and writes;
“Overall, the lens and camera combination was quite good. Colors look good, detail is strong despite the softness, and white balance is pretty well on in most situations. Even indoor incandescent lighting is detected and compensated for about as well as I’d like..”
Rating: N/A

DCI reviews the Panasonic G1 and writes;
“we’re impressed with the Panasonic Lumix G1… Image quality results from the lab also earned our respect: not flawless certainly, particularly when it comes to image noise, but competitive with the traditional SLRs we benchmarked it against and, in several cases, superior.”
Rating: N/A

ePhotozine reviews the Panasonic G1 and writes;
“Noise control is very good on the DMC-G1 at low to mid range ISO settings. It doesn’t become a problem until ISO1600 but when it does get there it really fails badly….Nicely done, Panasonic.

Rating: ★★★★☆

CNETasia reviews the Panasonic G1 and writes;
“The startup time for the G1 was almost instant in our Lab tests, and this was similar to what we got on most dSLRs. Shutter lag, however, clocked about 0.15 to 0.2 second, which was typical with what we got on conventional point-and-shoots… “
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCRP reviews the Panasonic G1 and writes;
“Photo quality was very good. The G1 took well-exposed photos with pleasing, accurate colors..kit lens had minimal barrel distortion and corner blurriness, and no vignetting… noise under control until you hit ISO 800 in low light, and ISO 1600 in good light. At that point there will be noticeable detail loss.”
Rating: N/A

NYTimes reviews the Panasonic G1 and writes;
“The pictures look wonderful, the color is rich and true. The low-light abilities put compact cameras to shame. And all of the effects that would be impossible with a typical small camera — trailing car lights, frozen splashes, eight-second star-trail exposures — are easy to dial up with this one.”
Rating: N/A

Panasonic G1 Samples

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Panasonic G1 User Manual (PDF)

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– Download Panasonic DMC-G1 User Manual (PDF – 55MB)

Panasonic G1 Firmwares

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 firmware Ver 1.2 (10 February’09)
– Performances in the Auto White Balance and the color reproduction were improved.
– A reliability on the flash operation in low temperature environments were improved.
– File write back from PC to the camera was enabled also for the models shipped for Europe.

Panasonic G1 Price Comparison

Panasonic G1 Press Release

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).* Based on the new Micro Four Thirds System standard, the LUMIX G1 eliminates the internal mirror structure that defines digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, thus reducing the size and weight by nearly half.** With the mirror-less system, the G1’s flange back, which is the distance between the mount and the image sensor, has been reduced from 40 mm – as specified in the Four Thirds System – to approximately 20 mm.

The new Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G1 will enhance the advanced photo quality and flexibility made possible by the Four ThirdsÔ System, and with its innovative design, consumers will appreciate the portability of a smaller camera body and lenses. The G1 will be available in mid-November as a kit with the new LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S lens. Also available in November, and announced today, is the LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm/F4.0-5.6/MEGA O.I.S.lens.

“With the LUMIX G1, we are filling a void that has existed for a long time in the digital camera market, because consumers wanted the power of an SLR, but previous models were bulky and inconvenient,” said David Briganti, National Marketing Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “The LUMIX G answers this challenge as consumers can benefit from the flexibility of changing lenses; a quick Auto Focus; and a sensor that produces high-quality photos. By packing all those powerful assets into an extremely compact body with easy-to-use features familiar to point-and-shoot users, we are excited about G, as it brings new possibilities to the consumer.”

The LUMIX G1 is also the world’s first interchangeable lens camera that will come with color variety – with availability in black, blue and red models – allowing consumers to personalize their style through color, something very popular with point-and-shoot camera models.

3 Responses to “Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1”

  1. I just got the G1 and I like it. I think that in the future, none of the new cameras will have mirrors in them, as they improve on this new technology.

    I bought mine used, having only 130 shots on record, for $575. with 14-45 lens and battery and hood and neck strap and charger. An additional battery was $85. when I first checked. They are coming down in price but still too high!!!

    I really need the 45-200 zoom. I tried a doubler fastened to the front of my smaller zoom and it did not make clear photos. Blurred around the edges!

    I need a 28-300 zoom with f2.8 lens. I don’t suppose they’ll make one for the G1 for a while yet.

    I personally like the video view in the finder because it’s live. Other DSLRs just have the mirror image, which is real clear, but not predictive of what your final shot will look like. I almost never use the 3 inch monitor, I can’t see it with out reading glasses and I can’t see through the view finder with glasses on. I appreciate the adjustability of the view finder diopter.

    I have had a few frustrations with the use of it but feel that as I learn how to adjust the many settings, I can make better photos.

    This camera is a lot better than the Kodak point and shoot, 5 mp, that I’ve been using. I was disappointed that it would not take video clips.
    But I understand that the next one will do that.
    They just keep you upgrading every year don’t they?

  2. cherie says:

    Hi Ive had this camera for 2 years now not sure that I love it yet, I am just starting to learn it I think theirs alot I dont no my main question is when I take pics I have a delay and its very anoying Over and over I press the button half way to focus and it still dosint want to take the pic so alot of times I miss great shots and how do I work the zoom its not that great or am I in the wrong setting to get up close and personal. hope you can help me with these 2 problems thanks


  3. Antonia M-K says:

    Is it possible to record a motion picture on the panasonic lumix dmc-g1 ?

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