Panasonic Lumix GM-1 Takes Small to a New Level

Special Guest Post by Mark Toal

Panasonic Lumix GM-1

Last week Panasonic announced the smallest Micro Four-thirds camera to date, the Lumix GM-1. I don’t normally get to use a preproduction version of a camera as I did with the GM-1 but a few weeks ago I was in Seattle and got a chance to shoot with the GM-1.

When it was handed to me I was amazed how any interchangeable lens camera could be this small. The height and width are slightly smaller than my iPhone. When I was told that I could use it for the evening, we walked around Seattle and went to the top of the Space Needle and I was anxious to see if I would like this little camera.

Panasonic Lumix GM-1

The Lumix GM-1 has the same image sensor as Panasonic’s GX-7 so I already knew that the image quality would be great. The new and very small 12-32mm lens was the variable. I’d always loved working with a 24mm lens and have been frustrated by kit lenses that start at a 28mm equivalent.

Panasonic Lumix GM-1

The photos you see here should be  considered pre-production samples and should not be used to judge the quality of the final production camera’s images but as you can see they are very good. I was pretty amazed for a camera and lens this small. Add with its built in Wi-Fi and 1080P video this might be the perfect street photographers camera.

Panasonic Lumix GM-1

Special Note: I will be attending PhotoPlus Expo in New York City next week (10/24-10/25) and invite readers to stop by the Panasonic booth and say hello.

Mark.selfieMark Toal works for Panasonic as a training representative in Portland, Oregon. His views on this blog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more of Mark’s photos on his web site at Mark can be contacted at

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