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PanasonicLumix DMC-GM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-32mm Lens (Silver)
 
4.6

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Pros

  • Good image quality (20)
  • Compact (19)
  • Easy to use (17)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (16)
  • Image stabilization (12)

Cons

  • Short battery life (11)
  • No viewfinder (8)
  • Limited zoom (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel (20)
  • Landscape/scenery (17)
  • Family photos (16)
  • Low light (7)
  • Video (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (13), Semi-pro photographer (4), Casual photographer (3)
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I like it, I love it...

It has been a long time since I looked for a "video photo pen". A device which knows how to get to the point without sacrificing to the quality of the...Read complete review

It has been a long time since I looked for a "video photo pen". A device which knows how to get to the point without sacrificing to the quality of the image. Just a "presses button". A device where the effects would be just as a "cherry on a cake". For one year, most of our professional realizations are filmed with the Panasonic DMC-GH3. Whether it is for commercial, legal, marriage, fiction, etc.. The Panasonic is a marvel. It is just damage which Panasonic France does not assure as regards the collaboration with the professionals. Panasonic France does not like the small independent directors. How to bring the DMC-GH3 on holidays ? In week-end ? I want something compact and performing. A device with fix focal one . There is the RX1 of Sony, but it is very expensive. For me.In September, Panasonic announces the DMC-GM1. I tear. It is magnificent. Simple. Basic. Compact. Only the lens bothers me. I do not like zooms for a private use. It is without mattering, I shall replace the lens by the Panasonic 14 mm f2.5 or the Olympus 17 mm f/1.7 f/1.7.Today, the DMC-GM1 is in my hands. It is almost too small. Nevertheless, I have no big hands. The menu is similar to that of the other Panasonic. Clear and immediately available. We are far from the "labyrinthine system" of Olympus and Fuji.An element begins to bother me. It is impossible to place a quick release plate for photo or video tripod with another lens than the Panasonic 12-32 mm or 14 mm. With the Olympus 17 mm, it is limit. With the Panasonic 20 mm or 12-35 f / 2.8, you should not dream. It is impossible. Direction La Grand Bibliothèque de Paris behind my home.It is cold. Paris is grey. The recording is going to change that of these dear Americans where their images are always full of sun and blue sky. Panasonic DMC-GM1 holds perfectly well in the pocket of my coat. It is even feels at ease.Right out, it becomes different. To hold a metallic object is not very pleasant. I would have to buy these famous gloves for photographer. I am surprised by the reactivity of the DMC-GM1. It is immediate. Faster than the DMC-GH3. The touch-sensitive screen is reactive too. Even too much. Take care where you put fingers. Too low on the screen, you modify the white balance without being careful. It happened to me. The screen glorifies the images but without betraying them really. What you see is what you will get …Return at home. The editing is also simple as for the DMC-GH3. The audio dubbing is essential. The audio recording is mediocre. Including with the wind filter. To use only indoor.Now it just needs a nice case to carry the DMC-GM1. Enjoy your Panasonic.Cheers.

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Panasonic DMC-GM1 Camera

This camera is most valuable because of it's small size. Easy to travel with, simple to use and takes relatively decent photos. It serves it's purpose for quick snapshots but I would not...Read complete review

This camera is most valuable because of it's small size. Easy to travel with, simple to use and takes relatively decent photos. It serves it's purpose for quick snapshots but I would not use it for any photos I planned to enlarge to any degree. It does not replace or mimic a DLSR for serious photography.

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5.0

The BEST tiny interchangeable m43 camera

By kiwijinxter

from New Zealand

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good lcd
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • No Viewfinder
  • Poor Image Stabilization
  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Video

Comments about Lumix DMC-GM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-32mm Lens (Silver):

I have had a pretty good set of Canon DSLR set of lenses and basic body for about 5 years. Moving up from point and shoot cameras has made a dramatic difference in what I expect from my camera. However carrying heavy lenses have been my main point of contention around DSLR cameras.

I have always planned to eventually move to the "smaller" sizes of the micro four thirds but every time I looked the m43 camera bodies isn't much smaller than my DSLR.

Enter the Panasonic GM1. This camera is as small as most point and shoot cameras but it's sensor size is much larger (ie you get much better quality pictures) and sports the same sensor size as well regarded m43 cameras like the Olympus OMD EM1 and the Panasonic GX7.

The Panasonic GM1 has more features than a serious amateur will need. The usual PASM modes of operation. I mainly use S mode for speed of capture in good light and A mode for selective focus or during low light shooting. I prefer to use either buttons or the touch screen rather than the ring dial which is painful to use because you often accidentally press the very soft ring dial and selecting options you don't intend to use while rotating it. There's even a built in flash which I hardly use because I have some good low light lenses. Note that if you do use the flash, using longer lenses like the Panasonic 14-140mm or even (shock horror) the Panasonic 100-300mm will cast a shadow at your subjects due to the shadow of the long lenses! With good (prime) lenses you will find your photos really sharp and with nice bokehs when required. Generally the photos I've taken were just as good as those taken with my previous Canon dslr.

If (or should I say 'when' :-) because you will!) you start to experiment with superb lenses like manual lenses such as the Voigtlander 17.5mm f/0.95 the GM1 has "focus peaking" which helps you focus better with the lcd screen using special coloured outlines.

Some people complain about the lack of a viewfinder. Having come from using viewfinders all this while in my dslr, I found no problems adjusting to using the lcd screen of the GM1. I found the lcd screen very usable even in some strong sunlight so no problems there. I am willing to sacrifice the viewfinder for the tiny size of the GM1. I don't care that it doesn't have a viewfinder but I care for size! An interchangeable lens camera the size of the GM1 is certainly a technological marvel!

Other than the tiny size and excellent picture quality, of course you need some good (ie prime or single range focus) lenses. My preference is around the 15 to 17mm (Panasonic or Olympus lenses work here) prime lens range for general purpose and a 45mm (Olympus has a good inexpensive one) for close up portraits. I have both the Panasonic 15mm and Olympus 45mm and find them sufficient for most cases of general use. That said I also have the Voigtlander 17.5mm which takes the pictures out of this world! You just got to get used to the fact that the lens is at least 3 times+ heavier and larger than the body and holding the lens rather than the camera! Just note that there is no in body stabilisation in the GM1 so when using Olympus lenses (which don't come with stabilisation in their lenses) you need to be quite steady or use a speed of 1/100 or faster. Not a major issue in good light.

Oh and the video. Just press the dedicated button with the red dot and you're happily recording away! The video quality is excellent especially with a good lens (the Voigtlander lens is EXCELLENT for videos due to click less aperture adjustments).

When I travel I always look around and see people carrying these big dslr cameras that look so heavy and cumbersome and I am so grateful my GM1 and lenses are so light and small!

Overall this is an EXCELLENT camera if you wish to downgrade the size and weight of your dslr kit WITHOUT sacrificing your photo and video quality. And with the micro four thirds system you have the widest range of lenses to choose from in any compact interchangeable lens cameras as Panasonic and Olympus makes some superb lenses, with other good brands like Voigtlander joining the fray.

Jump in. You will have no regrets.

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4.0

Great little camera

By Elisabeth

from Seattle

About Me Casual Photographer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about Lumix DMC-GM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-32mm Lens (Silver):

    I wanted a small, light camera to take on hikes with me. This camera is *perfect* for that. Takes great landscape photos with the 12-32mm kit lens, and the 14-140mm works great for all situations.

    The only thing I don't like about the 14-140mm is in closeup mode, the LCD is too small for me to see properly, so I have a hard time getting the right focus. I miss the view finder for closeups.

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    4.0

    A good little camera

    By Marten

    from Sweden

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about Lumix DMC-GM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-32mm Lens (Silver):

    A smal camera that is fast and takes great pictures. I have not had time to look at all the settings, it works great in full auto as a point and shoot.
    A hot-shoe and a mic-jack and the camera would be perfect.

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    5.0

    Small camera with excellent performance

    By HKGA

    from Norway

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Limited Zoom
    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Travel

    Comments about Lumix DMC-GM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-32mm Lens (Silver):

    I have been using a Lumix GH2 for a few years, but wanted to have something more portable. The GM1 specs certainly made me interested, and having had the camera for a few weeks now I can say it ticks off most of what I expected and some more! This camera delivers way beyond the small form factor, and has completely replaced the GH2 for my needs. I am more than happy with the photo performance, and additionally video performance seems very qualified as well - an important aspect for me.

    Greatest surprise was the excellent performance in low light, with extremely quick and accurate autofocus in most conceivable settings - a big step up compared to the GH2 I have used earlier.

    Highly recommended for photo amateurs with aspirations :-)

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    5.0

    Extraordinary Gem

    By Sabatia

    from North New Hampshire and Northern Newfld.

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Short Lag Time
    • Small / Compact
    • Very light

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bikinghikingskiing
      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Lumix DMC-GM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-32mm Lens (Silver):

      This little jewel is my 8th digital interchangable lens camera, starting with 20D-7D Canons and G3/G5/GX7/EM1 Panas and Oly. This is the digital camera I've been waiting for, very much in the vein of Galen Rowell's Contax 35-70 mini. The image quality from my hiking/biking/skiing S95 and LX7 just wasn't good enough for publication, large prints or crops or other manipulations. I was wary about the GM1 after reading a negative review in Luminious Landscape regarding fiddly operations, but as a backpacker, biker, and skiier I really wanted something small and light with outstanding image quality. Now I have been simply amazed at how much fun this camera is, and while a bit fiddly at first, after a few days it was second nature, particularly after I added a perfect Richard Franiec grip. It is sort of like having a superb sensor to attach to my numerous great lenses. I love putting my 12-35 2.8, 14, 20, 45macro, 45-150 and even 35-100 2.8 on it. I'm also very impressed with the included 12-32 lens, which though relatively slow, is very sharp and very light--it is my adventuring lens.

      The best thing about it, other than the rather amazing size and weight, is the image quality. Pixel peeping and making prints on my ipf5100 professional 17" printer, I cannot tell the images from this camera from my EM1 or GX7--and I am an experienced semi-professional photographer. I started printing exhibition sized digital images around 12 years ago from scans and then my 8mg Canon 20D, so I have considerable real world experience. 17"x22" prints from the GM1 are nearly indistinguishable from those printed from my 7D and indistinguishable from my GX7 and EM1 files. I don't do much video, so I can't comment on that.

      I do miss having an evf and more manual controls, but for the weight saving it is absolutely worth it. There's simply nothing else like it at this weight and size in the photography world for image quality and ability to use a range of the superlative m4/3s lenses.

      I've just been climbing around the alpine zone on the Northeast's highest mountains, capturing the scenery and the masses of wildflowers--The GM1 has been a real joy to have in my daypack and backpack.

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      5.0

      DSLR Quality?

      By Uncle Earl

      from Saratoga, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Arcane Adjustments

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Lumix DMC-GM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-32mm Lens (Orange):

      The enthusiast compacts have been pretty spectacular in getting very good image quality at base iso's and plenty good enough small prints at higher iso, but have just a bit too much noise for gallery prints for my taste. Their optics and portability have amazed me. The LX5 and Nikon P7000 have been my go-to's for pocketable travel photos. But, as most note, you don't get large clean prints at any iso from these - too much loss of detail. The GM1 changes all that. First, the optics are spectacular. Yes, f/3.5 is a bit slow and you won't get much focus separation at the portrait focal length at f/5.6, but talk about sharp and clear - wow! And, nice bokeh too. Then the nearly optimum sensor size with a 3.75 micron pixal pitch. Very clean prints are manageable up to iso 400 and higher iso's produce yield great people prints up to 6400. Because of the excellent kit lens, the GM1 puts out basically the same image quality as my Sony A77 or my Nikon D5200, abeit at a somewhat smaller print size - 16X21.3 versus 18X27.

      The price of the small size is the elimination of convenient buttons for making common adjustments (I'm not a touch screen fan). Like iso, focus modes, etc. If you're not in a hurry, these are small penalties to deal with.

      While I may not get additional lenses to make up a DSLR replacement kit, the full wide to portrait lengths on the kit lens satisfy 90% of my needs.

      The attached photos show off the color dynamic range for the most difficult color - saturated red. Note the nice bokeh. The second one is a crop if the full image representing less than a tenth of the frame. If it shows up in the posting, you might see the spiderweb in the upper left of the cropped image.

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      5.0

      Compact & extremely light weight

      By George

      from Bellingham WA

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Lumix DMC-GM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-32mm Lens (Silver):

        I wanted a real camera for street photography especially when I'm traveling - something that produced high quality images but didn't attract attention. The GM-1 seems to be giving me what I wanted. I am very happy with the quality of the images. I'm particularly impressed quality of the Lumix lens specially designed for this camera. With the amount of technology packed on board it is vey compact. It will blend in nicely with all the point-&-shoots out there. I'll be shooting mostly RAW but its nice to have available JPEG options for HDR, night photos, sunsets, etc. At times I would like to have a little longer reach on the telephoto.

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        5.0

        Big camera in a tiny package

        By Ken Doo Photography

        from Carmel, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about Lumix DMC-GM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-32mm Lens (Silver):

          I bought this camera as a replacement for my aging GF1 as a "photographer's point & shoot." This little gem of a camera does not disappoint. The micro 4/3 format offers excellent image quality in the GM1's dimunitive package. Great take-a-long camera with interchangeable lenses. The specifications for this camera are small, but not until it is in hand do you realize how tiny it is. Pop-up flash is rather dainty and this is the most fragile part of the camera. Take care in activating and putting the flash back into its hub.

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          5.0

          (Almost) Perfect Travel Camera

          By Bill

          from Warm Springs, VA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Lumix DMC-GM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-32mm Lens (Orange):

          Bought this camera for traveling and it is pretty much as expected – small, light, and excellent picture quality. The 12-32 mm kit lens is very good. The downsides to such a small camera are small and touchy control dials, short battery life, and the lack of a viewfinder. Just back from a trip to SW France and carried the GM1, the 45-150 tele and 8 mm fisheye in a Domke F-5XA small shoulder bag with room to spare. This is a great travel camera and can accept the larger lenses without complaint. Highly recommended.

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          5.0

          Smaller than in the pictures

          By babbit

          from Torrance, CA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Poor Flash

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Lumix DMC-GM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-32mm Lens (Silver):

          Yes, the pictures already show this camera to be really small, yet you will most likely still be surprised at the size when you hold it in person...unless the largest camera you've ever seen is a point and shoot. Besides the size, AF is fast and image quality up to ISO3200 seem useable.

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          5.0

          Just what i needed

          By PC

          from Pittsburgh, PA

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Lumix DMC-GM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-32mm Lens (Silver):

          Small form factor
          Variety of available lenses

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          3.0

          Panasonic DMC-GM1 Camera

          By Chas

          from Metro New York

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder
          • Poor Flash

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Lumix DMC-GM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-32mm Lens (Orange):

          This camera is most valuable because of it's small size. Easy to travel with, simple to use and takes relatively decent photos. It serves it's purpose for quick snapshots but I would not use it for any photos I planned to enlarge to any degree. It does not replace or mimic a DLSR for serious photography.

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          5.0

          Wonder tiny lovely camera with quality

          By Lin

          from Newton, MA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Lumix DMC-GM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-32mm Lens (Silver):

            As usual, Panasonic's camera always provides good product with quality. This time, the image quality is the same the the flag ship: gx7. Even better movie. Beautiful figure, professional built quality. everything is wonderful if you want a tiny camera in your pocket.

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            5.0

            Love it

            By Sophie

            from Brooklyn

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Everyday
            • Family Photos
            • Fun
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Street Photography
            • Travel

            Comments about Lumix DMC-GM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-32mm Lens (Silver):

            super small, super easy to use, I carry it all the time & its taking great photos

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            4.0

            Small Form - Quality Image

            By MN Photog

            from MN

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Short Lag Time

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Lumix DMC-GM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-32mm Lens (Orange):

            This is my toss-in-the-bag travel camera. Very good image quality, reliable auto-focus. The 12-32 kit lens performs extremely well, though slow - all the goodness of M43 is a tiny package. It's jacket, not pants, pocketable though it may get close with a pancake lens.

            Battery life isn't that great compared to my DSLR's, but I think that's par for a an LCD based viewfinder.

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            5.0

            huge features in a tiny package

            By Kim

            from Ontario, Canada

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Manual Video Control
            • Nice Body Color
            • Remote Control Via Phone
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom
            • No Hot Shoe For External
            • No hot shoe for flash
            • No Viewfinder

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Lumix DMC-GM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-32mm Lens (Silver):

            Small enough to carry in a purse or coat pocket. Excellent stabilization for low light shots of food or the street. Crisp lens with 24mm wide to 84mm portrait range built in. Beautiful body with nicely applied rubbery grip where it matters. Amazing video capability with on screen control while recording.

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            5.0

            Awesome

            By TP

            from Chicago

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Nice Body Color

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

              Comments about Lumix DMC-GM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-32mm Lens (Orange):

              Great to operate from the phone or the camera. Fun.

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              5.0

              Point & Shoot with Interchangeable Lense

              By majorjkg

              from Knoxville, TN

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good in Low Light
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder
              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Lumix DMC-GM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-32mm Lens (Silver):

              Camera body same size as my Panasonic LX7 but with large sensor and interchangeable lenses. Works great with the smaller Olympus micro 4/3 lenses. Only one downside other than no electronic viewfinder. While exposures as short as 1/16000 sec (1/500 sec mechanical) are available, the electronic first curtain shutter takes a minimum of 1/100 sec to complete an exposure. (Remember, the focal plane shutter exposure duration is not determined by how fast the curtains travel but by the time gap between the start of the first curtain and the start of the second curtain.) As a result, electronic shutter curtains, which with current technology, travel slower than spring loaded mechanical curtains, are more susceptible to rolling shutter artifacts. That is, the whole frame may "lean" during fast panning or a fast moving object in the frame may exhibit distortion that I refer to as leaning. But, with current technology, that is the price to be paid for such a tiny camera with such amazing features. One other major plus for the GM1 is that any "shutter shock" effects (which apparently are exhibited all other micro four-thirds cameras to varying degrees when using a mechanical shutter) caused by a relatively large, spring loaded, high speed mechanical shutter are apparently eliminated. The GM1 first curtain is exclusively electronic and the mechanical second curtain is driven by stepping motors--not springs--to enable it to match the speed of the electronic first curtain. (Don't want the mechanical second curtain ending the exposure prematurely!)

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              5.0

              Great little camera !!

              By Pete

              from Iowa city

              Comments about Lumix DMC-GM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-32mm Lens (Silver):

              This camera is small........very small. It takes awhile to get used to the size. I have a nikon d700 and d7000 which can be tiring to carry for long periods of time. The gm1 fits in my jacket pocket. The IQ is exceptional....AF very good. I also got the pana 20 1.7 which is on the camera most of the time. Love this camera!!

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              5.0

              What a little jewel this camera is!

              By Gonzalo

              from Thailand

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Lag / Shutter Delay
              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Lumix DMC-GM1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-32mm Lens (Silver):

              To put things concisely: no, don't expect this camera to outperform the highest models in the technical aspects of photography (though lets see who can beat its 1/16000 shutter speed for once). But what it offers is something that not many others (if any) does: an uncompromised image quality at a diminutive size, with all the benefits that that implies, such as having the camera with you at all times without even noticing it, as it fits any small handbag or big pocket. Having the ability to carry it wherever you go to get such a good image quality for most purposes far outweighs the sacrifices made to achieve this level of portability, in my opinion.[*]

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