Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 with 14-45mm lens reviews and prices: Mirrorless camera

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8.8 out of 10 based on 17 reviews.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 with 14-45mm lens: 12.1 MP (Megapixels), 1x optical zoom, SD Card storage, No image stabiliser digital Mirrorless camera. See full product description

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Gerard, Kenley Surrey Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Build quality.
Good Menu
Many manual controls
very good screen
Bad points:
Noise at higher ISO speeds.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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0 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 26 Jan 2011

Julian, Wolverhampton Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
An excellent camera - virtually DSLR image quality in a compact package. The supplied 14-45mm kit lens is the perfect range for me and produces very good results. This camera is ideal when the weight and bulk of a bigger camera are too much hassle (I do a lot of mountain landscape photography and the GF1 is perfect for this) A full range of manual controls and RAW image output puts the user in full control. However, the auto options give good results if you just want to use it as a point and shoot. Build quality appears to be good too.
Bad points:
The only downside from my experience is that the screen can be hard to see on bright days. The optional viewfinder would help here, but it is expensive.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 6 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 22 Aug 2010

Paul, Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Exceptionally good camera - best compact I have ever used with amazing photographic flexibility and results. The lens is superb and I am so glad I chose this over the GF2 which replaces the GF1. Better standard lens and the ability to choose film types as opposed to using filters on the GF2 makes it stand out from the crowd.
Light weight and results very close to SLR quality.

I love the fact that I can change lenses and with the 20mm you rarely need to use the flash for indoor shooting which means you get much more natuarl looking photos.
Bad points:
This is not for people who simply want a point and shoot as getting the most from this camera involves using the manual settings. Flash is awful but I generally shoot without it even indoors particularly with the 20mm F1.7 lens.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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0 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 18 Feb 2011

Kerry, Manchester Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
If your thinking of buying this camera then you probably already know a little about it already. Its the new mirrorless DSLR systems. This is not going to the job of a Canon 7D for example, but i do love it. I found myself using it more than i would my standard DSLR because its smaller and not so obtrusive. I really dislike carrying around a huge camera and then whipping it out to take a photo and drawing attention to yourself; i had no problems with this. The build quality is excellent and it feels really solid. I haven't looked at my images in detail yet, but so far they look great.
Bad points:
No viewfinder (or viewfinder separate). In bright condition screen can be hard to view.
Additional lenses coming on-line all the time, but a lot are quite expensive. this should get better with time.
Battery doesn't seem to last as long as a traditional DSLR
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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6 of 10 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 18 Aug 2010

Laurie, Chertsey Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use
Compact
Fast
Great Image Quality
Bad points:
Limited lenses
Expensive
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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3 of 7 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 10 Apr 2010

Danny, Cambridge Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Camera body feels nice and solid. Menu system logical once you've spent a while going through the manual. Terrific autofocus speed. Nothing missing from the feature set - and using aperture-priority or programmed auto modes are really straightforward with rapid changes possible to all the key settings. Great image quality from the 14-45mm zoom lens too.
Bad points:
14-45mm lens a little on the bulky side compared with what I'd hope for - you'll still need to trate this smallish camera differently to a compact unless you shell out for the 20mm pancake lens too - so this means a proper camera bag, at which point the benefits over a bigger, heavier dSLR start to become marginal. Lens also feels a bit plasticky if you've been used to pre-digital-era high-quality optics. Popup flash also looks a bit flimsy, but this probably won't be an issue.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Oct 2010

Confirmed purchaser Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
High quality build, very good kit lens gives nice sharp images, video is also good quality. It is easy to get sharp well
saturated images from this lightweight easy to carry camera.
Bad points:
getting used to the various menus takes a little time but once you get the hang of it it becomes very easy.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Feb 2011

Product Features

Camera Type Mirrorless
Resolution (Pixels) 4000x3000
Optical zoom ratio 1
Screen size (Inches) 3
Type of image stabiliser No
Colour Black
Colour Silver
Colour Red
Media format SD Card
Media format SDHC Card
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 285
Flash Yes
Body Only No
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/4000
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/60
Waterproof No
Viewfinder Yes
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 119x71x36.3
RAW Format Yes
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f3.5-5.6
Filter Diameter (mm) Lens 1 52
Release date 2009/09/16
Height in mm 71
Width in mm 119
Depth in mm 36.3
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens Yes
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Manufacturer's Description

LUMIX G Micro System Digital Camera GF1 – The Worlds Smallest, Lightest Interchangeable Lens Camera with Artistic Flat Design. By using the Micro Four Thirds System standard and developing a camera body that eliminates the mirror box and optical viewfinder unit, the DMC-GF1 was able to achieve the world’s smallest, lightest body as a system camera with a built-in flash. It also features classical, but new artistic flat design. This new-generation system camera features Full-Time Live View, high-speed Contrast AF, HD movie recording, and more. It is small enough to take anywhere, yet sophisticated enough to take you as far into photography and movies as you want to go.

The DMC-GF1’s 4/3-type Live MOS sensor with 12.1-megapixel gives you the high image quality. It also adds a high-speed readout for HD movie recording. The Dust Reduction System helps maintain image quality by placing a Supersonic Wave Filter in front of the sensor. An image processing LSI, Venus Engine HD, incorporates two CPUs. This does not only boost image processing speed, it also helps achieve an exceptional noise-reduction performance. Also, it allows long-time movie recording in AVCHD Lite while maintaining low power consumption.

The DMC-GF1 can record HD movie of 720P in AVCHD Lite with high sound quality of Dolby Digital Creator. Motion JPEG format is also available (1,280 × 720 pixels). Just press the Motion Picture Button, and shooting begins. In the Motion Picture P Mode, the aperture can be adjusted easily. The iA Mode can also be activated in motion picture recording. When the DMC-GF1 is connected to a Panasonic VIERA via an optional mini HDMI cable, the TV’s remote control unit can be used to enjoy playing back with greater convenience.

The 3.0-inch 460,000-dot LCD gives you a Full-time Live View of what you’re shooting, with approx. 100% field of view. In addition, versatile creative functions are possible with the DMC-GF1. My Colour Mode makes it easy to customize colour effects to match your preference. The Peripherical Defocus Mode automatically adjusts the focus to match the AF area while gently defocusing to emphasize the subject. The iA Mode, featuring Face Recognition function, serves as a combination of functions that makes it easy for anyone to take beautiful photos.

The bright F1.7/20mm (35mm camera equivalent: 40mm) fixed focus lens, based on the Micro Four Thirds System standard, produces bright photos with a dramatic soft focus even in dimly lit locations. Its compact, easy-to-carry size is also ideal for capturing everyday scenes and snapshots. This lens uses a lens drive system to enable a compact and bright F1.7. As a result of this, operating sounds are recorded when autofocusing during motion picture recording.


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