Panasonic Lumix GX1 Review - Hands On Demonstration - HD





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Published on Jan 3, 2013

Panasonic Lumix GX1 Review - Live Demo - HD

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A return to form for Panasonic, and a M4/3 camera that photographers won't be suspicious of. Its weaknesses are largely the weaknesses of its class of camera, but beyond those it's solid, comfortable, and fairly powerful. Not recommended for fidgety and manual focusers, but most shooters will be able to have a lot of fun with it.

16-megapixel micro four-thirds sensor
3″ 480×320 touchscreen
Debuts with new 14-42mm 3.5-5.6 lens (power zoom or traditional)
Stereo mic for HD video
MSRP: $700 (body only) $950 (as reviewed, with 14-42mm power zoom)

Compact and easy to handle
Most settings quickly accessible, some customizable
Quick autofocus, good image quality up until ISO 6400

It's no surprise that the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera category is continuing to grow at a rapid pace. These compact, pro-featured ILCs undoubtedly have a strong future, with mass consumer appeal and a widening assortment of price points. We're particularly taken with the technology's compact footprint -- we're focusing our camera reviews on mirrorless models, and even outfitted our entire CES team with Sony's NEX-C3. But long before the likes of Sony and Fujifilm launched their first cameras, Olympus and Panasonic dominated the then-infant mirrorless category, developing the Micro Four Thirds sensor standard, that, for better or worse, has failed to catch on among other manufacturers. Surprisingly, Panasonic's pioneering days were far stronger than those of recent past, with the company's GF1 melting the hearts of compact-seeking professionals. But following that successful first model, Panasonic opted to take the GF series in a different direction, launching a dumbed-down GF2 (and later GF3) in what was likely an attempt to appeal to the much larger amateur category. This left the GF1 faithful without a worthy successor -- until now.


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