A compact, lightweight all-rounder, this Micro Four Thirds Lumix has tank-like sturdiness and hefty dollops of user-friendliness, whether you’re a shutter nutter or wet behind the ears. There are tons of controls – both physical and via touchscreen – or you can let the camera do the work by tapping the ‘Intelligent Auto’ button.
Panasonic Lumix GX1 – speed
Action is one thing the GX1 nails, thanks to its lightning-quick burst mode which can capture 20 shots in a single second (albeit at a reduced resolution) and an autofocus so speedy it feels as if it’s locked on before you push the button.
Panasonic Lumix GX1 – in use
The mode dial and other controls make changing shooting settings a swift process, after a little practice, and we love the electronic ‘spirit level’ that helps you take dead straight shots. The 14-42mm pancake-sized kit lens is the first on a compact system camera to offer a power zoom – you push a rocker, rather than twisting a ring
Panasonic GX1 – stills and video quality
Image and video quality is good, with very little grain at ISO settings below 3200. It’s not quite up to the Sony NEX-5N’s beautifully noise-free standards in low light, but that’s its only flaw.