Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 review

Sophisticated compact system camera with advanced features

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Panasonic lumix dmc gx1 review

With a good range of buying options available; comprising a starting price of £499 or US$699 (body-only), £599 (with 14-42mm manually-operated kit lens), £729.99 (with 14-42mm powered kit lens) and £757.99 (Panasonic Online Shop price), the feature-packed Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 is fairly-priced in comparison to its major rivals.

You do have to factor in the cost of the optional LVF2 viewfinder, however, if you feel that it's a feature that you can't do without. This accessory will set you back an additional £229 (RRP).

In terms of features, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 matches up well to the competition, packing all of the current technology it needs to present a convincing challenge to the other impressive CSCs you have to choose from.

Its fast AF system and dual physical/ touchscreen control interface, coupled with a pleasing number of customisable buttons and shortcuts to frequently-used functions makes the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 a joy to shoot with.

There are handy hints and beginner-friendly explanations of functions available when you're first getting to grips with the camera, although newcomers, previous Lumix owners and more advanced users will find everything similarly simple to navigate.

Image quality is an area where the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 particularly impresses. Like the acclaimed Panasonic G3, the GX1 delivers a reliable, high-quality performance in most situations, while HD movies are also clean, smooth and detailed.

We liked

The level of customisation the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 offers will please enthusiasts who like to stick to their own way of working. Dual physical and touchscreen operation adds to the camera's versatility, while top-notch image and movie quality further enhance the CSC's appeal.

We disliked

The lack of built-in viewfinder/bundled option may be a point of contention for some, particularly as the screen is fixed. The touchscreen could do with being a bit more responsive to perfect its implementation, and the menu system would benefit from being a little more streamlined.

Final verdict

The GX1 leaves a favourable overall impression: we'd certainly recommend adding it to your list of models to try before you buy if you're shopping for a high-quality CSC that delivers results where it matters.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 presents an exciting new direction for Panasonic, breaking away from the mass-market GF-series and providing a premium option that advanced enthusiasts should definitely consider.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyLumix
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesLive View, Self-timer, Face Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMP4, AVCHD
Weight (Approximate)272 g
Image Sensor Size17.30 mm x 13 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4592 x 3448
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height67.8 mm
Width116.3 mm
Depth39.4 mm
Focal Length14 mm to 42 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
Product ModelDMC-GX1
Product NameLumix DMC-GX1 Mirrorless Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMCGX1KK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Panasonic is pleased to announce the addition of the DMC-GX1 interchangeable lens system camera as part of the LUMIX G Micro System as part of the new premium mirror-less line up - DMC-GX1 featuring high image quality and stunning performance in both response and function.