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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Comparative Crops

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderContinuous DriveContinuous Drive720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Comparative Crops

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 fits somewhere between a fixed-lens camera and a DSLR. It has a much larger sensor than the former and is much smaller than the latter. Image quality should be closer to a DSLR and can be seen from the 100% crops below. The same image was taken with fixed ISO on each camera at each of the GF1's ISO settings. The remaining settings were left on automatic.

The crops below show that all these cameras produce very usable results up to ISO 400, with the DSLR obviously showing the sharpest results. Note that all digital cameras make a compromise between noise and details by applying some form of noise-reduction. The Pentax K-7
Pentax K-7
being very confident of its sensor applies very little noise reduction which is why more grain can be seen. For both the Fuji Finepix F200 EXR
Fuji Finepix F200 EXR
and the Panasonic GF1, softness increases steadily at each ISO. By ISO 800, the Fuji has clearly lost enough sharpness to reduce the maximum print size. Noise is now readily apparent. It takes one more stop for the Panasonic to reach that point. The DSLR remains usable for an extra stop over the Panasonic GF1.

In terms of image noise and details, it seems the Panasonic has managed to balance those well, performing about 1½ stops better than the best ultra-compact and just about 1 stop below a modern cropped-sensor DSLR.

Fuji Finepix F200EXR Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Pentax K-7

Fuji Finepix F200EXR Sample Crop
ISO 100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Sample Crop
ISO 100

Pentax K-7 Sample Crop
ISO 100

Fuji Finepix F200EXR Sample Crop
ISO 200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Sample Crop
ISO 200

Pentax K-7 Sample Crop
ISO 200

Fuji Finepix F200EXR Sample Crop
ISO 400

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Sample Crop
ISO 400

Pentax K-7 Sample Crop
ISO 400

Fuji Finepix F200EXR Sample Crop
ISO 800

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Sample Crop
ISO 800

Pentax K-7 Sample Crop
ISO 800

Fuji Finepix F200EXR Sample Crop
ISO 1600

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Sample Crop
ISO 1600

Pentax K-7 Sample Crop
ISO 1600

Fuji Finepix F200EXR Sample Crop
ISO 3200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Sample Crop
ISO 3200

Pentax K-7 Sample Crop
ISO 3200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
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Panasonic DMC-GF1 Facts

Mirrorless digital camera
12 Megapixels Mirrorless (SLD)ISO 100-3200
Micro Four-Thirds Mount
2X FLM

Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm

Four-Thirds Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

Shutter 1/4000-60s
0.20" Optional EVF 200K Pixels (1.04X)Full manual controls, including Manual Focus
Built-in Dust ReductionCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
3 FPS Drive, Unlimited ImagesSpot-Metering
1280x720 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingHot-Shoe
3" LCD 460K PixelsLithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital High Capacity
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