Boasting a 16-millon-pixel-sensor, interchangeable lenses and Wi-Fi in a palm-sized body, is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 the perfect balance between image quality and pocketability? Read the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review – Our verdict

Image: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 is perfect for documenting everyday life as it can be carried with you everywhere

With its stylish design and compact body, it is fair to say that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 will go down well with its target audience – the style-conscious young professional. However, this camera is much more than something that just looks good: it offers great potential as a ‘take anywhere’ camera thanks to the ultra-compact design.

Coupling the good image quality with the ability to use some fantastic lenses, the GM1 is something special. The Wi-Fi functionality is class-leading, allowing users to shoot and share their images quickly and easily. The dynamic range is as expected of a G-series camera and the noise performance enables impressive results right up to ISO 3200. Images up to ISO 800 are highly detailed with little noise. My only complaint is the short 220-shot battery life and the slight shortcomings in the camera’s handling, by which I mean the small thumb grip and the lack of a grip at the front. On the plus side, these issues can be remedied with the purchase of a spare battery and additional handgrip.

Overall, for users looking for a camera that is lightweight, pocketable and capable of producing great images, the Lumix DMC-GM1 fits the bill.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review – Key features

Flash release button
Sliding a button above the LCD screen allows the built-in flash to pop up.

Function button
A function button is featured in the middle of this focus-control switch. This can be customised to access a single setting.

Focus-control switch
This control can be switched to change focus between AF-S, AF-C and MF quickly and easily.

Movie-record button
A designated movie-record button is featured on the Lumix DMC-GM1, which is located inside the thumb grip.

Q menu
In playback, this button is used to delete images, but it doubles as the quick menu button in shooting modes.

Function menu
This small tab can be pressed to show another function menu on the LCD. This can be customised to add different settings.

  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 at a glance:
  2. 2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review - Time-lapse
  3. 3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review - Build and handling
  4. 4. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review - Metering
  5. 5. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review - Dynamic range
  6. 6. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review - Autofocus
  7. 7. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  8. 8. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review - White balance and colour
  9. 9. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review - Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
  10. 10. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review - The competition
  11. 11. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review - Our verdict
  12. 12. Hands-on review
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