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Panasonic Lumix G1 review
Dennis Hissink : December 11th 2008 - 22:50 CET
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PanasonicPanasonic Lumix G1 digital system camera review : Panasonic surprised the whole world with the introduction of the world's first digital camera based on the new Micro FourThirds System. Meaning; a DSLR camera without a mirror. And since this is not possible for a DSLR, it should therefore be considered a system camera. From a technical viewpoint, it is a system that tickles the imagination while it becomes possible to develop extremely compact cameras that still offer the possibility of exchangeable lenses. And in addition, these lenses can also be kept smaller.

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Panasonic Lumix G1 review - Camera body
The first thing that strikes you when taking the LUMIX G1 in your hand is the nice rubber-like 'skin' as coating for the camera. This coating is fairly unique and offers a pleasant grip. It is soft and sticky at the same time, thus offering a good grip on the camera. The design of the Panasonic G1 is quite similar to that of a digital SLR camera, however, it also resembles an advanced compact camera. The 14-45 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens is extremely compact and looks almost like a miniature, also because of its compact diameter. It's astonishing to see that Panasonic has achieved a zoom lens this compact, including the MEGA O.I.S. image stabilizer of Panasonic.

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Panasonic G1 test - High resolution electronic viewfinder
The Micro FourThirds system builds a bridge between the traditional compact camera and the DSLR. This means; the compact camera user is used to working with the LCD monitor mostly, whilst the DSLR photographer generally uses the optical viewfinder standard. The optical viewfinder has disappeared from the Panasonic G1 and has been replaced by a high resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF). In the Custom menu, the camera can be set to auto detection for when the eye approaches the viewfinder. The EVF offers sharp reproduction and extensive information about camera settings. The quality is one of the best, if not the best I have ever experienced.

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Panasonic Lumix G1 review including a DIWA Labs test
We worked with the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G1 for a while. Even before the Photokina, we were lucky enough to be able to take the camera out on a day trip, however, at the time this was just a pre-production model. Meanwhile, the Panasonic G1 has become available worldwide in the colours red, blue and black. Our findings can be read in the following Panasonic Lumix G1 review.
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