UPDATED: Panasonic GM1 First Shots posted: Pixel peep test images from this ‘micro’ Micro Four Thirds camera


posted Friday, October 25, 2013 at 3:13 PM EST


Introduced recently, the Panasonic GM1 took us by surprise -- a very pleasant surprise. Not only is it the smallest Micro Four Thirds camera we've ever seen, but it also boasts a tremendous pedigree and looks to be a terrific value at about US$750 (with its super-compact 12-32mm kit lens).

The GM1 features many of the same specs and performance capabilities of its big brother, the Panasonic GX7. Both cameras share the same sensor, image processor and AF capabilities, and Panasonic says the GM1 and GX7 deliver the same still image and video quality. (Check out our initial Panasonic GX7 image comparison and print quality analysis here.)

We're happy to report we have the Panasonic GM1 in the IR Lab, and we've just posted First Shots -- a set of images taken of our Still Life Target and Multi Target -- for your pixel peeping pleasure. Note: We now have full-production firmware (v1.0) and have retaken our test shots with it.

Using our Comparometer™, you can also pit sample pictures taken with the GM1 side-by-side against those from the GX7 -- or any other model we've ever tested. Go check them out, then come back and let us know what you think about the GM1's initial image quality.

See First Shots taken with the Panasonic GM1 here. And be sure to read our first impressions Panasonic GM1 review for a closer look at the camera's new features. We hope to post our complete, in-depth Panasonic GM1 review soon.

* Use our Still Life target images to look for detail (tone-on-tone, fine, highlights, shadows), as well as noise suppression, white balance, color accuracy and color shape retention. Use the Multi Target images to look for color handling, contrast vs. detail vs. noise, and moiré. Both targets are shot at the full range of ISOs to show how many of these factors change as ISO rises.