By Yeong Ah Seng
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
|» Price: $1,299 (with 14-45mm lens) $1,499 (with 20mm pancake lens)
PANASONIC'S GF1 is a much sought after digital camera.
A compact camera that can switch lenses like a digital SLR, it appeals to enthusiasts who seek the functionalities of a DSLR but loathe the size and weight of such cameras.
The GF1 calls to mind Olympus' Pen E-P1, which was also a hot seller when launched.
However, there is a difference - the GF1 has a built-in flash, whereas the E-P1 does not.
This is significant, as mounting an external flash on a camera's hotshoe adds much to its bulk.
Both the GF1 and the E-P1 are based on the Micro Four Thirds system.
Such cameras do away with the mirror and the pentaprism, thus reducing the size of the camera body.
The GF1 has a 12.1-megapixel sensor and a 3-inch display, and comes in two configurations - body with 14-45mm lens and body plus 20mm f/1.7 lens.
It also features live view and shoots AVCHD/JPEG video.
Despite its flat, compact body, the GF1 has most, if not all, the creative features photographers need to do their 'thing'.
Image quality is excellent. Colours are vibrant and accurate.
The GF1 takes pictures with such clarity and sharpness that it would put many expensive DSLRs to shame.
For those who prefer a viewfinder, there is an optional Live View Finder. External flash options are also offered.
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