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It may seem like a relatively low-key product to herald a minor revolution in the digital SLR market, but have no doubt, the G1 is one of the most interesting products we've had under this roof for quite some time. Let's see how it performs in our in-depth review. The Micro Four Thirds system uses the same sensor size 18 x The new format has three key technical differences: Removing the mirror mechanism allows this shorter flange back distance, meaning lenses for the new mount can be considerably smaller than current Four Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Digital Camera designs.

An adaptor ring is available, allowing existing Four Thirds lenses to be mounted. Auto Focus only functions on lenses compatible with contrast-detect AF, which limits choice.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 SLR-Style Digital Camera (Black) DMC-G1K

Click here for an up-to-date list of compatible lenses on the Panasonic website. The adapter is not designed to work with other accessories, such as Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Digital Camera and extension tubes. The thumbgrip on the back has a nice bevel up toward the right corner, a design element that probably couldn't have been done better given the short stature of the Panasonic G1. The left front of the Lumix G1 has a flat area that will be good for gripping as well.

Though the G1 rests in my palm comfortably, my fingers struggle to turn the small lens ring. It's grippy enough, but smaller than normal, and it's stiff enough that it requires two fingers to turn, rather than just one as most small kit lenses allow.

Panasonic Lumix G1 Review

That's not a criticism, really, just an observation. It's impressive that they built such advanced technology into so small a lens.

Though the Panasonic G1 has the gold L badge Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Digital Camera the front that I've always associated with the inclusion of a Leica lens, it's interesting to note that neither of the Micro Four Thirds lenses currently available is branded with the Leica name, though the first three Panasonic Four Thirds SLR lenses were. Apparently the little L is a secondary Lumix logo. On the Panasonic G1's top deck are two switches that surround the mode dial. One powers up the camera, the other sets the drive mode.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Review

I just love switches, especially for oft-changed items. The mode dial is large, and unfortunately it's too easy to turn, making accidental mode changes more likely. The shutter release button is mounted on a metal stand, positioned out on the top of the grip. It's similar to the Panasonic L10's shutter release, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Digital Camera is flat instead of round. Just below the Panasonic G1's shutter button is the Front dial. In Manual mode, you press in on the dial to switch between Aperture and Shutter speed settings on the LCD; in Program mode, pressing in on the Front dial activates the EV adjustment mode.

Though they're somewhat nostalgic, we here at Imaging Resource headquarters agree that the floppy camera strap rings are a hassle, one that gets worse when the camera is small like the G1. I just take them off and Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Digital Camera them back in the box until I need them. We prefer built-in strap lugs that require no accessory rings.


The Panasonic Lumix G1 at 1. It was quite gratifying to grab the little G1 and head out to shoot some galleries. No big bag necessary, no camera strap either; just me and the G1. The lens hood is small enough that I didn't mind leaving it on most of the time, either I Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Digital Camera wish it locked in place better, though, as it can move easily and interfere at wide angle. Because it looks like an SLR and I know the lens is interchangeable, I'm wont to just bring the viewfinder to my eye by default, especially out in daylight.


Released inthe DSLR-styled Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 introduced the on the digital camera market, the G1 certainly didn't reinvent the digital SLR. The single lens reflex does its job very well, but building a camera around a mirror box Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 MP Micro Four Thirds.

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