|Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on September 5, 2010 at 10:24 AM|
LUMIX G Micro System Digital Camera GF1 - The World’s Smallest, Lightest Interchangeable Lens Camera with Artistic Flat Design
A friend of ours Wibbly has just bought this camera and reviewed it on intoclassco.co.uk assessing it as follows:
"Imagine having to lug about all those lenses and a monster body, and filters and all the additional bits and pieces associated with a DSLR people lug about nowadays. Now as an amateur togger, I’m guessing quite a few people start off chasing the ultimate dream and spend more time buying kit than taking pictures. I know I have in the past, and in a short time what happens is it spends more time collecting dust and a nice ornament than it does taking pics.
So after all that chasing I decided to downsize my big bag of kit and buy myself a 4/3rds camera which I guess is a good compromise between compact portability and DSLR quality. 4/3rds is basically DSLR without the mirror element which means you get no viewfinder, and in some circles that is sacrosanct for good imaging.
All I will say is take a look here at this site, and the review of the camera I have bought and see if you agree with me that a 4/3rds is more than capable enough for an amateur shooter like me!
I think I can quite happily live with some of the images produced here!"
Wibbly's thoughts and those of David Clapp in the link above have convinced me of the merits of this camera. The attraction of our current Canon 400Ds is that they were small for a DSLR and that is the strength I see with this camera, so enjoy your camera Mr Wibbly you have made me hanker for something my wallet cannot yet support!
Key Features - Source Panasonic Website
LUMIX G Micro System - Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera
High Image Quality with 12.1-megapixel Live MOS Sensor & Venus Engine HD
HD Movie AVCHD Lite & Motion Picture P Mode
My Colour Mode
iA Mode with Face Recognition
LUMIX G 20mm/F1.7 ASPH. Based on Micro Four Thirds System Standard
"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."
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