(UPDATED) New GF1 and E-P1 reviews and tests!

Panasonic GF1 on street review …..ohhh! what kind of language is that? Thai! :)


First GF1 unboxing images http://www.jacobheftmann.com/news/archives/8878


Imaging resource just posted some Panasonic GF1 image samples (with ISO comparisons).

And they also finished their E-P1 review: “It’s clear from the image analysis of our test shots that the Olympus E-P1 has more to its appeal than good looks and a fine form...”


Panasonic Lumix GF1 – studio test photos can be seen at fotopolis.pl


zone-10.com reviews the E-P1


Mark (the owner of which43.com) posted many GF1 versus E-P1 comparisons.

For example take a look at the shutter noise comparison (first set of noises is the GF1, second is the E-P1)

He says “the GF1 is slightly louder and I find the noise more intrusive.You can download the mp3 audio at http://which43.com/?attachment_id=87

Autofocus test are available here (part one) and here (part two)

Good job Mark! ;)

Panasonic GF1: first user experiences

Many people is talking about the new Panasonic GF1 and we thought we should summarize you the most interesting forum threads:

1) Japanese are getting the Panasonic GF1 as first and here we have some first GF1 images: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1041&thread=33148117 and here: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1041&thread=33155455

2) Here you have a picture of the GF1 with Leica lenses: http://www.flickr.com/photos/philou95/3952449825/ Generally you can find many pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/search/?ss=2&w=all&q=GF1&m=text#page=0

3) First US people is receiving their GF1 directly from Panasonic. Amazon is also starting their shipments. The waiting list is long so many have to wait days or weeks to get the GF1.

4) We havn’t got any info from Europe. I still havn’t heard of any european who got the GF1. Strange that Amazon Germany has not even listed the GF1!
Amazon UK says the GF1 will “usually dispatched within 2 to 5 weeks“. It also says that the Panasonic DMW-LVF1E External Live Viewfinder for Lumix GF1 is due to be released on September 30, 2009. So in UK you can get the Viewfinder before the camera :)

amazon France gives no shipment information (“À paraître – Commandez-le dès aujourd’hui!“)

Panasonic GF1 + 20mm f/1.7 lens to be delivered on December only (says Adorama)

Adoama will ship the Panasonic GF1 + 20mm lens combo on December:
Panasonic Gf1 Preorder now!
For the Panasonic GF1 + 14-54mm lens delivery is expected to start October 2009
Panasonic Gf1 Preorder now!

Amazon US will ship the Panasonic GF1 with 14-45mm Lens on September 24


The most lucky people (like always) are the japanese. They are beginning to post their first GF1 pictures. An example? http://ganref.jp/magazines/index/1/0/330


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Chasseur d’images review the GF1 (on paper)


Image of a GF1 Leatherette Skin from http://aki-asahi.com/

Found a summary of the review on dpreview :

The last issue of Chasseur d’images (October 2009, number 317) contains a review of the new GF1 they only had a beta firmware on it and definitive measures are still waited; but here is a sum up of what they already wrote about it :

Resolution at low iso : very slightly less than the (but the E-P1 was slightly surpassing the GH1 and the D90, two winners of the category), GF1 is slightly superior to the G1. So, indeed, very good.

Noise at higher iso (measured with standard Noise reduction on). It seems to be somewhat better than the E-P1, but at the cost of loosing more details, especially after 1600 iso. Chasseur d’images seems to put the GF1 above the E-P1, at least for 400 and 800 iso.

AF : they weren’t yet able to test, because they only had a beta version of the firmware. But from handling it is good, somewhat like the G1-GH1.

Viewfinder : the real surprise is what they write about the EVF. They aren’t in awe. Here is what they say in the conclusion :

The viewfinder is the real problem of the GF1. The DSLRs users are accustomed to aim with a viewfinder stuck against their eye and will be concerned by an lcd display. A “true viewfinder” is much more effective in bright sun.

Comment : that first paragraph is exactly the same they wrote for the E-P1 but then, they add :

The EVF could be a solution, but it is cumbersome and of a very “middle of the road” quality : the viewfinder on the G1 & GH1 is much better.

Here is the problem : the GF1 is designed for aiming with the lcd. Either you accept this constraint (which is that of every compact camera) and everything is fine, or you don’t accept it and the body looses 90% of its interest.

Final verdict : Compacts with large sensors are developping, but still rare : this specialized body comes with important limitations of handling. In its category, the GF1 is very satisfying and would earn five stars (it was the same for the Olympus E-P1). But one should also consider it like any other body and compare it with the rest of the market’s offering, then four stars are deserved.

And here is what they say concerning the external viewfinder earlier in the review :

An external EVF is available (the DMW-LVF1). You slide it in the flash hotshoe and an integrated connector allows the exchange of all informations. The display module is a very ordinary model (202.000 pixels). The use of the G1/GH1 HD module was causing technical problems it seems (and also probably costing a lot). Under these conditions, the EVF doesn’t appear very interesting. IF you are interested in an EVF, you should rather look for a Lumix G1 : a much less expansive body offering a much better viewfinder.

(translated by myself, trying to stay as near of the original text published in Chasseur d’images as I could, but provided without warranty, given my English knowledges)