Well, that is what “GF” means. Not that Japanese product marketers would know that, which is why Panasonic names their flagship micro four-thirds camera the “GF1”. So my new girlfriend is not a girlfriend, but a camera:
And oh my, is it ever amazing.
First, credit where credit is due: David Honl, who joined me to teach two workshops last week in Las Vegas, turned up with a small Leica X1 camera. Dave carried just his Leica, and he got very cool shots. I was inspired.
Not inspired enough to mortgage the house and buy a Leica as well. But more than inspired enough to buy its equivalent: the Panasonic GF1.
- Micro four thirds sensor – meaning a quarter the size of 35mm film, i.e. a 2:1 ratio
- 20mm f/1.7 prime lens (interchangeable)
- Great controls, very intuitive
- Great feel, almost like a Leica
- Flash shoe, so I can use a Pocketwizard
- Great image quality, low noise
I have now owned it for about three hours, so not much photography yet – I was teaching. But a few snaps here just to give you a taste of this camera and its excellent prime lens:
I love f/1.7:
So why a little point-and-shoot, from an SLR shooter:
- A spare.
- An un-intimidating street photography camera.
- A camera to carry when you want to be unrecognized as a pro.
- A camera to put in a coat pocket when an SLR is not allowed.
I can see me take many pictures in situations where previously, I did not. As in that last shot above.
This camera offers excellent quality: at first sight, amazingly, it looks as good as the SLRs I shoot with, even at high ISOs.
Those were tryout snaps; soon, real photos.