Panasonic GF1 summary
Panasonic GF1 is Panasonic's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera initially introduced on October of 2009. The camera has a 12MP, CMOS Four Thirds size sensor with a full resolution of 4000 x 3000.
The GF1 is ranked #106 out of 114 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & overall #483 out of 1453 for digital cameras in our collection. Please try our Smart camera finder to see camera listings based on your personalized criteria.
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Panasonic GF1 family
The Panasonic GF1 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the full list underneath.
Panasonic GF1 Gallery
You can view the GF1 from various angles in the gallery underneath.
Panasonic GF1 Pros and Cons
Here is a collection of upsides and downsides of the Panasonic GF1 based on criterias which are typically regarded as necessary in a camera.
Panasonic GF1 Sensor specs
The Panasonic GF1 is run by the Venus Engine HD chip. The sensor spec on the Panasonic GF1 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor can capture 4000 x 3000 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CMOS sensor has 12 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 100 to 3200. RAW files are saved so you have more margin for error.
The image underneath illustrates the GF1's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The GF1 sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is displayed in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Panasonic GF1 dimensions
Panasonic GF1 weighs around 0.85 lbs (385 gr / 13.58 oz) & the overall size of the camera is 119mm x 71mm x 36mm (4.7" x 2.8" x 1.4"). The weight of average Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 327 gr and the Panasonic GF1 is heavier than its rivals.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Underneath is a image of the Panasonic GF1 next to a soft drink to help you to get a feel for its size.
The top view under will highlight the button arrangement on the GF1.
Panasonic GF1 Lens details
The GF1 works with the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses available on the market. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the GF1.
Panasonic GF1 Connectivity
The GF1 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras which include NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to transfer photos and sometimes adjust settings without connecting directly with the camera.
Several apps also allow a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. A good number of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB socket.
Panasonic GF1 Video details
The highest possible video quality on the Panasonic GF1 is 1280 x 720 and you can save in AVCHD Lite format. 720p is terrible for today's requirements. You should really strive for at least 1080p quality for video recording. The body does not offer a microphone and / or headphone port so you get zero control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to find another model in case you require decent audio for your video clips.
Panasonic GF1 Weather Sealing
There is no environment proofing in the Panasonic GF1 so you have to be careful in wet and dusty conditions.
Panasonic GF1 Display and Viewfinder
The Panasonic GF1 has a 3 inch fixed display screen with a resolution of 460 thousand dots.
Please note that the display has no touch support.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The ViewFinder details for Panasonic GF1 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
For sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and hard to see, viewfinders can be quite useful.
Panasonic GF1 Shutter details
Panasonic GF1 continuous shooting rate is 3.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000s.
Panasonic GF1 Flash and Hot shoe details
Panasonic GF1 comes with both inbuilt flash along with external flash support. The maximum flash sync is 1/160s.
Panasonic GF1 Autofocus details
Panasonic GF1 comes with only Contrast Detect AF & is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster & exact than Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has Face detect which can be helpful for portraits.
The Sensor has 23 focus points to pick from. It also features Tracking AF for moving things. Panasonic GF1 has the ability to use manual focus when required during low light occasions or you want to have more precise control on focus.
Panasonic GF1 Battery life
The battery life in the Panasonic GF1 is fashioned to last for 380 clicks as per the CIPA specifications which is higher than the usual for its class. The average Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 339. Samsung NX mini offers the best (650) battery life within this kind of cameras.
Following is a collection of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that have the strongest battery life:
Panasonic GF1 for different styles of photography
The following diagram gives a summary of the Panasonic GF1 for different styles of photography. To see more, check out the specific section underneath.
Panasonic GF1 Portrait photography information
The Panasonic GF1 gets a score of 60 which is modest, and means the camera is relatively acceptable for portraits. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support together with the option to use off-camera lighting.
Panasonic GF1 Street photography info
Coming in at a above average score of 64, the Panasonic GF1 is a respectable option to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of image quality plus portability.
Panasonic GF1 Sports photography features
A low sports photography points total of 45 indicates the Panasonic GF1 is simply not very good for taking photos of sports. A camera needs good tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Panasonic GF1 Travel photography factors
Weight is super critical in picking a travel camera. All things considered, the Panasonic GF1 gets a reasonable 59 for a travel camera which makes it reasonably acceptable to purchase for your journeys.
Panasonic GF1 Landscape photography details
When you're planning to choose a camera for landscape pictures, the most significant aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic GF1 at it's above average grade of 61 for a landscape camera is a good option in the current market.
Vlogging with Panasonic GF1
A camera for vlogging should have a articulating display, mic port and preferably IBIS. Considering every thing, the Panasonic GF1 is simply not very good as a vlog camera as it receives a low score of 25.
Panasonic GF1 Alternatives
If you are interested in replacements to the GF1, here is a selection of the top placed cameras that fall into the family of Entry-Level Mirrorless.
The diagram just below will give you an overview of the GF1 compared to it's highest rated rivals listed earlier.
There are a bunch of cameras you may take into account as alternatives. To browse through a full comparison, visit the "compare" link.