Thursday, September 16, 2010

Panasonic Lumix GF1 - any good or a waste of money?

Is this camera any good? (I don't have the energy to keep up with which new digital camera is out this week)

Are there any better alternatives - of a similar size and flexibility?

Uses will be: aside from family snapshots, a certain amount of urban/suburban photography. It may replace - but not supplant - a certain amount of Rolleiflex photography. An available aperture of at least 2.0 would be helpful. Among other things...

All comments welcome.

UPDATE: Oh bugger. I hadn't seen the Sigma DP2/DP2s (I remember when the Foveon sensor was vaporware...). Anyone out there using this little beastie?

(jeesh - how many typos can I get in one short post)


Justin Sutcliffe said...

Had a few opportunities to use this beastie and drew the following conclusions. It is a versatile little camera. Sharp lenses and better colour than previous Panasonics. Not particularly great in low light but not bad either. A bit low to focus (although the snapshot function speeds this up in much the same way it did on the lovely Ricoh GR1V)

Range of lenses, especially the widangle pancake means that it probably edges the Olympus PEN and the Sigma.

archivue said...

for similar needs, i went with an Olympus Pen and the panasonic 20

the GF1 offers flash, while the Pen offers better colors (in my opinion), and in body stabilisation.

If you are not in a hurry there's rumors bout a pen EPL3...

Otherwise, the new nikon DSLR offers a lot for the price but more bulky... D7000

watch it on