Panasonic's DMC-GF1 is based on the Micro Four Thirds system standard, which means it has features similar to those of a digital SLR, but in a more compact size. The Micro Four Thirds standard allows for interchangeable lenses, but eliminates the need for the mirrors found in SLRs.

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    With a compact frame, a pop-up flash, interchangeable lenses, HD video-shooting capabilities, and simple-but-versatile controls, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 is an excellent alternative to an entry-level DSLR.

    Pros

    • Great learning tool and/or DSLR replacement
    • Compact size for an interchangeable-lens camera

    Cons

    • No optical viewfinder
    • Not as many lens options as a full DSLR
    • Image exposure is a bit dark
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