If like me you’ve been waiting for some full reviews of the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1, you can stop bitting your nails and finally exhale. The folks over at Hardware Zone have just posted a 7 page review of this shiny new toy. They also include a comparison with the Olympus E-P1, which should be of interest to many. Enjoy.
by Alvin Soon
It’s been more than a year since the Micro Four Thirds standard was announced, promising DSLR-like quality images in smaller than DSLR bodies. With four of these cameras in the market, including the new Panasonic Lumix GF1 we’re reviewing today, has the standard delivered? To answer this question, it helps to look back at how the Micro Four Thirds has progressed.
First in the Market – Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1
Panasonic took the lead in introducing the first Micro Four Thirds cameras with the G1 in late 2008 and then quickly followed it up with the GH1 update in early 2009. While noticeably smaller than an entry level APS-C sensor based DSLR, the G1 was not much smaller than an Olympus Four Thirds system DSLR, the E-420 (touted as the world’s smallest DSLR during its March 2008 release). The GF1 had essentially the same body as the G1, but added HD video recording, and was the world’s first interchangeable lens camera that could auto-focus while shooting