Panasonic G1

 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 front
 
  • 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
  • Alternatives
Portability
82
Imaging
48
Features
50
Overall
48

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 #97 out of 108 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and overall #439 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our collection. You should try our Advanced camera finder to find camera results based on your customized factors.

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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.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-G100 front thumbnailPanasonic G100
G1 vs G100
20MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G95 front thumbnailPanasonic G95
G1 vs G95
20.3MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2019
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GH5S front thumbnailPanasonic GH5S
G1 vs GH5S
10MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2018
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-G9 front thumbnailPanasonic G9
G1 vs G9
20MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX850 front thumbnailPanasonic GX850
G1 vs GX850
16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH5 front thumbnailPanasonic GH5
G1 vs GH5
20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2017
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G85 front thumbnailPanasonic G85
G1 vs G85
16MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF8 front thumbnailPanasonic GF8
G1 vs GF8
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G7 front thumbnailPanasonic G7
G1 vs G7
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF7 front thumbnailPanasonic GF7
G1 vs GF7
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM5 front thumbnailPanasonic GM5
G1 vs GM5
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2014
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH4 front thumbnailPanasonic GH4
G1 vs GH4
16MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2014
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM1 front thumbnailPanasonic GM1
G1 vs GM1
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G6 front thumbnailPanasonic G6
G1 vs G6
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF6 front thumbnailPanasonic GF6
G1 vs GF6
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH3 front thumbnailPanasonic GH3
G1 vs GH3
16MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G5 front thumbnailPanasonic G5
G1 vs G5
16MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF5 front thumbnailPanasonic GF5
G1 vs GF5
12MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX1 front thumbnailPanasonic GX1
G1 vs GX1
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF3 front thumbnailPanasonic GF3
G1 vs GF3
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G3 front thumbnailPanasonic G3
G1 vs G3
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH2 front thumbnailPanasonic GH2
G1 vs GH2
16MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF2 front thumbnailPanasonic GF2
G1 vs GF2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G10 front thumbnailPanasonic G10
G1 vs G10
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G2 front thumbnailPanasonic G2
G1 vs G2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF1 front thumbnailPanasonic GF1
G1 vs GF1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH1 front thumbnailPanasonic GH1
G1 vs GH1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G1 front thumbnailPanasonic G112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009

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.

above average minimum ISO (100)
display is selfie friendly
has built in flash
includes HDMI socket
manual focus
screen articulates fully
screen size is good (3")
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
lack of image stabilization
lacks phase detect auto focus
low resolution screen (460 thousand dots)
MP count low (12MP)
no headphone socket
no mic socket
no Time Lapse mode
no video
slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
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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.

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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.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 sensor size Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos

To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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 323 gr so the Panasonic G1 is heavier in comparison with its competitors.

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Listed below is a photo of the Panasonic G1 next to a soda so you're able to have a sense of its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 dimensions scale

The top view here will show the button design on the G1.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 topview buttons dials

Panasonic G1 Lens specs

The G1 fits the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 151 lenses to choose from. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the G1.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Panasonic-Lumix-G-X-Vario-12-35mm-F2.8-ASPH-Power-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH Power OIS12-35mmf/2.8 305g
Sigma-30mm-F2.8-EX-DN-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN30mmf/2.8 135g
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Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-8mm-F1.8-Fisheye-PRO lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO8mmf/1.8 314g
Rokinon-7.5mm-f3.5-UMC-Fisheye-CS-Micro-Four-Thirds lensRokinon 7.5mm f3.5 UMC Fisheye CS8mmf/3.5 197g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-35-100mm-F4.0-5.6-ASPH-Mega-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm F4.0-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS35-100mmf/4.0-5.6 135g
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-45mm-f1.8 lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f1.845mmf/1.8 116g
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Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-14-42mm-F3.5-5.6-ASPH-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS14-42mmf/3.5-5.6 165g
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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.

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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.

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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.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 screen and viewfinder Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business

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.

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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.

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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 337. 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:

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.

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focusing manually
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
low MP (12MP)

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.

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screen can move to multiple angles
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
no image stabilization

Panasonic G1 Sports photography info

A subpar sports photography points tally of 34 means the Panasonic G1 is not suitable for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have great tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
continuous shooting slow (3.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
lack of phase detect auto focus

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.

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flash built-in
selfie friendly display
missing Time Lapse recording
MP count low (12MP)

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.

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you can focus manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
does not have Timelapse function

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.

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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.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
Panasonic
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1
Type
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released
2009-01-19
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area
224.9mm²
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW format
Maximum native ISO
1600
Maximum enhanced ISO
3200
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Lens
Lens support
Micro Four Thirds
Available lenses
107
Focal length multiplier
2.1
Screen
Type of screen
Fully Articulated
Screen size
3"
Screen resolution
460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Electronic
Viewfinder coverage
100%
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
53
DXO Color Depth rating
21.1
DXO Dynamic range rating
10.3
DXO Low light rating
463
Features
Min shutter speed
60 secs
Max shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
10.50 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize
1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Maximum video resolution
None
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
360 grams (0.79 lbs)
Dimensions
124 x 84 x 45mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 1.8")
Other
Battery life
330 images
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
SD/MMC/SDHC card
Card slots
1
Launch cost
$0