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Panasonic Lumix GX1 review

Audley Jarvis




Our Score:


User Score:


  • Small yet richly featured
  • Excellent image quality
  • Good low-light performance
  • Built-in flash and hotshoe connector


  • Lumix 'X' powered zoom can be a bit fiddly

Key Features

  • 16-megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 12,800
  • 1920 x 1080/50i movie recording
  • Lightening-fast 24-point AF
  • All-metal construction/rubberised handgrip
  • Manufacturer: Panasonic
  • Review Price: £750.00

When Panasonic unveiled the GF3 last year there was a palatable sense that the company might have missed a trick. Of course, that probably had more to do with our expectations that any inherent flaws with the new model. Indeed, as a beginner-friendly compact system model, the GF3 is a very good little camera. However, those of us who’d secretly been hoping for something a bit more enthusiast-orientated couldn’t but help feel a little disappointed.

Thankfully, Panasonic did have something along those lines in the pipeline and so what we have here is a camera that takes the compact rangefinder design cues of the Lumix GF1 and GF2 and combines them with the enthusiast-centred feature set and customisation options of the Lumix G3. Of course, with the GF-series now clearly aimed at more casual photographers, a new series name was required; step forward the all-new GX range.

On paper at least, the GX1 looks to have just about everything covered. It’s small and portable, yet extremely well built; it offers plenty of physical controls, thereby enabling fuss-free, on-the-fly changes to regularly used settings; resolution is a very handy 16MP; it offers the same intuitive touch-screen control employed by other G-series models (including Touch Focus and Touch Shutter); and last but not least it’s a very adaptable and flexible camera that comes with an ever-expanding range of quality lenses and accessories.

That said, the days when Panasonic (and their Micro Four Thirds partners, Olympus) enjoyed almost free reign in the CSC market are long over and there are now plenty of excellent models from rival manufacturers, making this sector of the CSC market extremely competitive.

Has the GX1 got what it takes to see off the likes of the Sony NEX-5N, the Olympus E-P3, the Nikon V1 and the Samsung NX200? Let’s take a closer look and find out…


November 8, 2011, 4:27 am

New Leica model incoming in 3....2.....1.....


November 8, 2011, 7:54 pm

are you sure??


November 8, 2011, 7:56 pm

ill wait for leica model to see what is better than sony.


November 10, 2011, 5:36 am

Good review, but the ISO test is not as good as it was before.
Why was the ISO test performed outside? where the lighting condition was too bright to see any noise at the darker area.
Please bring back the "Cars Test" (the red and green cars) for ISO performance tests.


January 26, 2012, 3:11 pm

Hi Editor, where is the review for the Sony NEX 5n??
The GX1 is only a slight improvement for the G3


January 28, 2012, 4:10 am

Not a really new camera worthy of a full review, and far too expensive for what it is. On top of that half the clients will never add another lens; ignorance, (theirs), is bliss, (Panasonic's).

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