Panasonic GM1 review: Shooter’s Report Part II - A compact macro machine and high ISO powerhouse


posted Friday, December 20, 2013 at 12:30 PM EST

I've just posted the second installment of my Shooter's Report for the Panasonic GM1. In this post, I expand upon a point I mentioned in my first blog post about the disappointing close-focusing ability with the GM1's 12-32mm kit lens. This time around, I've now had some time to play with another lens, the Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 M.ZUIKO Pro, which has a very useful close-focusing distance. Thanks to the Micro Four Thirds standard, I was able to swap back and forth between Panasonic and Olympus lenses with ease! I also experimented with a true macro lens on the GM1, with some impressive results. 

In addition, I explored high-ISO and low-light shooting with the little GM1. Despite my initial concerns predicated on my experiences with APS-C and full-frame cameras, I found the Panasonic GM1 to be one of the best cameras out there among other Four Thirds cameras for high ISO shooting. The high ISO performance with this camera is quite impressive, especially when you consider how pocketable it is, and it'll make you think twice about grabbing a traditional compact digicam.

As you've undoubtedly noticed, we've changed things up a bit with our review process for this and other recent cameras. We're going to get the camera review conversation started a lot earlier, with multiple installments of our Shooter's Report. This will let our readers get an initial impression of how the camera performs and what it's like to use, as well as any standout features or issues the reviewer might encounter, right up front. Plus, it will also give people the opportunity to have a dialog with the reviewer while he/she is actually working with the camera. So if you have any questions about the camera or things you would like to see covered in the review, please let us know in the discussion box at the bottom of the review page! 

Check out what I've explored and discovered so far on the Panasonic GM1, browse the updated gallery images and ask any questions about it I might be able to answer by virtue of having hands-on with the camera via the discussion box at the bottom of the review page itself. Also, be sure to let us know what you think of this new approach to posting review content with the discussion box below.

Olympus 12-40mm, 40mm, f/2.8, 1/100s, ISO 2500