Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

Released September, 2008
  • 12 MP
  • Four Thirds 18 x 13.5 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
The quality of the viewfinder slightly overshadows the excellent LCD monitor, which has a diagonal size of three inches in 3:2 aspect ratio, a very wide angle of view and a resolution of 460k dots, double that of most compact cameras.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)
8.5 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Lumix DMC-G1
Pen E-P5
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Lumix DMC-G1
Pen E-P5
Focus lag


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Lumix DMC-G1
Pen E-P5
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


What do the experts think?

Lumix DMC-G1
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Reviews from, and


Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Lumix DMC-G1
Pen E-P5

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Lumix DMC-G1
463 ISO
1,385 ISO
Samsung NX30
1,014 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Lumix DMC-G1
1,800 LPH
3,000 LPH
Lumix DMC-GH2
2,800 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-G1
372 ms
Samsung NX30
125 ms
Pen E-P5
196 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Lumix DMC-G1
77 ms
Lumix DMC-G2
120 ms
117 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Lumix DMC-G1
1,000 ms
400 ms
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-G1
3 fps
Samsung NX30
9 fps
Pen E-P5
9 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1


As well as this it uses a new type of field-sequential display technology developed for high-end professional video cameras, which hides the borders between the screen elements and also displays all colours at each pixel location at a refresh rate of 60Hz, so the resulting picture is incredibly smooth and sharp.

While they're about as much bigger than the just-under-a-pound G1 as the G1 is over its compact competitors, the G1 still can't fit into a large jacket pocket.

Other premium DSLRs now use 920,000-pixel displays, but the 460,000 pixels used here still give a really crisp, vibrant display.


8.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


The 14mm wide end of the standard kit lens is equivalent to 28mm.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)
The main mode dial has a range of pre-set scene modes, including night shooting, close-up, sports, scenery and portrait, and each of these has four or five sub-options selected via an on-screen menu.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)
At nearly £500 for the basic single-lens kit it's about £200 more than an entry-level full-size DSLR, which is a lot.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)


For more serious users the G1 has a Raw mode and Raw + JPEG with two quality settings, as well as normal JPEG mode in high or low compression.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)
Usually, they're grainy and jittery, but this one has a resolution of 1.4 megapixels and produces a much smoother and sharper image.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2008)
Image quality is still superb at 400 ISO.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)

Image quality

While the overall image quality isn't quite a match for the very best full-sized DSLRs it is certainly more than adequate for any semi-pro or serious amateur, and much better than even the best high-spec compacts.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)
The G1 has a wide range of custom colour and tone adjustments, with selectable film modes which can be pre-set with five steps of adjustment for contrast, saturation, sharpness and noise reduction, as well as a separate quick adjustment for colour, brightness and contrast.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)
Dynamic range could be better in JPEG mode; there's not much shadow detail here.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)


It's a good LCD, but keep in mind that because it's a wide-aspect LCD, it pillarboxes (crops with vertical black bands) standard-aspect photos so they don't display as large as on typical 3-inch LCDs.
by c|net (Nov, 2008)
It is astonishingly sharp, with a resolution of an amazing 1.44 million dots.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)
If you don't want to use the full onscreen display, you can also set the camera to display the settings around the edges of the screen and cycle around them that way.
by c|net (Nov, 2008)


The electronic viewfinder is a pleasant surprise too.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2008)
But it's still an EVF.
by c|net (Nov, 2008)
One question that many potential buyers will have is whether or not an electronic viewfinder can ever be as good as an optical through-the-lens viewfinder.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Megapixels 12 MP
Resolution 4000 x 3000
Size Four Thirds
Area 18 x 13.5 mm
Crop factor 2.0x
Pixel size 20.3 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 1,600 ISO to 3,200 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Tested vertical resolution 1,800 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 1,800 LPH

focus system

Type Contrast detection


Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Electronic

form factor

Size 124 x 84 x 45 mm
Thickness 45 mm
Weight 430 g
Is weather sealed No


Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None


Video None


Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 460 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes


Min 60 s
Max 1/4000 s


Max continuous shooting 3 fps
Battery life 350 photos
Continuous shooting 3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 372 ms
Shutter lag 77 ms
Startup delay 1,000 ms
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