Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Micro Four Thirds camera review @ Engadget

 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Micro Four Thirds camera review @ Engadget

Before we go on to the main dish, here's a reader commentary on the same Engadget page:

"Why does everyone simply forget panasonic G3? It has the same sensor as GX1, marginally bigger body but with EVF builtin, an extremely handy tilted screen with touch focus and same resolution as gx1. It's basically the same or even better than GX1!!

Most importantly, it's $599 including Kit 14-42 lense!!! If you want evf for gx1, then it's $1200. G3 achieve these in half the price!"

 

While this comment gets the street price wrong, the fact remains that for a few extra buttons, a "retro" styling, a bell and half a whistle, but MINUS the viewfinder (a good extra 250 bucks for the GX1) and the tiltable screen, a buyer must pay a premium of 150-300 EuroAmerican monetary units.. Good times for the manufacturers i guess. On to the review:

 

"Speaking of those lenses, the GX1 doesn't ship with one at that $700 sticker price. Instead, you can purchase either the new Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Power OIS lens for $400, or a Lumix G 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Mega OIS optic wish a $200 list price (or you can opt for a kit that includes the X lens for $950). Both lenses offer a 28-84mm 35mm equivalent focal length, but the former (and pricier) version includes electric-powered zoom functionality, enabling smoother zooming during video capture and an overall (much) more compact design. We tried out the GX1 paired with the new X-series lens, which performed very well during our week-long test period, offering excellent focus speeds and smooth zoom. Advanced photographers may not be so keen on the lack of manual zoom and focus ring control, but the size tradeoff is worthwhile for most.

Continuing the tour, the majority of the GX1's backside is occupied by a 460k-dot 3-inch LCD. Unlike the GF1, this successor's display includes touch functionality, though you certainly don't need to use it -- he touchscreen interface enables you to zoom, touch-to-focus and even fire the shutter without using physical controls, though dedicated buttons are available as well (with the notable exception of touch-to-focus). The display is acceptably sharp and responsive, and there's a nifty level gauge on screen to help ensure the correct horizontal and vertical position. There's also an on-screen histogram option, which you can position anywhere you'd like just by tapping and dragging it on the screen. The LCD occasionally displayed the image preview with incorrect color balance, though the captured image was typically accurate, even when it didn't match the preview."

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