Editors Liked

  • Fast autofocus speeds; built-in pop up flash; 720p HD video recording
  • Olympus E-P1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1, Great build Retro design, Lovely retro design Cool arty modes, Good colour rendition Good noise performance, Excellent continuous shooting mode Nice auto white-balance system, Nice Art modes Sharp images
  • Very fast autofocus for a Contrast Detection-based camera; excellent movie mode; very good image quality in good light; simple and discrete design
  • GF1 offers an interesting look versus other DSLR cameras, Image quality is very good, Manual focus "zoom" feature works extremely well, Camera construction is very sturdy, Offers both USB and HDMI output
  • Solid build. Fast, excellent pictures. HD movies
  • Compact size for an interchangeablelens camera, Great learning tool and/or DSLR replacement
  • More compact than a D-SLR. Fast focusing speeds. Extremely sharp images. 720p30 HD video capture. Built-in flash. HDMI port with CEC support
  • Compact body with DSLR-sized sensor, Detailed 3in / 460k screen and optional EVF, HD movies with choice of encoding formats, Great Auto mode and full Manual controls
  • Excellent photo quality and performance for its class; comfortable, streamlined design; interchangeable lenses
  • High-quality build, Weighs just over one pound with 20mm lens, Fits into small places, Excellent quality kit lenses, Camera corrects geometric distortion and chromatic aberration, Accurate LCD viewfinder, Very good auto white balance performance in inc
  • Superb resolution, excellent overall image quality up to ISO 1600, Stunning raw output, Reliable exposure and focus and generally reliable white balance, Excellent build quality & great screen, Surprisingly good handling, fun and easy to use, Very compact
  • Light and relatively compact, Very good image and video quality, Good AF and shutter response, Shoots RAW, One button video recording
  • Size, design, HD video, Peripheral Defocus scene mode, Micro Four Thirds compatability
  • Onboard flash; compact size; good picture quality; optional electronic viewfinder helps conserve battery life; solid build
  • Good build, Nice design, Good image results

Editors Didn't Like

  • Mono audio recording; colour modes not practical; average ISO performance; no builtin optical image stabilisation
  • Olympus E-P1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1, Optional optical viewfinder No High ISO NR, Some Art modes can be slow Electronic viewfinder is optional
  • Noisy images at high ISOs; camera not as small as it seems when all the parts are added on; aggressive anti-noise processing in JPEG mode blurs detail
  • Camera seems a little expensive, Learning to find all of the GF1's features will take some time, Placement of popup flash is very awkward, No optical viewfinder
  • No viewfinder, no onboard IS
  • No optical viewfinder, Not as many lens options as a full DSLR, Image exposure is a bit dark
  • Noisy images at ISO 1600 and higher. No optical viewfinder. No optical image stabilization with 20mm lens
  • No stabilisation in body or 20mm kit lens, Viewfinder is a pricey accessory, Screen suffers from reflections in bright light, Focusing restrictions with many lenses
  • EVF costs extra; can't use EVF and hot-shoe flash simultaneously
  • Dynamic range and high ISO output not quite as good as best in class (including Olympus E-P1), JPEG output nowhere near as good as it could be - shoot raw for best results, Default settings don't produce particularly appealing (JPEG) color, Flash is v
  • Cost, Monitor only standard, view finder optional
  • Costly, limitations to auto focus, no inbuilt viewfinder
  • Mono microphone tends to pick up too much ambient noise; My Color feature can be improved; slow shutdown time
  • No built-in viewfinder, Optional finder is low resolution, Switch under command dial can be tricky