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09-02-2009, 08:00 AM
Well the GF-1 has been announced.

I should get one:) after release sometime in october:( and then I will post some more info.



09-02-2009, 09:40 AM
The Lumix DMC-GF1 has the ability to record high definition videos, at a resolution of 1280 x 720 (also known as 720p). You have two codecs to choose from: AVCHD Lite, which allows for unlimited recording times (except in Europe, where you're limited to 30 minutes)

Can anyone explain the 30 minutes limit in Europe? How come?

09-02-2009, 09:52 AM
I think it's to do with the classification of the camera if it goes over that in Europe and the effect that has on taxes or something similar...But that's from memory, so I could be totally wrong. :rolleyes:

David Metsky
09-02-2009, 11:14 AM
Yes, if you can record more than 30 minutes of video (but some size and frame rate restrictions) it gets classified as a video camera and is taxed at a higher rate.


09-02-2009, 12:45 PM
Very cool looking camera, but a GN6 flash really isn't much better than no flash at all...
Hope Olympus fixes that focusing issue with a firmware update for the EP-1, then.

09-02-2009, 05:41 PM
EP-1 benefits:
In body stabilization
Focus all 4/3 lenses

GF-1 benefits:
Faster focus

I think I would just wait another year until Olympus gets autofocus better, since Panasonic is never going to use in body stabilization.

Phill D
09-09-2009, 10:57 PM
Yes the GF-1 does look pretty attractive except for the price. I'd have preferred it to have in body IS too although Panasonic are bringing out some nice IS lenses.
Now if Oly fix the AF, add an EVF & bring out a lightweight 14-150(or more preferably 210) zoom then I'd raid the piggy bank. That would be my ideal high quality superzoom.

Ian Barnes
10-03-2009, 02:04 PM
I use Sony & Nikon DSLRs and I've just downloaded the recent test images on the dcresource.com home page taken on the Panasonic GF1 with just a basic kit lens 14-90mm and I'm very impressed with the quality of the ones I looked at, particularly the Purple Fringing Tunnel Of Doom and the ISO400 church interior shot.. this is some camera, I can't wait to get one as a carry anywhere camera, if it's as good as your test images show

10-08-2009, 09:50 AM
Well I got upset with amazon over an seperate issue so I canceled my GF-1 order. Then after seeing an E-P1 at a local camera store I decided I really wanted a small camera...

And after watching a few buy/sell/auction sites I found an E-P1 for $275 less than the current new prices and jumped on it...

I guess I will start a new thread over in the OLY forum... I did pre-order a panasonic 20mm F1.7 to use on the PEN..

10-25-2009, 08:38 AM
It's been almost a year since I last posted here.

John, sorry to hear about your prpblems with Amazon but is glad to hear that it worked out for you with the EP-1 :)

I have the Gf-1 and is very happy with it. Here are some shots I got with mine.







10-28-2009, 08:47 PM
Those last three are very cool!

03-07-2010, 12:15 AM
Those last three are very cool!

yeah very good

03-31-2010, 07:31 PM
those are some gorgeous shots daniel!

04-12-2010, 09:18 PM
I have a few questions regarding these Micro-Four-Thirds quasi-SLR cameras, specifically, the Panasonic GF1, G1 and the GH1...

Does Panasonic offer any GPS marking metadata for photos as they are taken?

Does this Micro-Four-Thirds technology really lend itself to serious pro photography? (I've never owned an SLR before, but if I did get one, I'd be using it for outdoor sports and wildlife photography, for both daytime and twilight)

Has anyone really used the AVCHD movie-shooting features of any of these cameras? What about using the footage on a Mac? What did you think?

Anyone tried shooting with one of these babies in winter (snowy) venues? How did it perform?

Anyone tried shooting using a remote control?

What kind of telephoto (10x or higher) options are available?

What are the largest memory cards you've used in one of these cameras?

How easy are these cameras to learn how to use?



04-21-2010, 08:13 AM
Thanks very much everyone, I hope more of you will share your shots here also :)


As of the moment I don't think Panasonic offers any GPS in their micro 4/3s cameras. You can check around Flickr for GF-1 shots, I think you will find that a lot of pros use it as their back up body. I haven't tried shooting videos or using a remote with it nor do I live in a place with winter so I can't comment on those 3 issues. As for telephotos, well there are a couple of lenses that might interest you - the 14-140mm and the 45-200mm lenses. These are not fast teles but from the images I've seen being shot by it and posted around the net, I'd say these lenses are pretty good. Should you want to go wide then there is the really good 7-14mm lens. I've used a 16gb card with no problems so I pressume a 32gb card will work just as well. The Panasonic is an easy camera to learn and use. The menu system is pretty straight forward.

I mostly shoot with the 20mm pancake lens but occasionally I use the kit lens -14-45mm :)





14mm shot

shot handheld with the 14-45 mm kit lens @ ISO 800


04-22-2010, 09:32 AM

Danielg covered many of your questions. But in addition to danielg's response, I'd like to comment on a couple of your questions (not really answering them). Pro photography is a very large field including sports photography, landscape, etc. I suppose this camera would not be one of choice for action sports due to the relatively low frame rates. You'd probably want to mate that with a fast lens. With limited lenses available, again, this would probably not be a consideration for that particular type of photography. However, with a larger than the run of the mill point and shoot sensors, you do achieve better resolution, sensitivity, et cetera. As with many things, knowing your camera, it's capabilities and limitations, producing fantastic images with this camera should not be a handicap. I've suprized myself and others many occasions with my point and shoot Fuji F31fd - mostly stills and landscape. Understand that this camera (seemingly to me) fills the niche of the traveller in mind with heavier than average understanding of how to produce an image - me included. For what it is, I think Panasonic did an incredible job. I'm not clear what you ask about snowy weather. Is this a white balance problem or is this geared toward cold climate conditions in general? For easness of use, test drive one. Every manufacturer has its own interface and you only need to learn how to navigate through it once. As for wetting your feet with something like this, I can't provide any input as I learned in the days of b/w film with my trusty Nikon FM2.

Danielg, thanks for the images. I'm still on the fence about making the decision on this camera. Due to the recent firmware update, I'm awaiting further review on the Olympus E-PL1 before I make my final decision.


04-25-2010, 05:51 PM
Back again!

Thanks for the interesting replies!

My winter question was geared at what an SLR photog would do with his/her gear in a cold climate. I occasionally shot at snowy, very cold winter outside events. When I shoot those, it's mostly video but I've done some (point-and-shoot) stills as well. I'm usually outside all day or at least for long periods. I'm interested in how one of these Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras would behave in that situation. (I usually wear a full winter work suit during those events, and hang my cameras/camcorders around my neck, keeping them inside the suit when not shooting to keep them warm.)

Shooting wildlife with an SLR or Micro Four Thirds camera would be especially appealing to me. Some of the best wildlife sightings (and thus prospective shots) seem to occur at dawn and dusk, or before a storm. That seems to be when some species (deer, bear, porcupine, etc.) move around. Point-and-shoot cams simply are not adequate in low light.