Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Video Review

by David Rasnake Reads (32)
  • Pros

    • Excellent AF speed, precision
    • Superb, well thought-out live view experience
    • Plenty of image processing tools for both novices and advanced shooters
    • Rugged body is still smaller than the smallest SLRs
    • Excellent screen and viewfinder
  • Cons

    • Lots of noise (for a DSLR) beyond ISO 800
    • Lens mount limits options at the moment
    • White balance system needs work
    • Too expensive for its specs and market?

Quick Take

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.


We’ve been busy putting the finishing touches on the text of our Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 review this week, but while we get the last details sorted out in anticipation of posting the full review next week, we’ve opted to go ahead and share our in-depth video review of this in-demand camera.

For those who’ve been living under a rock (or just away from internet access) for the past several months, the Lumix G1 hit stores just in time for the holidays as the first camera to take advantage of Olympus/Panasonic’s jointly developed Micro Four Thirds technology. Combining interchangeable DSLR optics and a Four Thirds format DSLR sensor with many of the advantages of a point-and-shoot – full-time live view, for instance – the G1 is meant to make interchangeable-lens cameras more accessible to those who’ve been scared off by the bulk and complexity of a DSLR.

Although it’s not significantly smaller than the smallest DSLRs and, with copious functions and deep menus, it’s not always as simple to operate as we might have liked either, the G1 unquestionably breaks new ground in areas like auto focus development – further confirming the viability of a small-form/large-sensor camera.

We’ll have sample shots, test results, and additional analysis on the G1 to share in our full review next week, so stay tuned for that!


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