Panasonic G1 Micro Four Thirds camera reviewed (Verdict: Amazing, but wait to buy)

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Pogue really likes the Panasonic G1, the first camera to use the Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens system. And then he cautions not to buy it: “A monumental advantage of an S.L.R. is interchangeable lenses, and there are only two for the G1 so far.” “Not to be an ingrate, but the G1 is not actually that small.” And it can’t do video.

It’s worth a read, though, to hear all the tech that Panasonic has crammed into this camera. The format itself, odd duck in between point-and-shoots and proper DSLRs, may end up being a worthwhile addition to the ol’ camera frop bog after all.

Pro Quality Without Reflex Lens [NYTimes.com]

PreviouslyNew Lumix DMC-G1s are smallest cameras with interchangeable lenses

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4 Responses to Panasonic G1 Micro Four Thirds camera reviewed (Verdict: Amazing, but wait to buy)

  1. kukkurovaca says:

    Hmm. Micro Four Thirds is interesting, but as the article suggests, Olympus’s prototype seems way more interesting than this Panasonic model.

    Also, they refer to the sensor as “full size,” which is true only if you also consider the regular four thirds sensors to be “full size.” In fact, they’re half-sized (like the half-frame film cameras of yore), making Nikon’s and Canon’s crop-factor DSLRs look expansive by comparison. This gets really frustrating if you want to utilize shallow DOF for subject isolation, which is one of the cardinal benefits of moving up to a DSLR from a point and shoot.

    I think most users looking for a step up in quality would be better served by picking up something like a Nikon D40.

    But if Olympus were to make a really nice Micro Four Thirds camera and put a coupled rangefinder in it, I’d say “Look out, Leica.” That would be the street photography camera of the future…

  2. Clifton says:

    Mmmm, frop.

  3. C0nt1nu1ty says:

    A with the last comment i have reservations about this system.
    The 4/3 system does push lens mechanics in some absurd directions (just look at the old pancake wide angle lenses) and would severely struggle to take on a fisheye.
    4/3 lenses will have issues with lens quality, as the lens will have to produce the same image quliaty on a smaller piece of glass the overall glass quality would have to be a lot better to keep up. Put simply a stock cannon/nikon/pentax/sony lens would run rings around the G1s stock lens.
    There is also the issues with noise (electrical distortions appearing on pictures) as cramming the same number of pixels into a smaller space will increase distortion.

    So much as the decreased size is an advantage it may outweigh the benefits for users gunning specifically for image quality

  4. Anonymous says:

    My big reservation is that the current lenses for the system are horrible: F3.5 and F4.0. That’s worse than in my Canon pocket digital camera (S400), and forget about my Canon DSLR with the delicious F1.8 50mm lens.

    If they released some decent lenses it could take off. They’ll need to at least match the typical F2.8 of a pocket camera though.

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