Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Released November, 2011
New: Lumix DMC-GX7 (Sep, 2013)
  • 16 MP
  • Four Thirds 17.3 x 13 mm LiveMOS
  • 3" LCD
Shooting JPEG takes about 0.5 second for two sequential shots, which increases to about 0.6 second for raw; JPEG+raw feels adequately speedy.
by c|net (Dec, 2011)
8.7 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Lumix DMC-GX1
8.3
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Lumix DMC-GX1
7.2
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Lumix DMC-GX1
8.6
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Lumix DMC-GX1
9.2
Reviews from trustedreviews.com, techradar.com, photographyblog.com, dpreview.com and 1 more

8.7

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Lumix DMC-GX1
8.7

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

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

Lumix DMC-GX1
703 ISO
Lumix DMC-G1
463 ISO
PEN E-P2
505 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Lumix DMC-GX1
2,500 LPH
Lumix DMC-G1
1,800 LPH
Lumix DMC-GH1
2,100 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-GX1
259 ms
PEN E-P2
956 ms
Fujifilm X-E1
438 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Lumix DMC-GX1
72 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Lumix DMC-GX1
1,400 ms
Fujifilm X-E1
2,400 ms
PEN E-P2
2,300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-GX1
4.2 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1


7.7
The familiar Panasonic clickable thumb dial that is used to adjust exposure compensation as well as shutter and aperture values makes the GX1 an easy camera on which to change exposure parameters between shots.

9.0
We'd still just give the edge to the G3 thanks to its built-in EVF and rotating LCD screen, and the Sony NEX-7 that we're also reviewing soon is definitely a very big rival, but if you want virtually all of Panasonic's compact system camera technologies in a small, customisable and intuitive package, the new Lumix DMC-GX1 fits the bill almost perfectly.

9.0
Overall image quality is fantastic and certainly on a par with the G3, with the GX1 being able to produce images full of bright, vibrant colours, pleasing tonality and contrast, sharp edges and good levels of detail.

8.0
Its fast AF system and dual physical/ touchscreen control interface, coupled with a pleasing number of customisable buttons and shortcuts to frequently-used functions makes the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 a joy to shoot with.

7.7
As with its sibling cameras, the GX1 has a great hybrid interface, which can operate either via the extremely customizable touch screen or completely via the hard controls; for instance, you can select which options appear on the Quick Menu, place the histogram anywhere on the screen, and perform almost any operation with either the buttons or touch.

Overall

8.4 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

The GX1 hosts all the shooting modes you would expect to find on a Lumix G-series model, including the regular creative quartet of Program, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority and fully Manual.
by TrustedReviews (Jan, 2012)
Note that the supplied 14-42mm power-zoom lens does offer image stabilisation, although there's no switch on the lens barrel to turn it manually on and off, just three different modes accessible through the DMC-GX1's menu system.
by Photography Blog (Jan, 2012)
I really like the concept behind the powered lens, and that it automatically retracts when you power off and becomes quite compact.
by c|net (Dec, 2011)

Screen

Working in tandem with the touch-screen the GX1 offers the same the same intuitive Touch AF and Touch Shutter features seen on other Lumix G-series models.
by TrustedReviews (Jan, 2012)
Touch Tab is a brand new feature that provides an onscreen dock for up to five control and display functions that can be expanded or hidden with a single touch.
by DPReview (Feb, 2012)
The feature set is solid, but there's nothing particularly exceptional beyond what competitors offer, and a tilting or articulated LCD would be really nice.
by c|net (Dec, 2011)

Sensor

At ISO 3200 image quality begins to drop off quite noticeably, with the highest settings of ISO 6400 and 12,800 very much for emergencies only.
by TrustedReviews (Jan, 2012)
Shooting in raw mode offers a wide range of advantages.
by DPReview (Feb, 2012)
Perhaps most interesting is that this compensation is evident not just with in-camera JPEGS but on Raw files converted using Adobe Camera Raw.
by DPReview (Feb, 2012)

Focus

Existing exposure compensation, white balance, focus and metering values are honored when shooting video, but cannot be altered during the recording.
by DPReview (Feb, 2012)
The AF system is fast and reliable; among the best we've seen from any G-series model.
by DPReview (Feb, 2012)
Panasonic claims its autofocus (AF) system is the fastest in any current CSC - just 0.09 seconds - but the same has been said from several other manufacturers regarding their own models, so we'll reserve judgment until we see some official figures from them all.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)

Image quality

The metering system has accurately exposed this high contrast scene and there's plenty of detail in the dark areas of our subject.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)
Indeed, overall image quality is very good.
by TrustedReviews (Jan, 2012)
On top of this, build quality is excellent and image quality rarely disappoints.
by TrustedReviews (Jan, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type LiveMOS
Megapixels 16 MP
Resolution 4616 x 3464
Size Four Thirds
Area 17.3 x 13 mm
Crop factor 2.1x
Pixel size 14.1 microns
Light sensitivity 160 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,500 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,500 LPH

focus system

Type Contrast detection
Focus points 23
Supports continuous No

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder None

performance

Max continuous shooting 4.2 fps
Battery life 310 photos
Continuous shooting 4.2 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 259 ms
Shutter lag 72 ms
Startup delay 1,400 ms

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p No
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack None
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

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

shutter

Min 60 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 116 x 68 x 39 mm
Thickness 39 mm
Weight 318 g
Is weather sealed No

features

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