Panasonic’s Lumix GF1—a great all-around travel camera

| April 5, 2010 | 15 Comments

The Virtual Backpack is all about finding those pieces of kit–the ones that stand out. The ones that have won important volume in your pack and deserve to be lugged around the planet. Join us as we take a closer look at gear from the perspective of the long-term traveler.

Kathyrn and I had—for a while now—been considering a new camera—one that we can bring along with us on our round-the-world trip. We’d been looking for something that was portable without having to sacrifice the bells and whistles of a traditional DSLR. With its great image quality and small body, it seemed that we had found the perfect camera in the Panasonic Lumix GF1. In many ways, the camera seemingly took the best of point-and-shoots and mixed those results with the best of the DSLRs.

panasonic gf1 Panasonics Lumix GF1—a great all around travel camera

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Micro Four Thirds standard

The GF1 is based on the Micro Four Thirds standard. This means that the camera eschews the conventional mirror in digital SLRs that traditionally bathe the sensor in light—the reason why the GF1 has a much smaller footprint compared with its bigger brethren. Put simply, this standard allows for smaller and lighter camera bodies and lenses by greatly simplifying the sometimes intricate optical path required by a conventional SLR.

Honestly, there’s not much we can say about the quality of the GF1 that hasn’t been said elsewhere. And rather than concentrate on a traditional review of the GF1, we’d do much better to simply link to Craig Mod’s review of the camera. It’s the review that caused us to pull the trigger.

What Others Say

For 16 days Craig field-tested the camera as he climbed through the valleys of central Nepal up to Annapurna Base Camp. Craig writes: “The compact combination of Panasonic’s GF1 body and the 20mm f1.7 Lumix pancake lens works with you as a traveller. It’s a light, sturdy, capable, exceptionally well conceived photography kit that demands to be taken on adventures.” Check out the exhaustive review