Panasonic GM1 review: Shooter’s Report Part III - going telephoto with a tiny camera, reader requests and final thoughts


posted Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:09 PM EDT


We've just posted the third and final installment of my Shooter's Report for our Panasonic GM1 Review. In this post, I explore how the little GM1 handles larger -- and much larger -- lenses as I take it out for some telephoto shooting. One of my favorite subjects to photograph is wildlife, but you often need long telephoto lenses, and sometimes even supertelephoto lenses, to get shots of far away creatures. However, given the ultra-portable, pocketable nature of the GM1, what's it like to use longer, heavier lenses on such a tiny camera? 

Still not close enough. GM1 + Olympus 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5. (200mm, f/3.5, 1/500s, ISO 200)

In addition, thanks to the awesome reader response and great discussion we've recieved on this camera, I've made a point to answer some reader requests including taking still photos during video recording and how that affects not only the recording process, but also the image quality of the stills produced. Also, a reader tipped us off to an interesting quirk regarding the resolution of embedded JPEG previews when shooting RAW and how that impacts your ability to assess critical sharpness when reviewing photos in-camera. I've tested this out and confirmed the issue. Lastly, multiple readers have asked about using the Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 lens on the GM1, after reading about my experience with the Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 lens in the last installment, so I answer this as well after taking the Panasonic 12-35 out for a spin.

GM1+ Panasonic 12-35mm. (27mm, f/9, 1/500s, ISO 200)

Finally, I wrap up my shooting experience with the Panasonic GM1 with my final thoughts and personal conclusion on this tiny pocketable powerhouse of a camera. However, we're not completely done with the GM1! Stay tuned for IR's final verdict on the Panasonic GM1, including full test results, pros & cons and conclusions.

In the meantime, head over to the last GM1 Shooter's Report post, or hit up the Gallery page for a closer look at all the real-world images I've taken, and, as always, please feel free to post comments about this camera and review at the bottom of the review page.

GM1 + Olympus 150mm f/2. (150mm, f/2.0, 1/125s, ISO 3200)