Panasonic G1 Full Review Complete!|
Zig Weidelich, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 16:39 EST)
We've completed our full review of the Panasonic DMC-G1 Micro Four Thirds camera, and we're happy to say that our early impressions were borne out by our subsequent tests of the production model.
Our early impressions of the Panasonic G1 were quite positive, and subsequent in-depth testing of a full production sample confirmed that it's an excellent little camera. While it can't quite compete at high ISO shooting with the best DSLRs with APS-C size sensors, the overall image quality of the Panasonic G1 was really quite good. We were particularly impressed with the performance of its 14-45mm kit lens; it's one of the best-testing kit lenses we've seen to date. (We suspect Panasonic is using post-processing in the camera to correct for chromatic aberration and distortion, but the results are what they are: Optical quality is excellent. We'll look at results in the 14-45mm's RAW files once we get a third-party RAW converter that can open them and that we're sure aren't correcting for the distortion.)
The Panasonic G1 is also one camera that feels faster than it tested: Our shutter lag tests came out in the vicinity of 0.4 second, just a tad slower than competing DSLRs, but the camera felt very responsive in our hands, we never had the feeling that we were missing shots due to shutter lag.
All in all, this is a really excellent little camera, a very viable alternative for people looking for a smaller yet still capable alternative to carrying an SLR. Read our full Panasonic G1 review for all the details!