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Released ahead of schedule in early November 2008, the Panasonic DMC-G1 is a new hybrid camera that moves closer to DSLR.

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Pros

smaller and lighter than full DSLR cameras

4 agree

new Live MOS sensor provides many technological improvements - for better camera features and images

4 agree

adapter ring is available to mount full four third lenses to the body of the G1

4 agree

two micro four third lenses are available (F3.5-5.6, 14 - 45 mm and F4.0-5.6, 45 - 200 mm) with three more in the works (F4.0 / 7 - 14 mm, F1.7 / 20 mm, and F4.0-5.6 / 14 - 140 mm)

4 agree

preview mode that simulates camera settings

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screen has an automatic brightening feature for use outside

3 agree

amazingly snappy automatic focus

3 agree

Multi angle LCD screen!

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Cons

no high definition video capture mode

4 agree

fairly expensive with full DSLR cameras always dropping in price

3 agree

proprietary battery pack (not to mention it's $70)

2 agree

adapter for four third lenses does not include auto-focus

2 agree

Lens change exposes sensor.

1 agrees

It isn't quiet.

1 agrees

Doesn't signal external flash to turn on AF assist lamp.

1 agrees

No wireless remote release.

1 agrees

LCD monitor doesn't flip 100% *out* flat with the back of the camera.

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No scale for manual focusing

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In really low light manual focus is imposible

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Doesn't signal external flash for AF assist.

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No scale to estimate focus.

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Not big enough for best grip.

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Enlarged zone for manual focusing unusable in low light.

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does not support CF cards

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Released ahead of schedule in early November 2008, the Panasonic DMC-G1 is a new hybrid camera that moves closer to DSLR than any previous attempt. Allowing for interchangeable lenses as well as a variety of filters, mount adapters, external flases and remote controls - unlike most hybrids - the G1 replaces the miror and optical viewfinder found on traditional DSLR cameras with a new Live MOS sensor, and a miniature LCD screen viewfinder with a high pixel count. Featuring a 3" LED swivel screen with 460,000 dots (which brightens in high light automatically) the G1 uses SD, SDHC, and MMC flash memory to save compressed or uncompressed (RAW) images and video. Comes in black, red or blue.

Features
  • 12.1MP sensor
  • SD, SDHC, and MMC flash memory
  • 3" LCD swivel screen (480k dots), digital viewfinder (800 x 600 dot resolution)
  • 330 shots (battery life) or 350 with viewfinder only
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