What is it?
12-megapixel Micro Four Thirds digital camera.
How much does it cost?
Around £700, depending on which kit lens you want with it.
Why did I buy it?
My love for Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GF1 developed after doing two things. The first was owning a Panasonic Lumix TZ3 three years ago. This was a large but high-performing compact with a beautiful LCD display. But following what I can only assume was a tragic case of Journotheft (stealing tech from a tech journalist — for shame!) my life was left with a gaping great TZ3-shaped wound, from which I felt I’d never recover.
Enter 2009, and, more specifically, enter the GF1. I played with a review model. Then moved publications and, what the hell, got another review model. It not only filled the TZ3-shaped gap my life had for so long suffered, but filled several other gaps I didn’t even know I had, such as the love of Micro Four Thirds technology.
It was with this fillage of gaps that I decided it was time to invest with my own cash. The GF1 has 12.1 effective megapixels, a build quality unrivalled by most and produces some of the most glorious pictures I’ve ever taken since ditching film SLRs many years ago. It essentially combines the functionality of a dSLR with the portability of a large compact, but sacrifices no perceivable performance over a dSLR in the same price bracket.
A shame, then, that I managed to crack the LCD display mere days into my life as a GF1 owner. But hell, supermodel with a broken neck’s still a supermodel, right?
Where can you get it?
Directly from Panasonic’s website, or from most good online camera stores.