Panasonic Lumix GX1 Digital Camera Review$949.99
The GX1 is basically a combination of Last year's G3 and the fabled GF1, and works well as a result.
Back by popular demand, Panasonic has returned to the enthusiast system niche with the Lumix GX1. While it's technically the first model in a new G-series sub-line, the GX1 is really the logical descendent of the GF1, the most beloved camera in the short history of the Micro Four Thirds format.
The GF1 has been discontinued for some time now, but it was one of the first mirrorless cameras that felt like an actual product rather than a proof-of-concept. It was smaller than a DSLR, offered great image quality, was pretty comfortable to handle, and above all, was blessed with a control scheme geared for hands-on users. Enthusiasts loved it.
Then Panasonic turned the GF line toward the mass market. The latest model looks and handles more like a point-and-shoot than a system camera. For a while, there was no obvious upgrade for GF1 fans.
But Panasonic wants to make it right, and has offered up the GX1. It's the spitting image of the GF1, stuffed with updated components, including the great 16-megapixel sensor used in last year's G3.
While it's built from familiar elements that have worked in the past, the mirrorless segment gets more competitive every month. Is the GX1 really the update that enthusiasts have been looking for, or was it just cobbled together to appease a few vocal fans? Read on to see how it stacks up.