The G1 is the world’s first camera to employ the new Micro Four Thirds System standard. 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. Despite the G1’s ultra-compact design, it comes fully equipped with features that assure outstanding ease of use, made possible by the contrast AF system. The G1 also boasts iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, a feature that took the world by storm in Lumix digital compact cameras. iA mode brings together a full range of functions – led by AF Tracking , Face Detection, Intelligent ISO Control and Intelligent Exposure – that together let users take strikingly beautiful photos with maximum ease every time they shoot. The G1 breaks new ground in styling too, overturning SLR camera conventions by giving users a variety of body colors to choose from. For people who have been hesitant about moving up to an SLR camera, the G1 is a perfect fit. It is a small, sophisticated, easy-to-use camera that will greatly expand any user’s photographic capabilities.
For those who do not know, the Panasonic G1, the first (of hopefully many) cameras to the new micro 4 / 3 format. What is so interesting about it? All SLR cameras using mirrors, prisms and optical viewfinder so the photographer can see what his / her subjects “through the lens.” SLR is still the de facto standard for professional photographers the most because the majority find the whole concept of the viewfinder is so interesting. Micro 4 / 3 leaves with mirrors and prisms, and replace the optical viewfinder of the SLR camera with an electronic viewfinder. This enables the camera with the standards that will be much smaller (and wide-angle lens port is designed to be smaller as well) to perform. To check real …
The EVF on the G1 is the first I have seen, that can be used remotely have. Although not as good as the OVF in my 5D, it is much better than the OVF my old 350D. The first view through the EVF impress anyone who does not use full-frame camera before. Although there was no visible (especially when moving the camera around … with a delay of 10 seconds maybe), the fact that in the VF live histogram can be found in the lag is really valuable. Even better, VF can increase profits from the screen in dark environments, so that you can actually see what you shoot (do not get rough, but it’s better than seeing nothing at all). Finally, if you are involved in manual focus, automatic from behind the subject in the EVF allow for manual focus perfectly every time! Without doubt this is the best cameras with interchangeable lenses on the market if you are interested in manual focus.
Articulating LCD is another design option, the spot-on! Why do not other manufacturers, in the “view of life” really useful, are caught without articulated LCD? Change is on the LCD EVF as simple as you put your eye near the viewfinder. There is a sensor that determines when it is used. LCDs do not have the super-resolution of the new 5DMKII or D700, but has twice the resolution of my older 5D.
So it is a pocket camera? No way. However, no bigger than a bigger state (with its kit lens), the super-zoom cameras Point & Shoot. I bought it because I know that my 5D (with 24-70 f/2.8) to leave home more often than not, because I do not want to find to carry so much weight. G1 in comparison, is a joy to hold and carry. For me the right size. Any smaller and the control will be small unusable. All larger and the camera begins to resemble a small DSLR. Side note: The kit lens are seen to be believed … It’s so small. Even the 45-200 lens (90-400) is not greater than the kit lens for APS-C or FF cameras (especially compared with the terrible 100-400 lens, which makes the canon).
Noise is reasonable. I’m not going to pass through ISO1250 to print with the G1. ISO1600 and 3200 more than the Web can view (as shown most of my photos). I’ve never really understood how ISO6400 printed form required for each camera suddenly … how many people actually scored a lot of pictures anyway? Downsizing to the size of Facebook would or Picasaweb, I imagine that the images G1 ISO6400 more than enough.
What I do not like is the lack of large aperture lenses for the format. You can buy adapters to standard 4 / 3 lenses, but 4 / 3 lenses are older tend to be larger than that of their future colleagues micro43 (and AF do not work with a lot of them) to use. There are also adapters for Leica M-mount (I’ve tried to convince my fiance believes that the Leica lens is a better investment than the stock market right now … but I do not think he buys). The depth of field for micro43 been greater because of the smaller sensor so that it will be difficult issues in an isolation photos to get large aperture prime lens was available.
I’m really excited about the future of this format. Panasonic has promised someone in the first half of this year (with video functions G1) G1HD. In addition, three new lenses were announced: a 7 / 14 f / 4, 14-140, and best of all the 20 mm f/1.7 Pancake! Olympus also micro43 concept camera that looks no bigger than a small Point & Shoot presented. Exciting future! click here for Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 price comparisons