Spike uses a Panasonic GX1 body with the lens on this review, and it sure helps him explore the dark underworld of the Pattaya naughty industry scene:
"The lens is sharp at F1.8 and sharpens up more as you stop down. Personally, I like to shoot wide open whenever possible, to encourage bokehliciousness (maybe not a word). So what are the negatives? Cost is an obvious one, but having used the lens I think it is a bargain. I have paid more than twice the price for Canon L lenses which can’t match the 75mm for IQ (or convenience, or light gathering). The only thing I would say is that the focus speed on this lens can be lacking occasionally. Take a series of photos at a similar distance from the subject and the 75mm is as fast as anything else out there; but . . . read more
The Lens was tested with Panasonic GX1 and Olympus E-M5 bodies.
"The cons list above may seem a bit nitpicky to some. Especially the last point, so let me explain. The image quality of this lens is outstanding, and the lens is a worthy addition to the Micro 4/3 lineup. However, compared with the newest 70-200mm lenses from Canon and Nikon, it’s not quite going to match those stellar optics. Instead, I’d say it’s on the level of something like the original Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. So, very, very good, but not flawless. Considering it’s $1,000 less than those new Canon and Nikon lenses, though, I can forgive this. Still, it’s a pricey lens at $1,499, and will really only cater to those who know they need an f/2.8 telephoto zoom in this range. . . . read more
"Comparing the RAW files of the GX1 and my D7000, I had a difficult time noticing any differences between highlights and shadows produced by each. Regarding the Automatic White Balance setting, the GX1 photos seemed to skew slightly toward the magenta side, while the D7000 photos had a hue more toward the yellowish end of the color spectrum. After looking at files produced by each for some time, I could easily determine which photo was taken by each camera by examining the . . . read more
"One of the highlights of the movie mode though is its ability to record very long clips, at least for models unconstrained by European tax regulations. Frustratingly those GX1s destined for Europe will be limited to 29:59 clips, but others will enjoy clips lasting just over two hours with a fully-charged battery and empty 16GB card. Indeed I used the GX1 to record entire school events
and found the long uninterrupted recordings coupled with the tap refocusing made for a killer combination. . . . read more
The ultimate judge of all them cameras has its verdict ready on the GX1, and even though it is not a death sentence, it's not lenient either.
When the Gf1 its predecessor originally entered the market back in 2009 it pretty much had the playing field al by it self. Now, Sony has the NEX range lined-up with 2 formidable cameras, the current Olympus offerings have also smartened up quite a bit, not to mention the imminent release of the OM-D, a camera that has stirred up very strong feelings in the micro four thirds community;and elsewhere. . . . read more
"The lens that our unit had, and one many will opt for, is a new compact 14-42mm F/3.5-5.6 with both power zoom and power focus. It’s very compact when the camera is off, but a front element protrudes about an inch when it’s powered on. The on/off process is fairly quick, so it’s no trouble to turn it off when you need the camera to be more portable, though I personally would prefer a nice pancake prime to minimize size. As a . . . read more
These "short & sharp" reviews are pretty amazing, they reallt live up to their name:
"A short, sharp review of the GX1, Panasonic's mirrorless system camera for the discerning enthusiast. Tested alongside the Sony NEX-5N to see which one comes out on top. View at 1080p to see sample shots at 1:1 pixel ratio." . . . read more
The GX1 is a sturdy shooter with flexible controls. This is no point-and-shoot camera: It fills up your hands like an old rangefinder. Are you a DSLR snob who loves buttons? It has lots of buttons. ISO, drive, AF mode, and white balance are neatly mapped to the four directional buttons on . . . read more
"As is common with many digital cameras these days, the GX1 allows you to choose from a set of predefined processing styles. In keeping with other recent Lumix G-series releases the GX1 offers a choice of: Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait and Custom. We . . . read more
"Both cameras offer high image quality, quick shooting, good value for money and access to the ever increasing Micro Four Thirds lens range, as well as numerous third party lenses and adapters, making either camera a great choice. The features available with each and what is right for . . . read more
"The Panasonic Lumix GX1 is designed to satisfy the needs of advanced photographers and those wanting a premium compact camera with higher resolution sensor and high quality video. The camera looks great with the new compact 14-42mm X lens that compacts to the size of a . . . read more
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!!
Hands-on video review of the Panasonic Lumix GX1 video review
"One thing I did find with the 5D Mark II is that if you are modifying a colour image to black and white in post, don’t just reduce saturation on all channels. You need to handle the red channel separately and actually I had to resort to Photoshop for the above frame and change the influence . . . read more
Stuff-Review has made a nice little chart that pits the newcomer against the almost established crowd. That's all pretty theoretical though, since 3 of the 4 cameras are practically not available in the majority of the western world:
"We were impressed by how fast the GX1 was able to acquire and lock focus on static and moving subjects--with our hit rates also increasing thanks to its AF tracking capabilities.
This is DigitalRevTV video review. FTA:
"The Panasonic GF series has taken an interesting change of direction ever since the brilliant GF1 was first announced. With the GF2 and GF3 losing admirers of the range thanks to them losing key features. But now the GX1 is here and it's promising to be the successor to the GF1. Is it any good though?" . . . read more
Vying for the same space as the Sony NEX7 is tough, really tough, but this is the one possible challenger: . . . read more
From the review: "
Aimed at advanced enthusiasts, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 is designed to fill the void left by the acclaimed Lumix DMC-GF1, which sported a level of manual functionality that photographers missed with the subsequent launches of replacements; the Lumix GF2 and Lumix GF3. Could the flagship model of Panasonic's brand . . . read more
FTA: "My sole complaint about the interface is that some of the buttons are flush with the body and hard not only to feel, but to press. This includes the movie record button, which provides little tactile feedback and the Q Menu button, which is simply too important to be so hard to feel. The silver buttons are also etched, rather than labeled, and it's nearly impossible to see the etching in dim light without tilting the camera toward a light source. . . . read more
"Unsurprisingly, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 does indeed produce photos that are on a par with those we created with the G3. Images display a very good level of sharpness, while the GX1′s 16MP sensor is capable of resolving plenty of fine detail. Noise is also well controlled, with clean shots being produced throughout much of the camera’s sensitivity range. . . . read more
From the preview: "Launched back in 2009, the GF1 was, ironically, Panasonic's attempt to court compact-camera owners looking to upgrade, with what was then billed as, 'the world's smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera'. Instead, the GF1's high quality Raw output and classic rangefinder aesthetic gained a strong and passionate following in the enthusiast . . . read more
FTA: "In recent years we've seen manufacturers back off from the megapixel race for the sake of image quality, and now we're seeing Panasonic back off from the race toward miniaturization. Since the Sony NEX-5, we've seen successively smaller designs like the Olympus E-PM1 and Panasonic's own GF2 and GF3 that moved away from the rangefinder ethos of the GF1 for the sake of fitting into the silhouette of the NEX-5. These smaller cameras worked quite well for the Japanese domestic . . . read more
"Barney Sykes: I think the entry products like the GF3 are helping to grow the market, whereas products like the G3 are starting to eat away at SLR type cameras. I don’t think SLR can offer that compact style of body at the moment so that’s one of the ways in which that market can grow. Products like the G3, GH2, and G2 will probably take away some sales from . . . read more