Pros Great picture quality.
Nice LCD screen.
Cons Pricey-Were in a recession for heavens sake!
Hot shoe cumbersome.
Summary This Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 is working towards what perfection in photography is defined as. It has all the new technologies , but just hasn't perfected them yet. Also the hot shoe is a design flaw. Switching between the elv and flash get's a tad frustrating at times when you only have a few seconds before you miss the next great shot. Also I feel the price need's to between between more like $500-600 range considering the economy in all. Having said this I do feel Panasonic is setting the bar in photography and will keep getting returning customers like myself.
Pros Most of all I like the image quality. Everything else seems like the best of my heavy Nikon slr, my old Canon, and my Leica rolled into one. I have a lot of freedom to take the shots I want using manual controls
Cons Not a fast shutter speed. I don't mind the electronic viewfinder, but it takes getting used to. It is different from the through the lens feel of an slr
Summary After serious shoulder surgery, I could no longer carry my beloved but heavy Nikon. After trying out a number of slr and point and shoot cameras, I thot I would have to give up photography bec. I couldn't stand the image quality or the camera was still too heavy. The Leica of course worked, but only with a tripod. This panasonic is a dream to use, and the image quality is outstanding. Because I am taking mostly landscapes with ppl in them, I'm not frustrated by the slow shutter speed. It totally meets my needs as an enthusiast
Pros 1. Great RAW shooting
2. Size and portability
3. Decent auto-focus
4. VERY user friendly manual mode
5. HD video is good despite the inability to refocus during the clips.
6. Great Auto shooting mode
Cons 1. Low light
2. Action shots are tough to nearly impossible.
Summary The lens to have with this camera is the 45mm Leica f2.8 macro lens. I use the 20mm and the 45mm for basically everything. With a crop factor of 2x, these lenses are the 35mm equivalent of 40mm and 90mm, an ideal kit for almost all shooting. Don't even bother with the short zoom lens options. If needs be get one of the longer zooms, maybe the new 100mm to 300mm they just released. The 20mm and the 45mm lenses are so small you can carry them in a pants pocket with your GF1 in a jacket pocket.
I shoot all my images in RAW. The GF1 has fantastic RAW performance and processing into JPEG, if needs be, is simple and user friendly. The real choice with the GF1 is one of preference. For a bit more money, you can get the Canon T2i, which is a far more capable camera in every sense of the word, but the GF1 can capture basically 75% of your shots just as good as the Canon in a much easier to deal with package. Imagine having to lug one less bag around on vacation. A GF1 user simply tosses an extra lens (in a padded case of course) in the wife's purse and pockets his camera. No need for a big camera bag.
Pros 1. size for near dSLR quality images
2. solid, sturdy construction n feel
3. easy user interface
4. great image quality esp with the 20mm pancake lens
5. great 720p 30 fps HD video
Cons 1. still bulky for a compact and not as pocketable as you might think
2. no in body IS or in the 20mm pancake lens
3. less than stellar battery life
4. ISO range starts to suffer at 800 and greater
Summary I was looking for a smaller, more discrete companion camera to my dSLR to use in situations where a bulky camera was inappropriate and after much research I leaned towards the compact form factor micro 4/3s format interchangeable lens cameras with the GF1 taking the lead. Unlike the cute retro-designed Olympus PEN cameras, the GF1 has a more no-nonsense all-black metal case giving it a higher quality feel and professional look. I purchased the kit including the 20mm pancake lens to give it as small a profile as possible to fit into coat pockets. Despite not having image stabilitzation the 20mm prime f1.7 pancake lens has amazing image quality allowing for fast shots even in dark situations. The camera shoots at an impressive 3fps burst speed for its size and does 12.1 MP in RAW, JPEG or both. Both RAW and JPEG images are quite good and the on screen quick access user interface is easy to use and something most SLR users will like is the control dial that's used to change the apeture and exposure settings. A tradition shooting mode dial sits on top and night shooters can benefit from the built in pop up flash that is reasonably powerful for its size, giving it a leg up over the competing Olympus EP1 and EP2 which require an external hotshoe flash for shooting. HD shooting can be done in 2 ways, either with the ACVHD Lite mode which is good for playback on an HDTV via AV cable or motion jpeg (avi) which is the more suitable mode if you want to upload videos online.
Some downsides to the camera include size, despite going into the advantages of having a powerful camera in a compact form, its not quite as small as you might think. Even with the pancake lens you will have a hard time slipping this into your pants pocket like a true compact P&S, but it will fit reasonably in a loose coat pocket. Also ISO sensitivity suffers a bit esp when shot above 800, the noise grain can be painfully obvious. Also with the IS found in the telephoto kits lens, the 20mm prime may exhibit more blur n shake in dim lighting than you'd want, without a tripod setup. And since you're using the LCD constantly, the battery life doesnt last as many shots as the corresponding SLR so you'll be running low pretty quickly, esp if you shoot a lot of video.
The mirrorless interchangable lens cameras should prove to be a gamechanger in the camera industry, combining small package SLR shooting power with great video taking abilities. Among the smaller cameras the GF1 is among the best of the bunch so far.
Pros The picture quality is awesum, the camera is compact enough to fit in an average size ladies purse, the features are easy to use.
Cons There is nothing that I dislike
Summary I was looking for a new camera and wanted something a little more expensive than the average digital camera and my friend recommended this product and after testing the features in the store i was very happy to purchase.