UPDATED -> Lot of stuff back in Stock (or quite) in amazon US + price drop on the GH1!

Amazon US has finally some Panasonic stuff in Stock with the normal price!

UPDATE: Now the GF1+14-45mm is not in Stock anymore!

– You can have the Panasonic DMC-GH1 12MP Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Camera with 1080p HD Video for $1,449.98! That’s -50$!
Panasonic GF1 camera with 14-45mm Lens (In Stock on November 4)
Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Pancake Lens (only one in Stock!)
Panasonic DMW-LVF1 External Live Viewfinder for Panasonic GF1 camera (Three In Stock)

Amazon DE:

– Zwei Lumix 1,7/20mm Asph. auf Lager für 360 Euro!
Panasonic GF1 und Olympus E-P1beide auf Lager

Amazon UK:

Panasonic GF1 and Olympus E-P1 in Stock.

Amazon France:

Panasonic GF1 and Olympus E-P1 en Stock.

Pixmania Europe still has almost every GF1 combination in Stock! You will only miss the red version. Single lenses are not available

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Trustedreviews tests the Panasonic GH1.

I found interesting what they wrote about the video implementation in digital stills camera: “My second point about hybrid video/stills cameras is that they’re never going to work satisfactorily. If you look at the way the ergonomics of the typical video camcorder has evolved, the body is designed to rest on the flat palm of the right hand with the forearm vertical, a grip that is well suited to panning the camera smoothly in the horizontal plane, and all the main shooting controls are accessible with the minimum of hand movement, so that you don’t cause camera shake when filming. By contrast a digital SLR is designed to be held in both hands, gripped tight into the chest for maximum stability when shooting stills. The controls are not designed with stability or shake reduction in mind, because they don’t have to be. My point is that the body shape and control layout of a typical DSLR is fundamentally unsuited to hand-held video shooting, and I really don’t believe that any sort of successful hybrid is even possible using current camera forms.

Anyway they really liked the image quality.

You can read the whole review here: http://www.trustedreviews.com/digital-cameras/review/2009/10/17/Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH1/p1

Focus Numerique posts a G1/GH1/GF1/E-P1 ISO comparison table!

Visit the Focus Numerique website to see the ISO comparison table. The website is written in french but you don’t really need to know the language. Just look the pictures!


For those who do not speak french here you have the google translation in english:

After some tests with a non-permanent housing, we invite you to explore new photos taken in the classic conditions of our tests. GF1 The Panasonic does not offer several levels of noise reduction and we just played with the correction of brightness to see its influence on the management of electronic noise at high sensitivities. As usual, you can view images in full definition by clicking on the thumbnails and download the raw file format (RW2).

The Panasonic is equipped with the same 12 MP sensor as the Panasonic G1. However, the chip image processing is a Venus Engine HD (identical to that of GH1 this time).
As on the previous model, the electronic noise is well managed up to ISO 800, the sheep is certainly noticeable at ISO 200 and 100% on screen, but it is virtually indistinguishable on an HDTV monitor 1080 in full screen or an A4. The grain is, logically, more and more prevalent with the increase in sensitivity, but images remain many details until ISO 800 and prints are perfectly usable even in A3 +. We note, however, the presence of flat colors in the uniform areas (already observed at ISO 400 on screen at 100%).
Beyond ISO 800, the colored bands are more visible, but at ISO 1600 the images were still holding. At ISO 3200 things are a bit more complicated: the grain is coarser and more colorful (always in the form of strips). The details are somewhat diluted, but with a bit of post scanning (with raw files in particular), it is possible to have more than respectable results on a A3 +.
With the brightness correction enabled, the presence of electronic noise is more pronounced in standard mode, the pixels are more colorful and visible images at 1600 ISO less convincing. In high mode, the sheep is much more visible and details deteriorated to 1600 and especially ISO 3200. Use sparingly so …