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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G1 Review

October 20th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC G1 is the world’s first Micro Four Thirds system digital camera features 13 Megapixel Live MOS image sensor, Autofocus with Live View, MEGA O.I.S., Intelligent ISO, Intelligent Scene Selector, and Face Detection. The LUMIC G1 uses Micro Four Thirds lenses but it supports the standard Four Thirds lenses using a mount adapter and it measures 124 x 83.6 x 45.2mm and weighs 385 g.

Panasonic LUMIC DMC G1 Reviews

LetsGoDigital review of LUMIC DMC G1 and it writes:

“the super-mobile LUMIC G1 shatters the old notion that all digital SLRs are bulky, heavy and hard to use. This, plus the superior picture quality made possible by a 4/3-type image sensor, draws a clear line between the new-generation Panasonic Lumix G1 and all conventional digital SLR cameras.”

Photokina-show review of LUMIC DMC G1 and it writes :

“Together with an innovative mirror-less structure that also dramatically downsizes the camera body, the Lumix G Micro System achieves a dramatic portability and ease of use by an adoption of electronic Full-time Live View Finder instead of conventional optical viewfinder.”

Dpreview preview of LUMIC DMC G1 and it writes:

The viewfinder on the sample we’ve been playing with is also very impressive, and we’re told that the final version will be even better (even at this early stage it compares very favorably with a standard Four Thirds optical finder)….

these systems also offered little beyond a size reduction (and a far more limited choice of films) to differentiate them from their 35mm counterparts.

…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 exciting products we’ve had under this roof for quite some years.

Panasonic LUMIN DMC G1 Press Release

SECAUCUS, NJ, Oct 16, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) — Panasonic today announced pricing for the world’s first Micro Four Thirds System camera, the LUMIX DMC-G1 — available in mid-November for a suggested retail price of $799.95, which includes the LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. kit lens. Also available in November, the LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm/F4.0-5.6/MEGA O.I.S. telephoto Micro Four Thirds lens has a suggested retail price of $349.95.

The LUMIX G1, available in black, blue and red models, is the first interchangeable lens camera to offer consumers a choice of colors. Weighing about half as much as a standard digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera (1.28 lbs)*, the LUMIX G1 is loaded with features that both entry-level and more experienced DSLR users will appreciate. The LUMIX G1 introduces a new Contrast AF (Auto Focus) system that is accurate and fast. Additionally, the LUMIX G1 features Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto mode found across the LUMIX line of cameras, which includes AF Tracking, Intelligent Exposure, MEGA O.I.S., Intelligent ISO, Intelligent Scene Selector, and Face Detection.

“The LUMIX G1 provides the power of a DSLR with many of the easy-to-use features from our point-and-shoot digital cameras,” said David Briganti, National Marketing Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “With the LUMIX G1, we’re able to provide manual controls and professional-quality images, while also making the camera much more compact and with intuitive features easy for those new to DSLRs to learn and use.”

The LUMIX G1′s electronic Live View Finder, with a high-resolution 1,440,000-dot equivalent, allows the user to shoot the exact image seen, while also displaying information about the camera’s settings. The LUMIX G1 also features a free-angle 3.0-inch LCD, enabling the user to see the adjustments as they are being made, a valuable learning tool for users new to manual controls, as the effects can be confirmed visually before snapping the shot.

Panasonic will expand its Micro Four Thirds System cameras and lenses in 2009, including a new model that builds on the LUMIX G1′s portability and style, while incorporating High Definition video capabilities. More details to be released in 2009. For more information about the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G1, please visit

panasonic Lumic DMC G1

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2 comments for this entry ↓

  • 1 Panasonic DMC-G1 failed to meet NYT reviewer expectation | // Oct 24, 2008 at 6:38 am

    [...] of being the first camera adopting the Micro Four Thirds format, Panasonic DMC G1 still has some feature that failed to meet New York Times’ reviewer expectation. On his [...]

  • 2 Jane // Oct 17, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    micro 4/3 is a great invention still many pros stick to mirrors

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