Panasonic GF1 Photos

September 2, 2009 | Mark Goldstein | Digital | 27 Comments | |
Panasonic GF1 Photos Image

This is a selection of sample photos from a pre-production version of the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 camera (firmware version 1.0), taken at the European press launch in Berlin, Germany.

They were all taken using the 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens with the GF1 set to the 12 megapixel Fine JPEG setting.

The thumbnails link to the full-sized JPEGs, which have not been altered in any way. We've also provided the RAW files for each photo.

In addition, there are some sample images demonstrating the ISO range (100-3200) and the 7 new My Color preset effects of the GF1.

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ISO 100 ISO 200 ISO 100
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ISO Range

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My Colors

Normal Expressive Pure
Dynamic Art Elegant Monochrome
Retro Silhouette  


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#1 kelsci

Beautiful color and great detail. Of course this is from the pancake lens so it is not fair to really compare these pics against the Pen unless one saw pics. from a Pen pancake lens. It would seem to me that initially these two cameras take two different types of images but both would have to be used with the same type of lense range at the same subject to see the differences to see if I am right. I think you would see a definite difference in color rendition between these two cameras on any one particular subject as well as some other photographic details.

11:18 am - Wednesday, September 2, 2009

#2 raven

Cool body design…wit pop up flash…hope IQ to be better than GH1…nice f1.7 lens but prefer 40mm than 20mm….noise control average only…

2:21 pm - Wednesday, September 2, 2009

#3 Toronto photographer

No bad, this little body does the work of pro camera

4:57 pm - Wednesday, September 2, 2009

#4 Dainius

Wow. Like olympus e-p1. But here is in-body flash!
I though, that quality of photos were be a bad, but here is very nice! I want buy it on New Year for self)
Thx Photoblog!

I think I need more tests. And I really want night tests

5:21 pm - Wednesday, September 2, 2009

#5 steve

The photos do not show in Safari or Firefox.

5:51 am - Thursday, September 3, 2009

#6 David Dyer-Bennet

The images are there in Firefox 3.5.2 on Windows XP for me just now.

3:51 pm - Thursday, September 3, 2009

#7 avi carmi

total impulse, was going to buy the Canon T1i when I saw this one. pulled the trigger. not sure if I made the right decision, but I can cancel before it ships…

Amazon have them for pre-order, two kits one with the 20mm f/1.7 and the other 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 both are only $900

I got the one with the zoom lens, seemed more practical.




8:58 pm - Thursday, September 3, 2009

#8 Sacha van Diest

this is the camera that I’ve been waiting for…

currently I’m fully satisfied with my Lumix LX-3 ..but this GF1 is more even better.. :)

The interchangeable lens makes me dead want it :) ...unlimited possibility for a pocket camera :)

9:48 am - Sunday, September 6, 2009

#9 JY

I love the idea of this camera, but have yet to see a nice sharp image from it on any site compared to what my 450D/Sigma 30mm f1.4 can produce or even my old LX1!

6:53 pm - Saturday, September 12, 2009

#10 Ron

There is a compatibility issue with this site because some pictures do not show on other web browsers.

5:39 pm - Sunday, October 4, 2009

#11 Max

nice pictures

5:42 pm - Sunday, October 4, 2009

#12 Spanky

This is such a cool idea and, in most ways, so well done. It’s a FINE camera. Yet, a few bad apples (minor points) dirty the whole, over priced deal. My fear is, this type of project will not get the love (R&D) that it deserves; due to it’s missed issues. Some bean counter will ignorantly conclude that it’s not as profitable as a whole, where it’s the exact implementation instead, that makes a winner. I feel like this happens; every time a good camera is made. Why can’t we get it right?

1. Why does it leave some of the GH1 positive out???

2. Why is the zoom lens so darn slow(aperture)? OBVIOUSLY, someone is lusting over selling faster ones, that match.

3. Why are camera bodies more expensive than whole (comparable) cameras? Why are removable lenses more expensive than whole cameras with better lenses? Why are removable systems more, and not less expensive? Shouldn’t half a camera cost about half as much? Piece-meal pricing is the issue; with removable lenses. Not interchangeability. Not specialty lens options. It’s PRICE and COMBINED features. That, and full, matched, (lens to body) compatibility (like fast AF).

4. No one should need an adapter.

5. Removable cameras should mostly be sold with about three lenses (else a really competent, fast all-in-one); covering most things well. This way, we could see the real, total, average costs!

One day, camera makers will produce superior, combined benefit cameras. Not marketing schemes. I can understand leaving off the gold plating; but why leave out benefits that cost little to nothing to produce? Heck, with world wide, massive sales of one model, it is VERY affordable to add expensive benefits into a new model.

Perhaps we should wait until they do it right.

11:23 am - Wednesday, October 7, 2009

#13 Holger

Thanks for these interesting sample pictures. I have got a problem with the interpretation of the “my colors” samples: Some of them (those in the center column) are obviously under exposed, while the “retro” and “pure” appear over exposed. Is it supposed to be like that, and consistently the case or just in this particular example? It seems these modes would require exposure correction in order to make them usable.


7:35 am - Tuesday, October 13, 2009

#14 Graham

Absolutely adore this camera, and first time I have come to look on the 4/3rds and now micro system with any degree of enthusiasm. I am not a big fan of smaller image sensors, so this next sentence irks me.

I really lust after the GF1, so much so that I am considering selling my 100-400 EF l lens for it, in fact that would be step one on a path of crossing over all my EOS gear… (I realise that it is not as good in many departments, where you Need an optical viewfinder)

Its compact, and suits so many applications where size and weight are a premium.
Ultimately the image quality is still very good.

As for the whining about the lenses on offer, it is still early days and they are still looking for market share to pitch to. Get over it!
The following lenses appeal to me
20mm f1.7
45mm f2.8
Sure eventually a fast zoom 12-35 will become available, and something fast and long like a 200mm f2.8

The website is remarkably absent from any information about their flash guns, even basic info like guide numbers… and they still need to update the compatibility info.

Distressingly the RAW files are not Aperture compatible… yet and that precludes me purchasing at this point.

When I climb Mt Kilimanjaro I need a lightweight system, and so far the only camera I can come up with is the Hasselbald Xpan with 45 and 90mm lenses, giving me 4 different focal lengths.

The GF1 is the first digital camera I can consider, with the 20mm and the Olympus 14-42 zoom lens (its smaller) as a viable alternative. Plus it has the advantage of High quality Video (but not audio)

10:07 pm - Saturday, October 17, 2009

#15 Mario

It’s overprised and the image quality is not that good, by my standards anyway, if you think it’s great you might as well be happy with Canon G11.

Then the camera is not pocketable unless you use the pancake, so the idea of micro 4/3 is lost.

And finally, the lenses are overpriced too, in fact there are only few to choose from

10:30 pm - Wednesday, November 4, 2009

#16 kamera stative

My oh my! I really wanna have this one. It looks really awesome, and i bet its bells and whistles whistles will satisfy the aching photographer in me. I’m excited!

10:22 am - Sunday, November 8, 2009

#17 Mr.Reeee

I travel a lot (lots of hiking, biking, etc.) and have no interest in lugging a giant, heavy DSLR around. I’ve been looking for a small, manageable camera (Leica D-Lux 4, Canon G11) and had my doubts about the GF-1 until I got a chance to play with one at Adorama the other day. I was smart enough to bring an SD card   and took a dozen or so shots with the 14-45 lens.

The thing is very nice! It’s a great size. Focussing seems pretty quick and manual focus is easy to toggle on/off!  Excellent build quality! The Canon G11 (which was on my short list) feels like a piece of junk compared to the GF-1. I was surprised!

My only wish is that there were some sort of macro zoom available. I WILL be ordering one… if I can find it in stock anywhere!

8:17 pm - Friday, November 20, 2009

#18 Bill Fields

I like it! I have two other Panasonic cameras and have become a disciple. I previously used only Canon and Nikon but Panasonic is doing it all! I fully intend to buy one of these as soon as I can figure out what lenses are availble.
Bill Fields, artist/photographer

1:08 pm - Wednesday, December 23, 2009

#19 Ema

Amazing quality. I was wondering if they were Jpeg or Raw processed.

I have another question: can gf1 take action, sports with the same quality as still images. I saw some samples in Amazon with 40-200mm lens for panasonic and wasn’t impressed;

Thank you,

7:57 am - Monday, January 11, 2010

#20 Mr.Reeee

Check out the in-depth review on the Digital Photography Review web site:

I’m looking forward to getting a Voightlaender adaptor, so I can use a couple of Nikon AI manual focus lenses I have: 20mm 2.8 and 35-135 3.5-4.5 macro zoom.

4:38 pm - Monday, January 11, 2010

#21 Dr.I.S.Prasad

ISO range pictures and the my color pictures are of great help to the new users of the GF1 camera.
I recently got GF1 and these pictures are taken with it’s Zoom lens.

1:45 pm - Tuesday, February 2, 2010

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11:50 am - Sunday, February 14, 2010

#23 Harvey

After viewing these beautiful photos, I was compelled to buy the GF-1 + 14-45 lens + EVF.  I have also purchased additional lenses, but they are on back order.  I envy the talent of the person who shot these photographs.

6:46 am - Monday, February 15, 2010

#24 PanMan

Get one you wont be disapointed.  I brought the GF1 with 20mm and the 14-45 Zoom lens, took it on Safari in Africa

Its fast, accurate and a pleasure to use.

1:07 pm - Saturday, February 27, 2010

#25 gio

can anybody help me, I have the GF1 and when i set the dial to ia (intelligent auto) every picture I take also takes a video (a fraction of a second long) I can,t find anything about it in the manual,
thanks in expectation

11:31 pm - Wednesday, October 13, 2010

#26 Genise

Nice! I love it!

3:11 am - Friday, March 4, 2011


Should be some error, unless the video button beside the still shot button is getting pressed.

3:41 am - Friday, March 4, 2011