New Lumix DMC-G1s are smallest cameras with interchangeable lenses

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Panasonic’s recently announced line of Lumix DMC-G1 cameras promises to be the smallest camera yet with support for interchangeable lenses.

It’s an intriguing little camera, somewhere between a DSLR (which it ain’t) and a point-and-shoot. The camera itself packs 12.1 MegaPixels, a high-res viewfinder, a fast autofocus and a focal-plane shutter. It will come with a Limix G Vario Vario 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S lens, with a zoom lens and an adapter capable of fitting any Four Thirds lens you might already own sold separately.

They’re certainly attractive little cameras with their red, black and blue chassises. I’m intrigued: I’ve been considering making the foray into the realm of DSLR, and the Lumix DMC-G1s look like a decent segue from the point-and-shoot world I know into perfectly focused pastures beyond.

Still, I’d be paying a hefty price for that slow immersion: at $800, the Lumix DMC-G1 is a few hundred dollars more than some entry level DSLR options.

Lumix DMC-G1: World’s Smallest Camera With Interchangeable Lenses Priced at $800 [Gizmodo]

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6 Responses to New Lumix DMC-G1s are smallest cameras with interchangeable lenses

  1. Dayv says:

    I’m very interested in this camera, myself.  The one thing I’m really looking forward to hearing about is shutter lag…  If they can bring the lag down to near DSLR performance, I will absolutely be selling my DSLR (which I don’t use nearly enough) for this more portable option.

  2. rulobarulo says:

    Damn! Do you actually get paid for writing this completely useless set of words? Do you realize you say absolutely nothing about the camera? It´s really the people who comment who are doing your job. There is no analysis, no scoop, no news, no value whatsoever. Stop stealing information from other blogs and do some actual research yourself. I can go into gizmodo myself, thank you.

  3. dculberson says:

    I’ve got a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1 and have been very happy with it. It’s, as you say, a nice segue between point-and-shoot and DSLR’s. But it does not have interchangeable lenses and was only about $270. I would probably pick up a Digital Rebel XTi or Nikon D40 long before spending $800 on the DMC-G1.

    I know from experience that the low-light sensitivity of the Rebel is far, far superior to the DMC-FZ1. It’s also a tad bit faster in response time. It is bigger and heavier, though. The DMC-FZ1 is surprisingly light for it’s size. The Leica 12x optically stabilized zoom lens is excellent, but the sensor size is just too small for good low light performance. I have no need for a wider angle or higher zoom lens regularly, but would love to be able to take indoor shots without flash with low noise.

    How’s your D30 for that use?

  4. nprnncbl says:

    Take a look at the wikipedia article on image sensor format, which gives the size of several common sensors, and explains that SNR (signal-to-noise ratio) varies with sqrt(area). The DMC-FZ1 uses a 1/3.2″ (15 mm^2) sensor, while the Canon you mention has a 329 mm^2 sensor, so the Canon should have ~4.7x the SNR of the DMC-FZ1. The G1 uses the 4/3 sensor, with an area of 225 mm^2, so expect the Canon to have SNR roughly 1.2x that of the G1.

    In other words, the sensor size places the G1 more in the ballpark of the DSLRs than the DMC-FZ1.

    There does seem to be a flaw in the design, though: because the shutter is open with the power off, the sensor is exposed when changing the lens. My suggestion to the makers if they’re reading this: modify the firmware to have a lens-changing mode which provides power to the shutter to close it and protect the sensor.

  5. Patrick Austin says:

    A “foray into the realm of DSLR” should start with the least expensive body produced by a manufacturer with the best combination of lenses and bodies for you. Once you start buying lenses, you’re pretty well committed to a manufacturer, and frankly, the range of lenses and semi-pro bodies for this (admittedly handy and adorable) system is nowhere near what it is for Nikon or Canon.

    Small size is nice, but frankly, once you’re really into photography, you’ll have so much crap in your camera bag that saving a couple pounds isn’t the most important thing.

    Plus, that tiny sensor really limits your options for messing with depth of field, etc.

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