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My Associates StoreShopping CartProduct DetailsPanasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 16 MPMicro 4/3 Compact System Camerawith 3-Inch LCD Touch Screen BodyOnly (Silver)From PanasonicListPrice:$699.99Price:$244.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shippingon orders over $25. DetailsAvailability: Usually ships in 24 hoursFulfilled by Amazon and Sold by Roberts LP12 new or used available from $204.99Average customer review:(96 customer reviews)Product DescriptionPanasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 16 MP Micr4/3 Compact System Camera with 3-Inch Touch-Screen LCD Body Only (Silver)Product Details Amazon Sales Rank: #1364 in Camera & Photo Color: Silver Brand: Panasonic Model: DMC-GX1SBODY
Number of items: 1 Dimensions: 3.90" h x 7.50" w x 5.70" l, .70 pounds Display size: 3Features 16MP DSLR-Like Image Quality, Features, and Lens Options Built-in Flash, Hotshoe, and Traditional Mode Dial Lumix LightSpeed Focusing and PinPoint Focusing Control Full HD Vide1080/60i - AVCHD/MP9Editorial ReviewsFrom the ManufacturerPanasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 16 MP Micro 4/3 Compact System CameraSuperb Image Quality and Performance Combined with a Premium DesignPanasonic is pleased to announce the addition of the DMC-GX1 interchangeable lens systemcamera as part of the LUMIX G Micro System as part of the new premium mirror-less line up -DMC-GX1 featuring high image quality and stunning performance in both response andfunction.LUMIX G Micro System realizes high-quality photo images with real-to-life details throughexcellent resolution, image rendering and color reproduction. Taking full advantage of the 16.0-megapixel Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine, images to be shot in low-lit situations at max.12800 high ISO sensitivity setting is stunningly clear with highly sharp resolution.Precision Contrast AF system of LUMIX G Micro System gains even higher speed realizingapprox. 0.09 second of Light Speed AF.* Consecutive shooting is also improved for 4.2 fps in16.0-megapixel full resolution.The DMC-GX1 records 1920 x 1080 full-HD video with stereo sound in AVCHD format whichis superior in both compression efficiency and friendliness with AV equipment for playback.
Advanced AF system including practical full-time AF and tracking AF is available in videorecording so that every photographer can enjoy high quality video recording with minimum ease.As a camera from the new premium line of LUMIX G Micro System, the external design of thecamera has been developed with no compromising on grip, dial, coating - everything to detail.The hot shoe on the top lets you attach the optional tilt-shift Live View Finder (DMW-LVF2) ofapprox. 1.4x (approx. 0.7x**), 1,440,000-dot equivalent, 100% field of view. It is nowcompatible with UHS-I standard for the SDXC/SDHC Memory Card taking its advantage toextend performance.Available in silver and black, the DMC-GX1 offers luxurious comfort in shooting experiencewith a stunning performance and a host of functions, to be a great partner that is always in yoursight, in your mind.* The time for focusing on the subject is measured with LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm /F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S (H-PS14042) to move the lens position to "2m" from "infinity"position. The zoom position is in wide end. Panasonic measurement method** 35mm camera equivalentHigh Image Quality for an Interchangeable Lens System CameraLUMIX G Micro System realizes high-quality photo images with real-to-life details throughexcellent resolution, image rendering and color reproduction; high-grade lens and precision AFachieves high resolution, optimal balance of resolution and noise reduction achieves lifelikeimage rendering and high precision auto exposure and white balance with live light meteringresults in the faithful color reproduction.The 16.0-megapixel Live MOS sensor plays a big role in high quality image rendering. With thededicated circuit which reads out signals with minimum noise, the level of noise is significantlysuppressed by more than 66%. Notably max. ISO 12800 is available with DMC-GX1. Inshooting at high ISO setting, S/N value is improved by approx. 200% compared with theconventional 12.1-megapixel sensor. The sensor performance improves by 6db at ISO 3200 andmax. 9db at ISO 6400, resulting in the dramatically flawless picture without noise.
In addition to the high-speed signal processing with its 3 CPUs, the image processor VenusEngine boasts its excellent performance with an adoption of noise reduction technology for evenhigher quality of image. By separating chromatic noise from luminance noise even moreaccurately by applying the optimal noise reduction to each, you can capture clear and beautifulimages even when shooting at high ISO sensitivity levels. By preventing the color mixture whichtended to occur around the edges, any chromatic noise, not only in the gradation part but also inthe edge part, are described clearly. The engine also provides selective noise reduction to theoutline part to let it have more naturally-balanced curve without deterioration of the resolution.In addition, the spot-type noise which can be often seen in the dark area of the picture taken inlow light situation or color bleeding on high luminance area generated by the chromaticaberration. Details are kept by optimum synthesizing of the data which is processed withresolution-priority for edge part and NR-priority for smooth part of a picture*. The result is apicture with stunning clarity if shot in low-lit situations. Furthermore, optimization of theparameter contributes to the increase of resolution.* In a single shot at ISO3200 or higher. Not available with iA and iA Plus mode
Advanced AF SystemAll cameras of LUMIX G Micro System adopt Contrast AF for its focus system. The Phase-difference AF system is susceptible to mechanical margin of error. However, in Contrast AFsystem, focusing is controlled by the image sensor so that no mechanical margin of error occursto achieve precise focusing. Compared with the Phase difference system AF, the Contrast AFboasts higher accuracy especially in shooting with bright lens with small F value. (e.g. theaccuracy of Contrast AF is approx. 90% while Phase difference AF is approx. 60% at F1.4.)The DMC-GX1 features the approx. 0.09 second of ultra high-speed Light Speed AF* which isachieved by reducing the detection time for focusing by the synchronization of the lens and thesensor at 120 fps. Not only the accuracy but also the speed excels by far than the high-endDSLRs with Phase difference AF with the advanced Contrast AF system in DMC-GX1.The newly added focus mode AFF (AF Flexible) locks on the focus when shutter button is half-pressed, however, if the subject moves, the focusing is reset to get the best results.
Combined with the Touch AF control, setting and focusing at the subject is incredibly easy andquick, never missing the spur-of-the-moment. Taking further advantage of Contrast AF, theDMC-GX1incorporates Full-area focusing which makes it possible to set focus on any point inthe field of view. Frame composition is free and intuitive combining the touch-screen operation.The touch-control system of DMC-GX1 immediately lets users to set focus to the subject by justtouching it on the large, 460,000-dot wide-viewing angle LCD and you can even release theshutter. Once you lock on the subject by a touch, the camera tracks the subject with the AFtracking function even if it moves. Just a touch on the screen lets you select the part and the sizeof AF area with the 1-area AF. The 1-area AF in Face Detection even allows you to set finerfocus on the eyes while capturing human face bright and clear. The Multi-area AF with 23 AFareas allows you to set a group of AF point according to the composition. In addition, PinpointAF function is incorporated in DMC-GX1 allowing more precise focus setting by furtherenlarging the focusing area. It assists, for example, setting focus right on the pupil in an eye.In the MF assist mode, you can enlarge the part by just a touch to select 1x, 4x, 5x or 10x andsmoothly move the part by dragging it on the screen. The 4x enlarged view is displayed on theframing screen making it possible to setting fine focus while composing the whole picture at thesame time. * The time for focusing on the subject is measured with LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S (H-PS14042) to move the lens position to "2m" from"infinity" position. The zoom position is in wide end. Panasonic measurement methodEasy Manual Control with a Variety of Shooting Assist FunctionsDespite its outstanding compactness, the operation on DMC-GX1 is smooth and easy withoptimum layout of control buttons and the mode dial, turn-and-press dial and dedicated functionbuttons. The function the user changes its setting can be assigned to the 2 external buttons and 2menus in the software tab for direct reach. In addition, a total of 4 custom setting patterns can bememorized to the camera (1 on C1 for direct switch and 3 on C2).Now the DMC-GX1 comes with Level Gauge which lets the camera detect thehorizontal/vertical angle of view with its internal level working with the acceleration sensor.Photos shot in a portrait aspect will be automatically displayed vertically whatever lens is used.
The newly incorporated One Push AE adjusts exposure with a single press of Fn (Function)button when it is over/under exposure. It is especially useful in shootin outdoor with openaperture or indoor with fast shutter speed.Zoom operation can be controlled with touch control when the Power Zoom lens of LUMIX GMicro System is attached. Speed of zooming can be adjusted in 2 steps.
Even though the DMC-GX1 pursued the ultimate compactness, Panasonic did not compromise inthe equipment of camera such as built-in flash (GN7.6, ISO160).Finest Tuning in Every Part of the CameraAs a camera from the new premium GX line of LUMIX G Micro System, the external design ofthe camera has been developed with no compromising in every detail. The ergonomicallydesigned grip fits the DMC-GX1s flat profile yet easy to hold. Its tactile feeling offers morecomfort thanks to the casting material resin and elastomer. The mode dial is machined with finesttuning on its pitch of spin, form of plate and shininess. Characters are sharply printed by laser sothat they are easy to see and they last long. The buttons on the back also have style in thecoating, spin, stamp and color.1920 x 1080 Full-HD High Quality Video RecordingLUMIX G Micro System is the camera that records not only high quality photo but also stunningvideo. The AVCHD format features almost twice the recording time in HD quality than theconventional Motion JPEG. A special, dedicated button on the top lets the user instantly startrecording videos while shooting photos without any having to make any extra settings. Now theDMC-GX1 can record high-resolution full-HD videos 1920 x 1080 at 60i (NTSC) / 50i inAVCHD (Sensor output is 30p [NTSC])*. Image recording is more flexible fun with the DMC-GX1. In addition to the practical full-time AF, the Touch AF in video recording also lets usersenjoy professional-like rack focusing. Just by pointing the subject, the focus is shifted to it andlet it stand out to attract attention.The Extra Tele Conversion function virtually extends the zoom range Max.4.8x withoutdeterioration of image quality in smaller resolution.Even video beginners can record excellent video with the DMC-GX1 because the popular iA andiA Plus modes are also available in video recording. Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) helpsprevent handshake when using high-powered zoom. AF Tracking locks on the subject with focuseven it moves. Face Detection automatically detects a face in the frame and adjusts focus,exposure, contrast, and skin complexion on it, so it always turns out beautiful. The Intelligent D-range Control offers natural looking by optimizing the exposure for each part of an image,preventing blocked shadows and blown highlights and helping ensure that gradation and detailsare reproduced beautifully including the blue color of the sky. And Intelligent Scene Selectorautomatically switches between Portrait, Scenery, Close-up and Low Light modes according to
the situation to optimize various parameters for higher visual quality.High quality sound can be recorded with Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator. A Wind Cut function isalso available to block out most of the noise from background wind. The DMC-GX1 can take aphoto while recording video by just pressing a shutter button. Also, photos can be cropped outfrom the video and the unwanted part of the video can be removed with a video divide function.Videos can be recorded in MP4 format to play it back directly on the PC or other portableelectronic devices without a need of conversion.• Full HD (1920 x 1080) videos are output by the image sensor at 30p (NTSC), and recorded at 60i (NTSC). HD (1280 x 720) videos are output by theimage sensor at 30p (NTSC), and recorded at 60p (NTSC).• Motion images can be recorded continuously for up to 29 min 59 sec in European PAL areas.• Continuous recording exceeding 4GB is not possible when recording MP4. Remaining time for continuous recording is displayed on the screen.• Use a card with SD Speed Class with "Class 4" or higher when recording motion pictures• SD Speed Class is the speed standard regarding continuous writing.Outstanding Performance in Power, Speed and Image ProcessingWith further optimization and rationalization in electric design, the DMC-GX1 excels in energyconsumption and features approx. 11%* longer battery life than the DMC-G3 which complieswith the same battery pack DMW-BLD10. The DMC-GX1 is now capable of 4.2 fps consecutiveshooting in 16.0-megapixel full resolution with mechanical shutter. High speed burst shooting at20 fps with electronic shutter is also selectable according to the shooting fast-moving subject andit is possible to select the best shot later**.The Intelligent D-range Control offers even more natural looking by optimizing the exposure foreach part of an image, preventing blocked shadows and blown highlights and helping ensure thatgradation and details are reproduced beautifully including the blue color of the sky.DMC-GX1 compiles the Intelligent Resolution technology to perform the optimum signalprocessing depending on the part of a picture to give a whole image outstandingly naturalclearness with fine details.Cameras of LUMIX G Micro System are equipped with highly efficient Dust Reduction System.If dust or other foreign matter gets inside the camera when youre changing lenses, it could clingto the image sensor and show up as a spot in your photos. The Dust Reduction System in theDMC-GX1 helps eliminate this possibility by placing a supersonic wave filter in front of theLive MOS sensor. Vibrating vertically around 50,000 times per second, the filter repels dust andother particles effectively.The DMC-GX1 is compatible with UHS-I standard for the SDXC/SDHC Memory Card takingits advantage of high-speed data transmission.*Based on a CIPA Standard.** In the high speed burst shooting at 20 fps, the picture size is fixed to S-size in all aspects.Artistic Color Control Functions and iA (Intelligent Auto) Plus ModeThe DMC-GX1 is artistic not only in form, but also in function. It provides an array of featuresthat let users capture precisely true-to-life images and create their own beautifully expressiveimages. The Creative Control offers a variety of color modes; Expressive, Retro, High Key,
Sepia, High Dynamic, Miniature Effect* and newly added Low Key and Toy Effect mode.The Photo Style is another option to look photos more true to your artistic intention. It hasStandard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait presets while enabling finer adjustmentof contrast, sharpness, saturation and noise reduction by each. It is possible to fully customizethose settings to make users own color effect manually in Custom mode.These two modes — Creative Control and Photo Style — let users at any level of skill enjoygiving photographers intention to make the picture even more impressive and fun.The DMC-GX1 has advanced functions that will satisfy experienced photographers, yet is easyenough for beginners of interchangeable lens camera to use comfortably in both photo and videorecording with the iA (Intelligent Auto) Plus. In addition to the popular iA functions – AFTracking, Intelligent D-range Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition andIntelligent ISO Control - , the iA Plus mode lets users adjust defocusing area in the background,exposure compensation and white balance for more flexible control.* Sound will not be recorded with [MINIATURE EFFECT] in Creative Control Mode andapproximately 1/10 of the time period is recorded. (If you record for 10 minutes, the resultingmotion picture recording will be approximately 1 minute long)Enjoy Watching High Quality Photos and Videos on Large HDTV — VIERA LinkNetworking Even in 3DWith Panasonics introduction of an interchangeable lens to make 3D photo shooting possiblewith an interchangeable lens system camera, Panasonic proposes to enjoy high-quality shootingin 3D with DMC-GX1.Both photo and AVCHD video recorded on SD Memory Cards are easy to view on a PanasonicVIERA TV with dynamic HD resolution. The user simply inserts the card into the VIERA ImageViewer (SD Memory Card slot) on a VIERA TV or DIGA Blu-ray Disc Player** to play thecontent. Alternatively, an optional HDMI mini cable can be used to output still and motionimages recorded with the DMC-GX1 directly to the TV for easy VIERA Link operation. Thismakes it possible to take maximum advantage of the cameras playback functions, includingslideshows in which both still and motion images are played sequentially, or calendar displaysand so on.* For a digital interchangeable lens as of September 21, 2010.** AVCHD motion images recorded onto an SD Memory Card or a DVD cannot be played on a device that does not support the AVCHD standard.Rich Options for Further ExpandabilityThe Micro Four Thirds System products are joining todays Four Thirds System products toprovide customers with even higher levels of performance in a digital interchangeable lenscamera. In addition to LUMIX G lenses, the LUMIX DMC-GX1 can use any interchangeablelens that complies with the Four Thirds System standard via an optional Mount Adaptor for theunlimited number of lens properties.The hot shoe on the top lets you attach the optional tilt-shift Live View Finder (DMW-LVF2) ofapprox. 1.4x (approx. 0.7x*), 1,440,000-dot equivalent, 100% field of view.
The LUMIX DMC-GX1 system camera offers a wide variety of options to choose from to matchevery shooting situation and shooting style – External Flashes, PL Filters, ND Filters, MCProtectors, Remote Shutter, Zoom Lever, Battery Pack, AC Adaptor, DC Coupler, Lens Caps,Straps, Cases and Bags.Customer ReviewsMost helpful customer reviews133 of 138 people found the following review helpful.Compared with GF1 and GH2By ParkaI own the GF1 and GH2 so Ill be comparing with those two cameras. I like the rangefinder-likebody but as with using a camera, the photos and image quality comes above all. Thats the reasonwhy I use my GH2 more often than the GF1. But now with the GX1, it seems like Panasonic isfinally able to put GH2 capability into a GF1 body. Thats something Ive been looking for.- BUILTThe GX1 construction is sturdy. Its a metal body and now comes with a new rubber grip that Ilike. You get a firmer hold when using heavier lens.The GX1 is slightly slimmer than GF1. At 272g, its 13g lighter than GF1 and 120g lighter thanGH2. By the way, the LVF2 is 36g.Buttons behind are rearranged a bit. Ive read a few reviews saying the buttons are cheap andmisaligned, but I dont think thats so with my set.The new flash can now be tilted back for a bounce lighting so thats useful. But the flash filmsfilmsy. I seldom use it even with my GF1 so its a small issue.The battery used here is the BMW-BLD10, also used by the GF2. That means now I have threedifferent batteries and chargers with GF1, GX1, and GH2. I seriously think Panasonic shouldrelease new batteries only when they can double the capacity. 2 old batteries are always going tolast longer than whatever new battery. Panasonic, just choose a slim battery and stick with it for10 years.- SPEED (Autofocus and handling)I value speed A LOT.Im glad to say that the autofocus speed is very comparable to GH2, which means its almost
instant.The touchscreen is convenient for autofocus. Choosing focus points is faster with one touch,compared to several button presses on the GF1.Everything seems breezy with the camera. Startup is fast. Moving through menus is fast. Writingto files is alright but thats dependent on the card speed. Class 10 is a good card speed. If youwant really fast writing time, get a SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-1 card.The improved speed makes it fantastic for street photography. See something interesting on thestreet. Power on, hold it to your eye, touch-focus and snap. It all happens very fast, as things onthe street do.- IMAGE QUALITYThe 16mp sensor here is similar to the one on G3. The ISO performance has improved a lot. Onthe GF1, ISO 800 is my no-go zone. On GX1, I can go up to ISO 3200 and not be worried thatnoise becoming the subject of the photo. I think theres about 1-stop plus advantage.Image quality is great in most situation. Colours are pleasing but I still prefer Canon colours.Everyone sees colour differently. Its subtle and you have to compare photos side by side to seethe difference. The colour temperature in the GX1 seems slightly cooler.White balance is still a problem with artificial light sometimes. WB intelligence still has someways to go. Its a small issue that can be easily fixed in post process.Dynamic range has improved slightly I feel. Always shoot raw to get the best possible quality totweak later if you so desire.Overall, the image quality seems comparable to the GH2.- VIDEO QUALITYAll Panasonic micro four thirds cameras have fantastic video quality out of the box. It gets betterwith good lens.Whats improved here is it can record 1080/60i movies now. Its great for those who need it. Inormally shoot 720p on my GF1 and GH2, so Ill still be shooting 720p here. I like the 720p forthe smaller file size which is quicker to upload online.- CONCLUSIONIll rate the camera 5 stars in its class. However, if I include DSLRs for comparison, GX1 wouldprobably be 4 or 4.5 stars. Image quality very good but not stellar, mostly the part on colours.Ive to emphasis again that colours is quite subjective, so maybe its just me.
Its a rather pricey camera (body only). And the new LVF2 goes for USD 299 at recommendedretail price. So the total cost of camera and LVF2 can be higher than GH2 body!Ive always wanted a GH2 quality in GF1 body (and weight). The maximum ISO I reach in mostsituations is ISO1600 and this camera is perfectly capable of handling that, so its a big plus forme.The biggest reason to upgrade from GF1 would be for the improved ISO performance. If youvebeen missing shots because of photos being too noisy, its a worthy upgrade.BUT BUT BUT...if its just the ISO performance, I might recommend, to get your moneysworth, consider a good low light lens to use with the GF1. You can get the Panasonic Leica25mm lens and still have change left! And Ive used the Olympus 12mm lens with GF1 at night,shooting at 1/10s on ISO 400, and gotten a relatively sharp photo.GH2 users have less reason to buy since image quality difference is not drastic. The moreprobable reason would be to get a lighter gear. It is 120g lighter. Its worth considering if youdont mind the missing viewfinder (available for a price). I see myself using the GX1 morebecause of the lighter weight. I dont shoot for critical events, and the GX1 can handle most ofwhat I already do currently with the GH2. So if I start using the GH2 less, Ill be selling it away.Last note. If you check back to reviews on the GF1 when it was first released, youll be able tosee much of the criticism have been addressed.I still wish for that in-built EVF in the GF/X series but I dont think Ill see that from Panasonicin the near future. Well, a LVF2 is better than no alternatives.74 of 81 people found the following review helpful.first m43 and very satisfiedBy WayneA conversation with a friend on Sonys Nex 7 started my journey into a full week research onthese new mirrorless compact interchangeable lens cameras. My choices went from the SonyNex 7, Samsung NX200, Olympus EP3, Olympus EPL3, Pentax Q, Fuji X100 (lens notinterchangeable), Nikon J1 and the V1.Im looking for a pocketable camera that can take good pictures. I can sacrifice a few things if itmeans Im more likely to carry the darn thing with me. The m43 fits the bill with their smallerlens. To counter the previous reviews, the build quality on the GX1 is excellent. I purchased thecamera from my local Samys where I got to hold and play with the Olympus, Nikon andPanasonic cameras. From the bunch, the Panasonic felt the best. It has enough weight to feellegitimate in the hands. The hand grip is just right for this size of a camera. The mode dial is firmand not likely to shift when maneuvering in and out of my jacket pocket. It has customize-abledial settings C1 and C2 as common with the latest Panasonic cameras. It has programmable softkeys (in the touch screen) within quick reach. The menu system is nicely laid out and quick. TheQ-menu, short for quick menu, is also customizable. I arranged mines to give me instant accessto various settings for raw, metering, etc. This is a nifty feature and seen in other Panasonic
cameras. Its clear that Panasonic pays a lot of attention to this aspect of the usability experience.You can pick it up and navigate through the menu very easily without a manual. Another coolfeature is live manual focus mode. In automatic focus mode, you can adjust the manual focusring and the body will automatically switch to that mode while zooming into the focus area soyou can set your focus. Really cool for this body. The touchscreen is very good and with thefirmware update its excellent. Keep in mind these are your resistive type screens for usabilityreason as opposed to capacitive screens found in your cellphones. This prevents you fromaccidentally pressing soft buttons on the screen as you manipulate the camera.The auto focus is extremely fast hooked up to a Panasonic 20mm in my test shots at alternatingdistances (from close to far). Shot to shot is very quick but not as quick as quick as you wouldfind in a full body dslr (as noticed when compared to my Pentax K20D), but still impresses myfriends. Now, there is a jog dial for aperature, shutter, and EV settings thats context sensitive. Inmanual mode the dial operates aperature and a quick press will get it to shutter. Likewise, inaperture mode, a press of the dial will allow you to instantly adjust EV. The dial feels great. GX1has a metal lens mount. In fact, most of the body is metal which sets it apart from the G3. It doeshave the touchscreen shutter release allowing you to snap away from just touching points on thescreen to set the focus area just like the EP3.Theres quite a bit of fanboyism between the Olympus and Panasonic sides of the m43 house.The general feeling I get is Panasonic folks just happy with their gear with the Olympus sidepressing the issue of whats a better system. Whats often overlooked from the point and shootmigrators as opposed to coming in from the dslr side is that "you are buying into a system".Right now, Panasonic makes the better lens of both brands in image and physical quality of thelenses as noted by the price differences. The Panasonic 20mm is considered a must have. The 7-14mm, 45mm and others are among the best lenses. Whats overlooked in comparisons is thatyou will not get the in body chromatic abberation corrections using an olympus body with apanasonic lens. The lens you will keep for a long time while you upgrade your bodies in theyears to come. If youre using a wide range of older tele lens WITHOUT a tripod you might dobetter with an Olympus, but Im not sure there are many people hand holding a camera with atele lens. On the other hand, the Panasonics sensor is a stop or two faster due to the new sensorwhich gives it some shake resistance.Then theres the question of picking the gx1 or g3. The G3 is a great camera and you shoulddefinitely consider it. Its feature packed with an evf and a full flip out screen (as opposed tosimply articulating). Specs of these two side by side are available online. Theres a fewdifferences in performance and obviously build quality as the gx1 is mostly metal. If youredoing a lot of video then the gh2, and sony nex series are your candidates. The quality of the gh2videos are already well noted and has been compared with the canon 5d mark II, especially withsome hacked firmware.Coming from the K20D and did my share of research for several weeks before purchasing thiscamera. As a result I went through several reviews, blogs and forums. You maybe in the sameboat comparing the Olympus EP3 and the GX1 and you really ought to hold onto both camerasto see what feels right for you. I want to address a peculiar review on stevehuffs blog where heputs these cameras head to head in natural mode with no adjustment to compare jpgs (as
Olympus is noted for their jpeg processor). A more useful review would have been to take bothcameras and adjust the settings for what seems optimally pleasing to the reviewer. Otherwise,whats the point of having settings? This is akin to taking a hdtv out of the box and watching it asis compared to calibrating it, even if by eyeball. A little rant on how uninformative some of thereview sites maybe.In regards to the lack of an electronic view finder. You can purchase this separately if you need itso the issue is added cost. Just factor it in and consider it the ability for you to decrease the formfactor without it. A non issue for some and others not so.Also, theres a new firmware out and you should definitely upgrade. The Auto White Balance ismuch improved for indoor shots. I love the gx1. Its beautiful and you cant go wrong with eithercolors (satin, black). When I play with the gx1 after playing with my dslr the gx1 feels justfantastic to hold.In the next year or so, I hope to see gorilla glass used by all camera makers for their dslrs andcompacts to prevent scratching and damage. Another note, keep an eye on the Samsungcompacts. The NX200 is a thing of beauty from the pictures and the system sports a goodselection of lenses. I just didnt get the chance to handle one.67 of 74 people found the following review helpful.Not quite a Contax G2, but an excellent cameraBy S. KasapiI normally dont post reviews, but Ive been surprised at how few reviews of this camera there areon Amazon. Some of the negative reviews have also been a bit bizarre, IMHO, so I wanted toshare my opinion with other photo enthusiasts. Specifically, Im writing to people who loved (orstill love) the discontinued Contax G2.My gold standard for a mirrorless (ie. rangefinder) camera is the Contax G2, which is a filmcamera. It stopped production when Contax died some time ago, but it still has a cult-likefollowing. Some called it the poor mans Leica, but its really an excellent camera. Themechanics were mostly very solid (the viewfinder housing was flimsy), the focus was confidentand fast, and it had a suite of outstanding lenses. It was easy to hold, durable, and very pretty. Itook a lot of photos with my G2 that Im very fold of. Then I sold it because I got tired ofscanning film.Ive been hoping someone would come up with a digital camera like the G2. Maybe Leica has,but I could never justify spending thousands of dollars for a basic body. Forget about the pricesof Leica lenses... To give you context, Ive been using a Nikon D700 with primarily the 24-70f2.8 (excellent image machine but big - too big a lot of the time), the Panasonic LX5 (a greatcamera, small and very capable, but a far cry from the G2 when it comes to handling and imagequality), and my iPhone (the iPhone 4S is pretty good if you dont force it to embarrass itself).Panasonics GF1 seemed like a nice camera, but I never was terribly impressed by the images Isaw from it. As my lawyer used to say, nice try but no cigar. The GF2 and GF3 are fine cameras,Im sure, but they werent heading in the direction of the G2, so I passed.
I ordered the GX1 on a whim, prepared to return it if I didnt get much use out of it. After usingthe GX1 for 4 weeks, Ive decided to keep it. Its the closest Ive come to the G2 at a reasonablecost. The body is well-balanced, easy to hold, and pretty. The controls are familiar, probablybecause Im used to the LX5. Its very responsive and well-built. Ive mostly been using the20mm f1.7 and the 14-45mm Panasonic lenses. Its hard to compare to images from the G2because there are so many ways to manipulate images in post-processing, but with practice Impretty sure the GX1 isnt going to limit me any more than the G2 did.Two things I think should be made clear:1) If you like rangefinders, you should get the add-on viewfinder. Just consider it part of the basecost of the camera.2) Theres no dedicated focus button. The only way to initiate focus, as far as I can tell, is withthe shutter release. Thats a problem if you prefer to fix focus on auto as I do. You can manuallyfocus, of course, but thats a pain.Be aware of these two issues.Im not able to compare the GX1 to the plethora of other MILC cameras out there since I haventtried them to the same extent. Having spent some quality time with the GX1, though, I think thiscamera is a good platform. Ill be sticking with it for a few years. Theres a cost in time andenergy learning a new platform, so I dont relish switching.As I said, I dont normally write reviews, but I think theres a small group like me that just wantsa small, pleasant, reliable photographic platform to build on.I think the GX1 is that platform for those of us who miss the G2.For Fellini fans, its 8-1/2 of the G2 :-)See all 96 customer reviews...My Associates Store | Shopping Cart Browse by CategoryPatio Furniture SetsCamera & Photo Similar Items
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