You bring up a point I forgot, the thumb wheel isn't designed too well IMO. It's not natural feeling when trying to turn it. I feel like I'm contorting my thumb a bit. I have since gotten used to it some, but would have like it thicker maybe, or positioned a little lower.I really like my GF1, but there are a couple of things about it that I don't like. Both are related to the dials.
First, I find the mode dial on top is awfully stiff. I can't turn it without accidentally also moving the drive mode lever, because I have to put such a grip on the dial that the lever moves too. I find this hugely ironic, because my one big "build" complaint with the Lumix LX3 is that it's mode dial turns too easily! (Seriously, every time I take the LX3 out of my pocket the mode dial is in a different position. I swear it will move if you just blow on it!)
More annoying is the thumb wheel. It's both slippery and really REALLY stiff. As a result, in order to turn it I have to lower the camera and change my grip and then half the time I end up CLICKING the wheel, which brings it too a different function. This is more annoying than the first problem, because that thumb wheel would be really useful if it were not so hard to use.
Does anyone else here have these problems, or is it just me? I've been considering sending it in for a service check, but I don't want to be without it for several weeks (and I expect even then they'd return it saying they couldn't find a problem).
wow! the opposite thing happens here...I had been putting off my decision on the GF1 until they were more readily available in the UK and prices had stabilised a bit
I have the GF1 with 20mm and 14-45 so let me address some of your points above based on my experience with the kit.I sold my whole D90 kit (lots of f/2.8 gear) so I could buy a GF1 and have some money left to spare on the side. Unfortunately after 2 weeks I returned the GF1 and I now have an LX3.
The things I didn't like about the GF1:
- No IS. So many of my shots are blurry even at ISO800
- Image orientation not recorded in images
- Out of camera JPGs not as vibrant as E-P1/2
- Pancake lens is quite slow to focus, nowhere near as fast as the zoom, and almost as slow as the Pen
- Gut feeling that the price is artificially high atm!
That said I really want to get back into m43! If the E-P2 somehow gets faster AF, Olympus gets my money. If the GF1 somehow gets IS (really unlikely, given that they're obviously going down the in-lens IS path) then Panasonic gets my money.
And to continue my rant (while I'm at it) there's the Samsung NX10 which is bulkier and more proprietary - not a bad effort but quite a miss IMO. Just goes to show how immature the current small-camera-large-sensor market is!