Panasonic GF1 sparks a lot of interests from DSLR camera users to compact camera users. It is sure a bit confusing because GF1 is half compact and half DSLR cameras.
|Panasonic LX3||Panasonic GF1|
|Image sensor||1/1.7″ (Area: 43mm2)||4/3 (Area: 225mm2)|
|Size||4.3 x 2.3 x 1.1 in. (109 x 60 x 27 mm)||4.7 x 2.8 x 1.4 in.
(119 x 71 x 36 mm)
|Weight||257g / 9.1 oz||285g / 10.1 oz|
|Acceptable image||ISO 400||ISO 1600|
|Lens||Leica 24-60mm f/2-2.8||interchangeable|
|Viewfinder||optional, fixed||optional tilting live viewfinder 201k dots .5 magnification|
|Price||$500||$899 with 14-45mm lens / 25mm f/1.4 lens|
Panasonic GF1 has a better image quality especially in low light condition due to the large sensor. You can also change lenses with GF1. However, GF1 is not pocket-able especially when you mount it with 14-45 zoom kit lens. Because the larger sensor, you will able to create shallow depth of field easier.
On the other hand, Panasonic LX3 camera is pocket-able (only if you have a large pocket like cargo pants pocket or jacket pocket). LX3 also has a solid and bright zoom lens (Leica 24-60mm f/2-2.8) , but no option for telephoto zoom lens. finally, LX3 price is almost half cheaper than GF1. Great if you are in limited budget.
Some people might ask if GF1 bundle worth the price? I think that It does not worth the price right now. Because with $800, you might able to get a excellent beginner DSLR with a decent kit lens. Also, Panasonic G1, which has hi-res electronic view finder, only cost around $635, while GF1 without viewfinder cost more expensive. To be fair, GF1 has movie recording capability and 35% smaller in volume. Although Panasonic engineers have works very hard to trim things down, but still GF1 is too large to be acknowledge as compact camera. The GF1 price might be drop a bit after several months of release.
If budget is not a problem, then you need to decide whether to get higher image quality or portability.Related Post: