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Panasonic's latest retro-styled camera comes with a lofty price

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All things considered, we're quite thrilled with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1. Micro Four Thirds early adopters who fell for the GF1's sleek, retro design two years ago finally have a successor worth considering, and we may even go so far as to say that Panasonic has undone the wrong caused by the misdirected marketing strategy adopted by the GF2 and GF3. The GX1 is, in fact, a terrific shooter, exceeding our expectations and giving us the first viable alternative to the stellar Sony NEX-C3. If you have deep pockets and a desire to continue your love affair with the GF-series that never was, look no further than the GX1.

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Critic reviews

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    7.6
  • Battery life
    6.9
  • Design and form factor
    8.8
  • Durability
    8.6
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    8.1
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8.8
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  • Image quality
    9.2
  • Video quality
    8.0
  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.4
  • Durability
    8.4
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    8.8
  • Ease of use
    8.8
8.0
Digital Photography Review Feb 15, 2012

The GX1 packages external camera control points and a class-leading touchscreen interface in a classically-styled small form factor that produces the best image quality we've yet seen from a Micro Four Thirds camera.

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8.0
Gizmodo Jan 26, 2012

Still, the GX1 is far from perfect, and if it the handling and expandability don't matter to you, go for something cheaper that doesn't run up against the limitations of Micro Four Thirds sensors: The Sony NEX C3 and NEX-5N perform much better in low-light conditions, according to our tests.

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8.0
TechCrunch Feb 1, 2012

This clearly wants to be a photographer’s camera; it’s not easy enough to use to be anything else. So why so many auto and art modes? Why a touchscreen and a galaxy of buttons? There’s just a hint of identity crisis here that its successor will hopefully address.

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8.0
Imaging Resource Mar 30, 2012

Easy to carry, yet not too small, the Panasonic GX1 offers a lot to the photography enthusiast who's looking for a compact system camera. It offers compatibility with a growing set of high-quality lenses, and is a lot of fun to use.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Jan 24, 2012

The Panasonic Lumix GX1 is an excellent enthusiast-level compact system camera that offers plenty of flexibility and customisation options in a small and stylish package. On top of this, build quality is excellent and image quality rarely disappoints.

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9.0
Camera Labs Feb 15, 2012

The Panasonic Lumix GX1 is a compelling compact system camera for enthusiasts who demand decent quality and control from a small body. Highlights include solid build, responsive focus, mature touch-screen operation backed-up with lots of physical controls.

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8.0
TechRadar Dec 2, 2011

The GX1 leaves a favourable overall impression: we'd certainly recommend adding it to your list of models to try before you buy if you're shopping for a high-quality CSC that delivers results where it matters.

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9.0
Photography Blog Jan 3, 2012

If you want virtually all of Panasonic's compact system camera technologies in a small, customisable and intuitive package, the new Lumix DMC-GX1 fits the bill almost perfectly.

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