Is the GX1 good enough for me?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by danelkins, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. danelkins

    danelkins Mu-43 Veteran

    Hello all, I am looking for my first MFT camera and like the size and looks of the GX1 but would like some experienced feedback on a couple questions. 1 - Is there a way to lock exposure during video (can I set it to 1/60 at f/4 with set ISO)? I read that it does not have full manual exposure in Video. 2 - Are there any issues using (with adapt.) old manual focus Nikon lenses on this camera for video? I am primarily looking at the GX1 for photography but need it to handle (2nd camera) video work on occasion. I have a feeling that whatever I buy that a GX2 will come out soon after and be the camera I really want, haha. Thanks in advance.
  2. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    There is a way to set shutter speed from 1/50 to 1/125 if I remember correctly. You can only set apertures on manual focus lenses, old or new.
    Camera determines ISO.
    You can check eBay etc if someone makes an adapter for your Nikon lenses. I assume yes.
  3. Chas

    Chas Mu-43 Rookie

    Feb 15, 2011
    You should be able to get a new or lightly used one for less than $300, so in my book, the GX1 is a great place to start. Oly has some nice cams for the same price or lower...GX1 to me is a solid feeling, well handling camera, with many controls that allow you to get to the same place several different ways, which is a good thing.
  4. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
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    Whether or not the GX1 is the right camera for you is a pretty personal question. You mention this camera would be your first foray into :43:. Do you mind telling us what you are shooting with now? Generally speaking if you are moving up from a point-and-shoot (or smart phone), then the GX1's lack of a viewfinder won't bother you. On the other hand, if you're used to a DSLR, then that may be a feature you'll miss.

    Any other information you can provide about what sorts of images you are interested in capturing (family documentary, portraits, sports, wildlife, landscapes, etc.) can go a long way toward helping us point you in the direction of the camera that will fit you best.

    Obviously you're right that a new version will soon come along that you will pine for. That's always going to be the case, so the best you can do is determine if the camera that is available NOW will fit your needs.
  5. danelkins

    danelkins Mu-43 Veteran

    Thanks everyone. I was looking at the GX1 as an addition, I use a Canon 7D with a few serious lenses and a couple specialty P&S cameras but wanted a compact high quality camera. Last night I ordered a GX1 kit for $369 plus a long zoom and a 20\1.7, I am sure this is the camera to get started in mft. And I think it is a sharp looking camera too. Talk again later
  6. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
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    You will enjoy this camera especially with the 20mm.
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  7. ivonesh

    ivonesh New to Mu-43

    Mar 15, 2013
    I'm interested in the GX1 as well, I'm wanting to switch from a heavy DSLR setup. I'm sick of lugging it around and I often chose to leave the DSLR at home and just use my iPhone. I want something greater than a point and shoot, but not as cumbersome as the DSLR. I think the GX1 would be a perfect place to start?

    I want to snap pics of my kids playing and running around. No sports shots, but definitely some action/movement shots. Not all just posed shots. Is the GX1 something that can handle multiple shots at a good speed and not get the blur associated with a slow shutter speed of a $99 point and shoot?

    Also, I'm sure it is a personal preference, but is it that big of a difference to not have the viewfinder and just the LCD?

  8. danelkins

    danelkins Mu-43 Veteran

    I purchased the GX1 and have shot some in studio for tests and out on a walk for field test. I am really enjoying the size and capabilities of the GX1. The 20mm/1.7 is outstanding and the Lumix 45-200mm lens is proving to be as well.
  9. namtran007

    namtran007 New to Mu-43

    Mar 20, 2013
    The 20mm is an amazing lens. good in low light
  10. stingx

    stingx Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 10, 2012
    Weird, NJ
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    Hugh Douche
    My GX1 + PL25mm is my favorite setup of all the cameras and gear I have.
  11. laser8

    laser8 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 29, 2013
    Mare nostrum, Istria

    for indoor pics of kids, you can't go wrong with this combination.

    Outdoors, I hardly use anything except for the PL45.
  12. RoadTraveler

    RoadTraveler Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 23, 2012

    I really like the GX1's handling and features, having tried and used both a G3 and G5 as well. The value of the GX1 bodies at their current prices seems fantastic to me, so I've purchased a couple.

    Though I still use the LCD often, I have the LVF2 for when I want or need it.
  13. Chuck Pike

    Chuck Pike Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 3, 2010
    Charlotte, NC.
    It is better than any pro owned just a few years ago.

    The GX1 has the same sensor as the G3 and both are great cameras. I own two of the G3’s because of the built in EVF and the flip out screen. Like any camera you really need to get to know one. I shot Peter Pan at a dress rehearsal where I was able to be one of about 20 people watching the dance, and one of maybe 10 photographers. They were mostly using Canon and Nikon equipment with fast long lens. I shot with my G3 and the 25 mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 1,600, with spot metering and spot focus set. I have longer but slower lens, and felt that it would be better to use a fast lens rather than a my longer lens. I did P.P. using Nik Software, including Dfine 2 to reduce noise. The GX1/G3 can get the job done, but it can take time to learn how to ring out the most from any camera. And that is the advantage of not going out and buying a new camera when one comes out.

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  14. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    I replaced my GF1 with a GX1 over a year ago and I am delighted with it and the results it delivers at all ISO's.

    Camera choice is and always should be a personal choice that only you can make, buying based on other peoples suggestions can lead to total dissatisfaction so the best way is to visit a retailer and get some "hands on" time with the camera.

    You can also review the operating manual that you will be able to download from the Panasonic site, this should give you a base line of expectation.

    Good luck.