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

(based on 47 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (28)
  • Compact (27)
  • Easy to use (24)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (23)
  • Image stabilization (18)

Cons

  • Short battery life (13)
  • No viewfinder (11)
  • Limited zoom (4)
  • Poor flash (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (28)
  • Landscape/scenery (22)
  • Family photos (21)
  • Low light (13)
  • Video (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (18), Casual photographer (5), Pro photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (35), Yes (4)

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DSLR Quality?

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...Read complete review

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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Image App does not work with Android 2.2

The GM1 owner's manual on the Panasonic website says that with Image App, a smartphone with Android version 2.2 can operate the camera. The Image App actually requires Andriod version 3.3.3 or higher. ...Read complete review

The GM1 owner's manual on the Panasonic website says that with Image App, a smartphone with Android version 2.2 can operate the camera. The Image App actually requires Andriod version 3.3.3 or higher. A chat with Panasonic got nowhere, with no intention of updating the manual on the website. My phone will not work with the camera.

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5.0

A Great Tiny POV Video Camera

By Room 312

from Durham, NC

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Image Quality
  • Good in Low Light
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Video

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

    We purchased this as a "wear-able" video camera to deliver high quality images in low light. Using the kit lens and some fast C-mount lenses designed for one-inch TV cameras we have not been disappointed. The MFT mount allows all our cinema lenses to be adapted if weight and wear-ability are not issues. The 24Mbs AVCHD quality is very nearly that of the SI 2K Mini but for a tiny fraction of the cost. With the kit lens it only twice the weight of a GoPro but with low light capability, the ability to fit real lenses, and far better image processing. Battery life is short but remember this is a camera designed to be small so everything is scaled accordingly.

    Oh, and it also takes nice stills...

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    5.0

    Good quality. Light weight.

    By Andrew

    from California

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

    Very happy with purchase.

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    5.0

    I would buy this product again and again

    By casey

    from NY

    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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel

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

      Very good camera!

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Good Things Come in Small Packages

      By Momentie

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

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

      I wanted a small partner camera for when carrying my DSLR was impractical. The GM1 fits the bill perfectly, it is small, takes great photos and has the flexibility of interchangeable lenses.

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      1.0

      Image App does not work with Android 2.2

      By Hasty

      from Minneapolis, MN

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

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        Cons

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

            The GM1 owner's manual on the Panasonic website says that with Image App, a smartphone with Android version 2.2 can operate the camera. The Image App actually requires Andriod version 3.3.3 or higher. A chat with Panasonic got nowhere, with no intention of updating the manual on the website. My phone will not work with the camera.

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            4.0

            Mini and Mighty

            By Hawck

            from Florida

            About Me Pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

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

              As a social documentary/street photographer, I love the small size...and it is very small. It's much less intimidating to subjects than a honker DSLR of similar quality. This looks like a point and shoot, but is not. Not at all. I love handing it to die hard photogs lugging their 10 lb Canon rig and see their reaction to the images as they pop up on the screen. I just look at them and say, "Yeah. I know." I switch to M4/3's a few years back with the Lumix GF1 and use my Leica f1.4 25mm asph lens most often, which takes the GM1 into very low light situations with ease. I've been able to adapt to no EVF even on bright sunshiny days in Florida. I recently used the GM1 to cover a charity bike ride using a 45-150 zoom, and was able to get great shots of riders in action. I've been very pleased with image quality and speed. The kit lens does a fine job and is very compact. Buy a filter because the face of the lens is very far forward and you will touch it by accident...constantly. The touch screen focus takes some adapting, and the jury is still out for me. I find that I disable it frequently for lock and compose framing that I'm more accustomed to...all the way back to my film days. Great thing is that you don't have to use the touch screen focusing if you don't like it. Menu customization is easy to set up. The battery life sucks, but they are the size of a piece of chocolate. Easy enough to have a couple in your pocket as back ups. My two biggest complaints: 1) Setting the aperture/shutter priority with the rear dial. Its very easy to click on submenus while twisting. I see that the GM5 had gone back to a separate dial for this. 2) When you are in the preview screen the trash button on the touchscreen is easy to bump while you scroll through images. Freaks me out when this happens.

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              5.0

              Great Small Camera!

              By Paul

              from Capital Region, NY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Travel

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

                Sold off my 5Dm2 and several lenses because it was just too cumbersome to carry so didn't get used enough. Went to the other end of the spectrum and got this camera for its' small size and portability. After several months of ownership I have used it much more than my DSLR would have been used. Mission accomplished!Naturally this is a totally different experience from the Canon. PQ is very good for such a small camera. Rather than compare it to the Canon the more important comparison is to my iPhone. Even a small camera isn't worth having if the pictures aren't better than a cell phone camera. PQ and control are indeed much better than my phone so, again, a success.A big deciding factor to get the Panasonic was the kit lens. It is truly amazing and really makes the camera effective without spending a lot of money on different lenses while maintaining its' small size.The only downside so far is that, with a lot of controls and small size, it takes considerable dexterity and practice to get things set up properly and make changes on the fly.Great camera!

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                5.0

                Quality images, very small camera!

                By Capt. Bob

                from Norfolk, Va.

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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
                • Nice Body Color
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                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):

                The main reason I recommend this camera is its quality images. I enlarged to an 8x10 a picture I took of an iris in my wife's garden. The photo is so sharp that one can see the veins in the petals of the flower. The second reason I recommend the Panasonic GM-1 is its size. This camera is really small but its build quality and image quality are both very high. Although I buy a new camera fairly often, I have a feeling I will be sticking with this one for quite a while. I have found only one small problem with this camera: the control dial is so close to the body that I find it is difficult to turn without pushing it, causing an action I was not trying to accomplish. I feel that as I use the camera I will get used to this tiny problem and be less heavy handed. And, as with all small cameras, battery life is somewhat short, but that's the price one pays for a very small camera that is smaller than some point and shoots yet takes pictures like a DSLR. So carry an extra battery and you are good to go!While I have purchased a Panasonic H-FS045200 telephoto lens, I have not had enough time to try it in many situations. However, I am pleased with the results to date. I must add that the lens is a lot bigger than the camera and does not look like it belongs on the GM-1, but it is not difficult to use, fits well in your hand, and the images have been just as quality as the original H-FS12032 lens that came with the camera.(I own a Fujifilm X-20 which is an excellent camera, however, it has a fixed lens and is only 28-112 mm and is somewhat larger and heavier. I feel someone considering a GM-1 should give the X-20 or X30 a look because they are all three quality units).

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                5.0

                Just LOVE this camera

                By Annie Roonie

                from Sedona, AZ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Nice Body Color
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • No Viewfinder
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

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

                I use this camera in Sedona- where the Red Rocks ROCK!! Sunset is perfect for photo shooting here. This camera brings everything to life in a BIG way. Attention to detail is a fabulous feature of this camera. Went to a "Day of the Dead" event and the photos taken with my new Lumix GM1 were spectacular! Now awaiting the 140mm lens to get those UP close and personal shots:)Love this camera and love B&H service. I would never buy a camera from any other company but B&H.Thank you for all of your help- I hit a home run with this purchase:)Gail

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                4.0

                Cute and stylish, but a serious camera

                By Joe

                from Richmond, TX

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • Short Lag Time
                • 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 (Silver):

                My wife wanted this camera because she liked how it looks. That was the initial attraction, at least, and it was compact...about the same size--not counting the lens--as her long deceased compact P&S (void filled by her iPhone since then).I was leery of the high cost for "cute", but the specs and features indicated that this was a real (as opposed to fake?) camera. I don't know if the wife will ever leave Auto mode, but all levels of control are there if she wants it.I appreciate that there is 4/3 sensor crammed in this tiny thing. When I use it, I miss having a viewfinder (wife couldn't care less), but the touchscreen functionality is nice. Ergonomics are a little off for me...just not much to hold on to. The trade-off is that we always have this camera with us in my wife's purse, even when my bigger camera is sitting at home in the closet.

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                5.0

                Excellent prosumer - amazing lowlight

                By Michael

                from Santa Cruz

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                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

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  I love this camera, with its compact look, it feels like a secret pro-DSLR grade camera that keeps people comfortable with its inconspicuous consumer-snap look. I've wrapped it in an old-timey camera case, so I can bang it around on hikes and long city walks without wearing me down. Couple of notes:1) Of course battery life is a little shorter than the consumer snaps - it's powering a massive sensor equivalent to a professional DSLR. I just carry extra batteries for heavy travel days when I expect over 300 pictures. 2) Amazing low-light - I don't shoot with flash at all anymore. Coupled with a nice Joby stand, this handles anything.3) Incredible sequence, burst, HDR, timer, and other features driven from the touchscreen. I like to keep the (reprogrammable) hardware buttons in familiar modes, but the new automations are just a touch away in the main menu. 4) The screen is very responsive, no longer the slow and fat-fingered interaction from other brands. Just make sure if you hand the camera to someone else to use, they don't mistakenly change settings while they handle the camera. 5) Who knew I would use the Wifi option? Turns out to be great to transfer pictures to my smartphone running a hotspot, so I can share the images while still in the field. For a week's worth of downloads, though, the USB connection or simply plugging the card into the computer is still faster. 6) Did not think this would be able to handle the new 128GB SD formats - but no problem! Super fast writes and movies, just choose the ultra version of these large cards. Even after days of shooting in burst mode, "available space = 9999+ pictures" ... love it!

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                  5.0

                  Awesome pocketable M43 camera

                  By Jpza43

                  from New Jersey

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

                  I work in marketing building content for social media and use my iphone as my camera. I recently wanted to upgrade the look of the photos and video so I invested in the GM1. I'm a novice photographer and believe this to be the best option for me to transition into better photos with the option of switching out lenses for any situation. Speaking of lenses the 12-32 is a great compact lens. I purchased an extra battery and B&H provided a memory card. The service from B&H is terrific, It shipped expedited, so I got it next day. Can't wait to master the camera.

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                  5.0

                  The BEST tiny interchangeable m43 camera

                  By kiwijinxter

                  from New Zealand

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  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

                    Verified Buyer

                    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

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    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

                    Verified Reviewer

                    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

                      Verified Buyer

                      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

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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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