- 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
- 3" Fully Articulated Screen
- ISO 100 - 1600 (Expand to 3200)
- No Video
- Micro Four Thirds Mount
- 360g - 124 x 84 x 45mm
- Released January 2009
- Updated by Panasonic G2
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Panasonic G1 summary
Panasonic G1 is Panasonic's Entry-Level Mirrorless digital camera first launched on January of 2009. The camera uses a 12MP, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4000 x 3000.
Panasonic brought out the fresher Panasonic G2 (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to update this model.
The G1 ranks at #102 out of 115 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and overall #465 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our collection. You should try our Advanced camera finder to find camera results based on your customized factors.
Here is a diagram of different factors used in the rating system.
Panasonic G1 history
The Panasonic G1 is part of a family of products. You can view the detailed range below.
G1 vs GH625MPFour Thirds14.0 fps2022
G1 vs GH5 II20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2021
G1 vs G10020MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
G1 vs G9520.3MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2019
G1 vs GH5S10MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2018
G1 vs G920MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2017
G1 vs GX85016MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2017
G1 vs GH520MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2017
G1 vs G8516MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2016
G1 vs GF816MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2016
G1 vs G716MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2015
G1 vs GF716MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2015
G1 vs GM516MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2014
G1 vs GH416MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2014
G1 vs GM116MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
G1 vs G616MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
G1 vs GF616MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2013
G1 vs GH316MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2012
G1 vs G516MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
G1 vs GF512MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
G1 vs GX116MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
G1 vs GF312MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
G1 vs G316MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
G1 vs GH216MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
G1 vs GF212MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
G1 vs G1012MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
G1 vs G212MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
G1 vs GF112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
G1 vs GH112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic G1 Gallery
You can check the G1 from several angles in the gallery here.
Panasonic G1 Pros and Cons
Below is a selection of pluses and minuses of the Panasonic G1 based on aspects that are oftentimes considered important in a digital camera.
Panasonic G1 Sensor details
The spec of the sensor in the Panasonic G1 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The CMOS sensor boasts 12MP and supports a standard ISO range of 100 - 1600. This ISO can also be expanded electronically to a high of 3200. RAW files are saved which means that the user has wider room to maneuver in post.
The image below shows the G1's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The G1 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.1 and is displayed in green.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Panasonic G1 dimensions
Panasonic G1 weighs 0.79 lb (360 gr / 12.70 ounces) and the volume of the camera is 124mm x 84mm x 45mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 1.8"). The weight of typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 327 gr so the Panasonic G1 is heavier in comparison with its competitors.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
Listed below is a photo of the Panasonic G1 next to a soda so you're able to have a sense of its scale.
The top view here will show the button design on the G1.
Panasonic G1 Lens specs
The G1 fits the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses to choose from. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the G1.
Panasonic G1 Connectivity
The G1 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that have NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to copy files and in some cases alter camera settings without connecting straight to the camera.
Some applications even enable a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. Most cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.
Panasonic G1 Video specs
Panasonic G1 does not capture video. In case you are looking for a digital camera to take only images, this might not be a concern.
Panasonic G1 Weather Sealing
Panasonic G1 does not include environment sealing so damp conditions can ruin the camera.
Panasonic G1 Screen and Viewfinder
The Panasonic G1 houses a 3 inch fully articulated display supporting a resolution of 460 thousand dots.
It has got a selfie friendly screen to get self portraits as well as group shots when needed. Sadly the display isn't a touch screen.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The ViewFinder specs regarding Panasonic G1 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- Coverage 100%
Viewfinders can be really helpful during bright outdoor conditions which can make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.
Panasonic G1 Shutter specs
Panasonic G1 continuous shooting speed is 3.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.
Panasonic G1 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Panasonic G1 has got both integrated flash and also external flash support. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/160 sec.
Panasonic G1 Autofocus specs
Panasonic G1 has got just Contrast Based Auto Focus and lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier & precise in comparison with Contrast Based focusing.
Panasonic G1 has got manual focusing if needed during low light conditions or you need to have more exact control on focusing.
Panasonic G1 Battery life
The battery pack for the Panasonic G1 is made to last for 330 photos with respect to the CIPA specifications which is similar to its competitors. The usual Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 339. Samsung NX mini has got the maximum (650) battery life within this type of cameras.
Here is a listing of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras with the strongest battery life:
G1 vs NX mini650 yesnono
G1 vs K-01540 yesnono
G1 vs NEX-3N480 yesnono
G1 vs NEX-F3470 yesnono
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Panasonic G1 for different types of photography
The following chart shows a rundown of the Panasonic G1 for different types of photography. To look at more, have a look at the specific section below.
Panasonic G1 Portrait photography features
The Panasonic G1 receives a rating of 58 which is average, and means the camera is somewhat adequate for portrait photography. Shooting portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos and ability to work with external lighting.
Panasonic G1 Street photography highlights
Getting a nice points total of 72, the Panasonic G1 is a good choice to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of image quality and portability.
Panasonic G1 Sports photography info
A subpar sports photography points tally of 33 means the Panasonic G1 is not suitable for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have great tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.
Panasonic G1 as a Travel photography camera
Size is really crucial when buying a travel camera. In general, the Panasonic G1 gets a very good 62 as a travel camera which is a respectable choice to take on your travels.
Panasonic G1 Landscape photography details
If you find yourself looking to choose a camera for landscape photographs, the most significant aspect is going to be image quality. The Panasonic G1 at it's decent grade of 58 as a landscape camera is relatively appropriate compared to it's competitors.
Panasonic G1 Vlogging advice
A vlogging camera really should come with a articulating display screen, mic port and if possible image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Panasonic G1 is not suitable for vlogging as it comes to a subpar score of 18.
Panasonic G1 Alternatives
If you are in the market for alternatives to the G1, here is a selection of the top placed cameras that fall under the class of Entry-Level Mirrorless.
The chart listed below will give you a summary of the G1 compared to it's highest scoring competitors suggested above.
Here are a handful of other cameras you may see as alternate options. To check out a extensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.