Panasonic GF1 Lens Mega-Review.

I just received this video from one of our readers. He made an amazing job by testing some very interesting lens! He also wrote me following text:

Here is a video review of “most” of the lenses I currently own with the Panasonic DMC-GF1. I included all of the lenses that are reasonable to shoot with inside of a house. It has stills and videos of each lens and with each lens.

I also included MJPEG and AVCHD-lite samples and some samples using a video light on the GF1’s hot shoe.

Here is a synopsis of the review.

1. The legacy MF lenses are awesome for capturing low light videos. However, they are all very soft at full wide open aperture with the exception of the Nikon 50mm pancake. They tend to sharpen up between F2.0 and F2.8.

2. The m4/3s 14-45mm and 20mm produce very sharp pictures and videos. However, the 14-45mm videos get very dark at anything but F3.5. Therefore, it is only barely usable for video at full telephoto 14mm and wide open.

3. The video light really helps all of the lenses in low light. However, you can not use it to video a subject that can see. It will blind the subject even on the low setting.

4. The 50mm Nikon Pancake is by far and away the best bang for your buck. At $21 for the lens and less than $40 for the adapter it is an amazing deal. The 20mm + 50mm pancakes my an awesome combination.

5. AVC-HD lite is excellent for well lit scenes. However, the quality of the AVC-HD lite videos decreases drastically as ISO is increased. It struggles with compressing the noise because the noisy pixels are constantly changing. In these situations MJPEG might be a better choice if you are willing to tolerate a little more visible noise.

6. The S3-IS(Last Clip) produced surprisingly sharp video results considering it was only SD video. However, it had a tremendous amount of noise that detracts from the video quality greatly. It still was an excellent video camera when you consider how old it is.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 tested at!

In our tests in the Pop Photo Lab, the GF1 outresolved the E-P1 and essentially tied it in color accuracy, but yielded more noise at higher ISOs. The GF1 just barely stayed out of Unacceptable range at ISO 800, while the E-P1 scored better than that at ISO 1600.

Direct shop links to the Panasonic GF1: Amazon US / Adorama / BHphoto / Amazon DE / Amazon UK / Amazon France / Pixmania Österreich / Pixmania Deutschland / Pixmania España / Pixmania France / Pixmania UK / Pixmania Italia/ Pixmania Holland / Pixmania Belgium / Pixmania Poland

UPDATED with two more image -> First Samsung NX-10 versus Panasonic GF1 noise comparison!

We found the first image comparison between the Samsung NX-10 and Panasonic GF1!

UPDATE: New image comparison is available. This time in english and the NX-10 uses the 30mm pancake lens and Pansonic the and the GF1 the 20mm lens: From 100 to 800 Iso comparison and the 1600 to 3200 Iso comparison


At High-Iso the Samsung NX images do look cleaner as the GF1 images. The GF1 has more detail.


Digital Camera Review: Low Light Photo and Video (with Panasonic GF1)

A 43rumors reader sent me the video and following text:
Here is a simple video explaining some techniques I use to shoot low light video. I am not an expert in this area but I wanted to share some things that help me because so many people have problems taking good low light pictures and videos.

Almost all of the videos and pictures were taken with the . The lenses and cameras I used for each scene are listed below.
Video of the Enzo 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 Panny Kit zoom lens
Video of the Cat on the couch Sigma 30mm F1.4 Nikon mount MF lens
Video in the Garage doing auto focus 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 Panny Kit zoom lens
Video of the girl playing in the snow Olympus 50mm F1.4 MF lens
Boy Indoor rock climbing Panasonic 20mm F1.7 Pancake lens
Aperture adjustment Panasonic DMC-ZS3
NHL hockey game Canon 35-70mm F2.8-4.0 MF Legacy lens
Shamu at Sea World 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 Panny Kit zoom lens