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conclusion:We like it

89

The Panasonic GM1 is a sleek, compact, lightweight camera that delivers great images for the price. It comes packed with features, including a larger sensor, all tucked into a camera body TrustedReviews says is "one of the most compact" CSCs for sale. Panasonic made the GM1 zippy too, with TechRadar noting the "start up time is quick," and that "shot to shot time is also very good," but warns the kit lens may let you down during startup. Image quality was universally praised by critics, and PC Mag says it "produces images that are just as good as many larger Micro Four Thirds cameras." Unfortunately, the battery life isn't great, with Photography Blog calling it "so-so" but still their "only gripe" with the camera. Overall, with the GM1 Panasonic manages to deliver a compact camera capable of excellent images at an easy-to-swallow price point.

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Critic reviews

8.7
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    5.7
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    8.7
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    8.6
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    8.5
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    8.0
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    6.0
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8.0
PC Mag Feb 26, 2014

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 is the smallest interchangeable lens digital camera you can buy. It's not as full-featured as some other models, but you can't argue with its size or performance.

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8.0
Digital Photography Review Dec 30, 2013

This camera is best suited for casual, every day shooting. Its natural companion is its kit zoom or a small prime, and though it's perfectly happy to accept a telephoto lens, it feels awkward to use for any length of time.

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8.0
Gizmodo Apr 11, 2014

It's no doubt a fun camera to have in your hand and packs great image quality. But if you are just getting started, or seeking a great all-around experience, maybe it's not right for you.

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8.0
Macworld May 1, 2014

... the images thankfully speak for themselves, and for many people the Lumix DMC-GM1 will mark the point where they decided to park their DSLR in the back of the cupboard for something more accessible.

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10
Pocket-Lint Nov 14, 2013

It sits on the fence between compact and compact system cameras yet gleefully sticks its tongue out at both sides. It's rare that a product feels like a hybrid of ideas and yet succeeds with such greatness - the GM1 is a clear, outstanding exception.

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9.0
Imaging Resource Feb 27, 2014

Panasonic squeezes so much good stuff into the lightweight, trim and slim GM1, that its compromises are altogether quite minor. It offers great image quality, great performance and the ability to use great lenses all in a package that fits in your pocket.

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10
TechRadar Nov 27, 2013

Panasonic has made a fantastic small compact system camera but managed to include a large sensor that produces excellent images.

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9.0
Camera Labs Dec 30, 2013

Panasonic's Lumix GM1 is a very canny camera, appealing both to those who are looking for a small interchangeable lens camera and those who want a compact with better quality and features than a typical point-and-shoot.

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9.0
What Digital Camera Nov 26, 2013

Other than the battery life issue, the GM1 is a cracking little camera and would make a top choice for those stepping up from a basic point and shoot compact or those seeking a model that's smaller and less cumbersome than the camera they already own.

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8.0
T3 Dec 6, 2013

Portable yet powerful is the pitch and indeed in that best-of-both-worlds respect the GM1 for us comes close to being its maker's most perfectly realised and truly compact, compact system camera to date.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Jan 16, 2014

The Panasonic GM1 is a truly impressive CSC that impressively designed and delivers good image quality while managing to still fit easily in to a trouser pocket. It has few equals at present, making it an excellent if you value quality and portability in one.

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10
ePHOTOzine Nov 11, 2013

The Panasonic Lumix GM1 is a miniature marvel, showing just how compact the Micro Four Thirds system can be without compromising on image quality!

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9.0
Photography Blog Dec 3, 2013

If you loved what you saw of the output of the GX7 but felt the body would be better even smaller, then the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 could be well worth giving a proverbial spin.

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First Looks

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Engadget Oct 17, 2013

The leather-effect and brushed metal finish definitely give the camera a sense of quality, while all the major controls are comfortably within reach. We'll be honest, the pop-up flash did catch us a little by surprise, and is somehow reminiscent of R2D2's extensions.

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Pocket-Lint Oct 17, 2013

We rather like this dinky little package, it takes an interesting angle against the competition: whether you're thinking Sony RX100 or system camera. With the GM1 the range of lenses makes for a versatile product. Interesting stuff indeed.

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Imaging Resource Oct 17, 2013

Panasonic did a number of things to shrink what's basically a GX7 into the incredibly small frame of the GM1, and some of those changes help explain the performance tradeoffs relative to its larger sibling.

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TrustedReviews Oct 17, 2013

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 is a camera that believes people are willing to pay for image quality even if they’re not massive photo nerds.

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TechRadar Oct 17, 2013

We can see this appealing to a wide range of people, who are after something which offers fantastic image quality without the bulk of something larger (even by Micro Four Thirds standards).

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ePHOTOzine Oct 17, 2013

The Panasonic Lumix GM1 uses the same sensor as the Panasonic Lumix GX7, and has the same Venus image processing engine, so we would expect image quality to be very good. Although we will have to wait until we have a full production model in the office for our full review.

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Expert Reviews Oct 17, 2013

Despite being the smallest Micro Four Thirds camera that we've seen, it's not a cut-down camera with a lower-resolution, cheaper sensor than other cameras in the Panasonic's range. In fact, it has the same 16-megapixel sensor as the Panasonic Lumix GX7.

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Photography Blog Oct 17, 2013

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 compact system camera, including the black and orange versions, the new 12-32mm collapsible lens, and the optional hand grip.

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Stuff Oct 17, 2013

The Japanese firm's latest interchangeable lens snapper is so petite, it'll make high-end compact cameras stick out like a sore thumb.

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9.0
cletus75 cletus75

I was shopping for a CSC/ILC/mirrorless system to complement my SLR after growing increasingly frustrated with the limitations of my Canon S95. It's a great little camera, but it lacked the burst, autofocus speed and ultimately image quality that I need to capture an active toddler. An SLR is...

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