Panasonic Lumix GF1

Panasonic Lumix GF1

Panasonic finally release the sister camera of Olympus’ EP-1. The GF1 has a couple of features the EP-1 doesn’t have:

  • Faster autofocus and AF subject tracking
  • Higher resolution screen (twice as many dots)
  • Built in flash
  • Optional Viewfinder

All of which (well … maybe except the screen, I don’t care about the resolution) are exactly the gripes I have with the EP-1. Now this camera has become my primarily choice of a DMD camera.

AF System

As a DMD camera AF speed is going to be critical, for-the-moment street shots don’t allow photographers lots of time to focus. Most of the time you don’t even have time to bring the camera to your eye, and have to shoot by the hip. AF system is critical in this situation.

Built-in flash

As a party / clubbing camera, flash is a must in those “dungeons”. Even as a street camera or carry-everywhere one. A bit of fill flash from time to time will improve the shot a lot. Olympus says it is impossible to put a flash in that body, Pany proved it otherwise.

Optional Electronic Viewfinder

Throughout the whole history of digital compact camera, I have never adjusted to shoot using just the rear LCD screen. So an EVF is a must for me. The optical VF for the EP-1 is just a poor substitute to a true through-the-lens viewfinder. So thank you Panasonic for making one.


~ by Clarence on September 3, 2009.

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