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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 13.1 MP Micro Four Thirds mount Digital Interchangeable Lens Camera with LUMIX G 20mm/F1.7 Aspherical Lens

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About Panasonic

LUMIX DMC-GF1, the world's smallest and lightest system digital camera with a built-in flash. With its compact size, user-friendly design and ability to record High Definition (HD) video and take professional-quality photos, the LUMIX GF1 continues to redefine digital photography standards.

Though small in size, the LUMIX GF1 does not compromise in advanced features. The LUMIX DMC-GF1 can record 1280 x 720 High Definition video in AVCHD Lite, a format that enables longer recording times. The LUMIX GF1 can also record HD Motion JPEG in 1280 x 720 and other video recording formats include: QVGA,VGA and WVGA. The LUMIX GF1 has a unique Movie Program Mode that allows consumers to adjust the depth-of-field while shooting in HD video, so background and foreground can be blurred to give creative effects - something typically only possible with expensive professional camcorders.

The LUMIX DMC-GF1 includes the new My Color mode, which includes seven preset effects - Expressive, Retro, Pure, Elegant, Monochrome, Dynamic Art, Silhouette and Custom - all which let users manually set the color, brightness and saturation levels. Withthe Live View function, users can see how these settings will effect the photo before they shoot, making it easier to capture the exact mood or atmosphere desired. For even more elaborate effects, users can choose from a total of nine Film modes, and set the contrast, sharpness and saturation levels for each.

For those users not quite comfortable with extensive manual and creative controls, the LUMIX GF1 provides a user-friendly setting that can address a beginner's comfort level, while helping them evolve their photography skills.

Also, helping to make the LUMIX GF1 more approachable, Panasonic's popular iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, a system of technologies that engage automatically - no setting changes needed - allows for intuitive use when shooting still or video images

The LUMIX GF1 also comes fully-equipped with a built-in flash and a large, 3.0-inch Intelligent LCD with a wide viewing angle and a 460,000-dot resolution. The Intelligent LCD offers automatic backlight control, which when combined with its high-resolution, helps improve visibility in all light environments - from sunny outdoors to low-light interior settings. New for the LUMIX G Series, the LUMIX GF1 is compatible with an optional Live View Finder (DMW-LVF1), which provides the full-time live view function boasting 100% field of view regardless of the attached lens. To further expand the LUMIX G Series system, Panasonic Micro Four Thirds digital cameras can be used with Four Thirds System interchangeable lenses via an optional mount adaptor DMW-MA1 and with the prestigious Leica M/R lenses using Panasonic's DMW-MA2M DMW-MA3R. These adapters give the user access to the unlimited number of lens properties.

Panasonic Specifications

Camera Type
Digital Interchangeable Lens Camera
Recording Media
SD memory card, SDHC memory card, MultiMediaCard
Image Sensor Size
17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
Mount
Micro Four Thirds mount
Image Sensor
13.1 Total MegaPixels
Live MOS Sensor
Primary Color Filter
Camera Effective Pixels
12.1 Mega Pixels
Dust Reduction System
Supersonic wave filter
Recording Format (Still Image)
JPEG(DCF, Exif 2.21), RAW, DPOF compatible
Recording Format (Still Image w/ Audio)
JPEG(DCF, Exif 2.21) + Quicktime
Recording Format (Motion Image)
AVCHD / QuickTime Motion JPEG
Aspect Ratio
4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1 (Multi-aspect recording except 1:1)
Image Quality
RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard
Color Space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
4:3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
4000 x 3000(L), 2816 x 2112(M), 2048 x 1536(S)
3:2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
4128 x 2752(L), 2928 x 1952(M), 2064 x 1376(S)
16:9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
4000 x 2248(L), 2816 x 1584(M), 1920 x 1080(S)
1:1 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
2992 x 2992(L), 2112 x 2112(M), 1504 x 1504(S)
Motion Image (4:3 Aspect Ratio)
QVGA : 320 x 240, 30fps / VGA : 640 x 480, 30fps
Motion Image (16:9 Aspect Ratio)
WVGA : 848 x 480, 30fps
Motion Image (HD Movie)
1280 x 720, 30fps
Motion Image (AVCHD)
NTSC: [HD] 1280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 30fps)(SH: 17Mbps, H: 13Mbps, L: 9Mbps)
PAL: [HD] 1280 x 720, 50p (sensor output is 25fps)(SH: 17Mbps, H: 13Mbps, L: 9Mbps)
Focus Type
Contrast AF system
Focus Mode
AFs/AFc/MF
Focus AF mode
Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing
Focus AF Detective Range
EV 0-18 (F3.5 lens, ISO 100)
AF Assist Lamp
Yes
AF/AE Lock
AF/AE LOCK button or Shutter button halfway pressed in AFs mode
Focus Others
Pre AF(Quick AF/Continuous AF),AF+MF, MF Assist(5x, 10x)
Light Metering System
144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Light Metering
Intelligent Multiple / Center-weighted / Spot
Metering Range
EV 0-18 (F2.0 lens, ISO 100)
Exposure
Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
ISO Sensitivity
Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / Intelligent ISO
Exposure Compensation
1/3 EV Step, ± 3 EV
Auto Bracketing (AE)
3,5,7 frame, in 1/3 or 2/3 EV Step, ±2 EV
White Balance
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / Flash / White Set 1,2 / Color temperature setting
White Balance Adjustment
Blue/Amber Bias
Magenta/Green Bias
Color Temperature Setting
2500-10000K in 100K
White Balance Bracket
3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis
Shutter Speed/Shutter System
Type: Focal-plane shutter, Speed: 1/4000 ~ 60 and Bulb (up to approx. 4 minutes)
Self Timer
2 seconds / 10 seconds / 10 seconds / 3 images
Remote Control
Remote control with bulb function by DMW-RSL1 (Optional)
Scene Modes
Portrait/Soft Skin/Scenery/Architecture/Sports/Peripheral Defocus/Flower/Food/Objects/Night Portrait/Night Scenery/Illuminations/Baby 1,2/Pet/Party/Sunset
Movie Scene Mode
Portrait/Soft Skin/Scenery/Architecture/Sports/Flower/Food/Objects/Low Light/Party/Sunset (Activated by selecting Still Image SCN mode then pressing Movie Button. Still Image SCN modes without corresponding Movie SCN mode is recorded in Normal mode or other related mode.)
Burst Shooting Mode
3 frames/sec (High speed) or 2 frames/sec (Low speed)
Number of recordable images: 7 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed) Unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW files) (depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
Built-in Flash Type
TTL Built-in-Flash, GN6.0 equivalent (ISO 100 ?m), Built-in Pop-up
Built-in Flash Mode
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
X-Sync Speed
Less than 1/160 second
Flash Output Adjustment
1/3EV Step ±2EV
Flash Synchronization
1st. Curtain Sync. , 2nd Curtain Sync.
External Flash
TTL Auto with FL220/FL360/FL500 (Optional)
LCD Monitor
Type: Low temperature Polycrystalline TFT LCD
Monitor Size: 3.0inch / 3:2 Aspect / Wide viewing angle
Pixels: 460K dots
Field of view: Approx. 100%
Brightness Adjustment: Auto, Power LCD, Manual (7 levels)
Live View
Digital Zoom: 2x, 4x
Extra Optical Zoom: Max.2x (Not effective with L size recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels and aspect ratio.)
Other Functions: Guide Lines (3 patterns), Real-time Histogram
Film Mode
Color: Standard / Dynamic / Nature / Smooth / Nostalgic / Vibrant
Black and white: Standard / Dynamic / Smooth
Others: My Film1 / My Film2 / Multi Film
Protection
Single / Multi or Cancel
Erase
Single / Multi / All / Except Favorite
Direct Print
PictBridge compatible (Print size, Layout, Date setting is selectable)
OSD Language
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Interface
Digital: USB 2.0 (High Speed).
Digital Video: miniHDMI TypeC.
Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p (576p in PAL system)
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
Audio video output: Monaural Type, NTSC/PAL
Remote: 2.5mm
Microphone
Monaural, Wind-cut: Off / Low / Standard / High
Speaker
Yes
Power Supply
ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1250mAh) (Included) Battery Charger/AC Adapter (Input: 110-240V AC, DC Cable is required)
Battery Life
CIPA Standard : Approx. 350 images(LCD)
LVF : Approx. 430 images
with 20mm
Included Software
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.1 HD Edition
SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 SE
USB Driver
Operating Temperature
32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)
Operating Humidity
10% to 80%
Dimensions (H x W x D)
119 x 71 x 36.3mm / 4.69 x 2.80 x 1.43 in
Weight
Approx. 285g / 10.05 oz ?Body only?
Warranty
Panasonic warranty
Mfr #
DMCGF1CK
SKU
IPCDMCGF1K1

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4.4

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect Travel Camera for DSLR Users

I think the best way to start this review is to explain why I bought the camera. I was looking for something that was close to a DSLR in IQ, controls, and features, but in a smaller and more travel friendly package. I wanted something I could toss into a jacket pocket or small backpack and not have to worry about weight, size or carrying a bunch of lenses. I started off my search by looking at advanced point and shoots (e.g. G10, LX-4, S90, etc.) but the weak ISO performance and slow lenses...

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I think the best way to start this review is to explain why I bought the camera. I was looking for something that was close to a DSLR in IQ, controls, and features, but in a smaller and more travel friendly package. I wanted something I could toss into a jacket pocket or small backpack and not have to worry about weight, size or carrying a bunch of lenses. I started off my search by looking at advanced point and shoots (e.g. G10, LX-4, S90, etc.) but the weak ISO performance and slow lenses forced me to drop them from my list. From there, the next step was to look at Micro Four Third (M4/3) and compact ASP-C setups. Along with the GF-1, I looked at the Olympus EP-1, EP-2, EPL-1 and the Sony NEX-3/5. I tested all of these and narrowed it down to the GF-1 for the following reasons: • Controls: The GF-1 just felt like using my 5D. The dials, menus, and controls are very intuitive and the settings/functions you need to change frequently (ISO, metering mode, aperture, shutter, exposure comp., etc.) are just a button push or dial turn away. The Olympus required a little more digging and performance was a sluggish compared to the GF-1. The Sony wasn't as bad as people make it out to be, but it does get old shuffling through menus to change simple things like the ISO. Supposedly, Sony is going to release a firmware update to remedy this issue in the near future. • Speed: The focus speed of the GF-1 with the 20mm vs. any of the Olympus models is noticeably faster. This makes a huge difference for street photography which is important to me. The NEX was just as fast (if not faster) but the GF-1 was fast AND accurate…the Sony missed it's mark quite a few times. • Price: I've invested quite a bit of money into building a DSLR setup that works for me and to invest even more money into a camera that I will only really use when traveling was not an option. When I finally decided on getting a M4/3, the EPL-1 was the cheapest of the bunch and it looked like my only option at that time. I was going to settle for this as I had a limit that I didn't want to exceed. Luckily, two weeks before my trip, the price of the GF-1 with the 20mm lens dropped to a price where it made the GF-1 a no-brainer. • Lens Quality: The 20mm is a fantastic lens. Distortion is undetectable (with in camera correction) and color and contrast are excellent. Sharpness is also excellent between the f/2-f/6.3 range. Images produced wide open are still very good. Olympus has some good offerings at decent prices, but I think the 20mm is THE lens to have for M4/3 bodies. The Sony lenses just could not compare which is a real shame. I probably would have purchased the NEX if it had a prime lens in the 20mm area that could compare to the Panny's 20mm. • Picture Quality: I thought my initial test images were good but after using this as my only camera for two weeks in Europe, I have to say that I am truly impressed with the GF-1. While I did miss my 5D on occasion, I never really felt like I was in a position where I was limited because I had the GF-1 instead of my 5D. Color reproduction and AWB accuracy is VERY good. I usually shoot RAW and I've only had to make minor adjustments which is always nice. • Battery Life: I've been getting close to 400 shots on a full charge which seems pretty good to me. I've had point and shoots bodies in the past that have had awful battery life. There's nothing worse than having a nice small camera to put in your pocket but then you have to put two extra batteries in your other pocket. Defeats the purpose of the small camera. I've also discovered a few cons with this camera. No deal breakers or anything significant enough to make me want to get rid of the GF-1…just a few gripes. • Noise: Starting at about ISO 400, noise becomes noticeable. Sadly, ISO 800 is about the max I will use with this body. I have gone higher and had "OK" results, but the images will be chocked full of grain. Luckily, Lightroom's noise reduction is very good. • Size: Don't get me wrong, this is drastically smaller than my 5D with a 50mm but it's still not really a "pocketable" camera. I have some fall/winter jackets with larger pockets that may be able to hold the GF-1, but that's about it. It does however fit into my wife's purse quite nicely :-) Overall, I'm very pleased with this camera. It's by no means the holy grail of cameras but it is a very capable setup that is compact and fun to use. The GF-1 will definitely be coming on more day trips and vacations where the 5D would be too much camera. A few recommendations for potential buyers... I ended up buying the EVF which has come in handy when working in bright sunlight as the back LCD gets washed out quite easily. It also has less draw on the battery than the big LCD. It's a little pricey and small, but I think it's worth the $. If you can live without image stabilization, I HIGHLY recommend picking up the GF-1 with the 20mm instead of the zoom as it makes the kit more compact and it really is an excellent piece of glass. I picked up a B + W UV filter for the 20mm but I ended up taking it off. I was getting some nasty flare in bright daylight. After taking the filter off, the flare is gone. This seems to be a common problem with this lens (pancake style) so I would say hold off on the filter...but that's just me.

Reviewed by 8 customers

 
4.0

Still a Great Camera.

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My first M4/3 camera, bought as a run out model. I have been very happy with this solid little beast, which remains an excellent camera, in my opinion. As I got older, I got tired of carrying the full DSLR body and lenses around, especially when away from home. This camera performs really very well when used with care to extract optimum performance. The optional EVF is disappointing and is the only aspect of the camera I would seriously criticise. The dynamic range is perhaps a little limited, but this has not really been an issue for me. Developments are afoot and the GX1 will be interesting.

 
5.0

Serious shooting without DSLR size

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I bought this camera to take on business trips and for other situations where a DSLR would be in the way. Right now I only have the 20mm f/1.7 kit lens. The camera is perfect for my intended use. other than minor shutter lag which would be typical for this class of camera, it does everything I expect of it. I've even shot hand-held HDR brackets at ISO3200. It can do 7 brackets (most DSLR's do only 3) but I would like to see intervals greater than 2/3 stop. Electronic viewfinder is excellent, though it adds some bulk. Note that I use DxO as my RAW processor and it now supports the GF1 and 20mm and 14-140mm lenses. This gives better noise and lighting processing. I'll definitely add a lens or two soon.

 
4.0

great combo

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Perfect Travel Camera for DSLR Users

By

I think the best way to start this review is to explain why I bought the camera. I was looking for something that was close to a DSLR in IQ, controls, and features, but in a smaller and more travel friendly package. I wanted something I could toss into a jacket pocket or small backpack and not have to worry about weight, size or carrying a bunch of lenses. I started off my search by looking at advanced point and shoots (e.g. G10, LX-4, S90, etc.) but the weak ISO performance and slow lenses forced me to drop them from my list. From there, the next step was to look at Micro Four Third (M4/3) and compact ASP-C setups. Along with the GF-1, I looked at the Olympus EP-1, EP-2, EPL-1 and the Sony NEX-3/5. I tested all of these and narrowed it down to the GF-1 for the following reasons: • Controls: The GF-1 just felt like using my 5D. The dials, menus, and controls are very intuitive and the settings/functions you need to change frequently (ISO, metering mode, aperture, shutter, exposure comp., etc.) are just a button push or dial turn away. The Olympus required a little more digging and performance was a sluggish compared to the GF-1. The Sony wasn't as bad as people make it out to be, but it does get old shuffling through menus to change simple things like the ISO. Supposedly, Sony is going to release a firmware update to remedy this issue in the near future. • Speed: The focus speed of the GF-1 with the 20mm vs. any of the Olympus models is noticeably faster. This makes a huge difference for street photography which is important to me. The NEX was just as fast (if not faster) but the GF-1 was fast AND accurate…the Sony missed it's mark quite a few times. • Price: I've invested quite a bit of money into building a DSLR setup that works for me and to invest even more money into a camera that I will only really use when traveling was not an option. When I finally decided on getting a M4/3, the EPL-1 was the cheapest of the bunch and it looked like my only option at that time. I was going to settle for this as I had a limit that I didn't want to exceed. Luckily, two weeks before my trip, the price of the GF-1 with the 20mm lens dropped to a price where it made the GF-1 a no-brainer. • Lens Quality: The 20mm is a fantastic lens. Distortion is undetectable (with in camera correction) and color and contrast are excellent. Sharpness is also excellent between the f/2-f/6.3 range. Images produced wide open are still very good. Olympus has some good offerings at decent prices, but I think the 20mm is THE lens to have for M4/3 bodies. The Sony lenses just could not compare which is a real shame. I probably would have purchased the NEX if it had a prime lens in the 20mm area that could compare to the Panny's 20mm. • Picture Quality: I thought my initial test images were good but after using this as my only camera for two weeks in Europe, I have to say that I am truly impressed with the GF-1. While I did miss my 5D on occasion, I never really felt like I was in a position where I was limited because I had the GF-1 instead of my 5D. Color reproduction and AWB accuracy is VERY good. I usually shoot RAW and I've only had to make minor adjustments which is always nice. • Battery Life: I've been getting close to 400 shots on a full charge which seems pretty good to me. I've had point and shoots bodies in the past that have had awful battery life. There's nothing worse than having a nice small camera to put in your pocket but then you have to put two extra batteries in your other pocket. Defeats the purpose of the small camera. I've also discovered a few cons with this camera. No deal breakers or anything significant enough to make me want to get rid of the GF-1…just a few gripes. • Noise: Starting at about ISO 400, noise becomes noticeable. Sadly, ISO 800 is about the max I will use with this body. I have gone higher and had "OK" results, but the images will be chocked full of grain. Luckily, Lightroom's noise reduction is very good. • Size: Don't get me wrong, this is drastically smaller than my 5D with a 50mm but it's still not really a "pocketable" camera. I have some fall/winter jackets with larger pockets that may be able to hold the GF-1, but that's about it. It does however fit into my wife's purse quite nicely :-) Overall, I'm very pleased with this camera. It's by no means the holy grail of cameras but it is a very capable setup that is compact and fun to use. The GF-1 will definitely be coming on more day trips and vacations where the 5D would be too much camera. A few recommendations for potential buyers... I ended up buying the EVF which has come in handy when working in bright sunlight as the back LCD gets washed out quite easily. It also has less draw on the battery than the big LCD. It's a little pricey and small, but I think it's worth the $. If you can live without image stabilization, I HIGHLY recommend picking up the GF-1 with the 20mm instead of the zoom as it makes the kit more compact and it really is an excellent piece of glass. I picked up a B + W UV filter for the 20mm but I ended up taking it off. I was getting some nasty flare in bright daylight. After taking the filter off, the flare is gone. This seems to be a common problem with this lens (pancake style) so I would say hold off on the filter...but that's just me.

 
5.0

Quick Notes about my new DMC-GF1

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I wanted to move up from my Leica D Lux 3 with a camera that I could carry with me all the time. The DMC-GF1 was a great choice for size in relationship to photo quality.

 
5.0

TRULY A WOW!

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It's really a WOW, I'm amaze with the quality. Excellent on portraits, even I'm not a professional photographer, I could produce such great pictures with ease and versatility to suit various moods and settings!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Makes you feel like a pro.

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Like any camera read the instructions. I really enjoy the low light, close up quality of the photos. There is limited zoom but it's something I'm willing to do without.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Versatile second camera

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I bought this camera for situations where I don't want to carry my full-frame DSLR. I found it easy to carry and use, the Q-Menu is especially useful. So far I have taken over 500 frames in the less than 2 weeks I have had the camera and it has performed excellently, the 20mm f1.7 (40mm effective) lens is extremely sharp and solid - I have used it for street photography and some rural and urban landscapes and have gotten excellent results. Strong build, relatively small size and easy, intuitive handling with excellent ergonomics makes this camera a pleasure to use. Also, because it uses live view for composition and the controls are fast, it is easy to take pictures without drawing undue attention to yourself - "Hey, look, I'm a photographer"

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