Panasonic Camera Reviews

Click on the linked camera names below to be taken to the review (unlinked items are in process of being reviewed).

The following are the current Panasonic m4/3 cameras (lowest to highest):

  • GF5 — small, consumer-oriented compact-style body (Recommended and 2012 Entry Mirrorless Camera award winner)
  • GX1 — slightly larger enthusiast-oriented rangefinder-style body (Recommended)
  • G6 — enthusiast-oriented DSLR-style body (built-in EVF) with good video capabilities (Not yet reviewed)
  • GH3 — high-end DSLR-style body (built-in EVF) with extensive video capabilities, third generation (not yet reviewed)

Earlier models that may still be available new are:

  • G5 — enthusiast-oriented DSLR-style body (built-in EVF) with good video capabilities (not yet reviewed
  • GH2 — high-end DSLR-style body (built-in EVF) with extensive video capabilities (not yet reviewed)
  • GF3 — small, consumer-oriented compact-style body (Recommended)
  • GF2 — enthusiast-oriented rangefinder-style body (Recommended)
  • G3 — enthusiast-oriented DSLR-style body (built-in EVF) 

Models that are discontinued and widely available used:

  • GF1 — enthusiast-oriented rangefinder-style body (Recommended)
  • GH1 — high-end DSLR-style body (built-in EVF) with extensive video capabilities (not reviewed)

So What Would Thom Get?

While I haven't published all my Panasonic reviews yet, I've used virtually all the cameas listed above. If I had confined my shopping to m4/3 and specifically Panasonic, there are plenty of choices. So which one should you get?

Since the image quality tends to be very similar across the Panasonic line for any given generation, the question quickly devolves more to the style of camera you want. I actually very much like the GF5 as a small, simple body for casual shooting. If I'm doing shooting that's more planned and sophisticated, the GX1 and G6 become more interesting and the choice there really is mostly whether you like rangefinder or DSLR style cameras. While the GH3 is good and the clear choice if you're heavy into video, I don't think it adds enough over the G6 if you're the DSLR type of user. 

The older generation bodies (GH2, GF3, G3 mainly) are also very good choices and tend to be still available from online sources at very good prices.

There's really not a stinker in the bunch, so choose a Panasonic body based upon how it fits into your shooting style. Don't rule out a used or refurbished GF1, GF2, or GH1. They're not slouches, and the money you save could be put to acquiring more and better lenses while waiting for the exact m4/3 camera you want.

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