Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale (2013)

A bit heavy for this late at night but Bhavana wanted a drink. I think we’ll both sleep well tonight.

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The Panasonic Lumix GM1 is TOO small.

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Panasonic DMC-GM1 (32mm, f/5.6, 1/1600 sec, ISO200)

I was looking forward to reviewing this camera but upon removing it from the camera bag and holding it in my hands I knew that I wouldn’t like it. It’s TOO small. Using the tiny buttons and touch screen controls while holding the camera is frustrating. I’m not a large man. I have small hands. Yet, I could barely use this camera. If it weren’t for the $750 price tag I might think that Panasonic designed this camera for children. Wealthy children.

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Panasonic DMC-GM1 (32mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec, ISO200)

The 12-35mm Lumix lens was equally disappointing. It has no manual focus ring. I had no way to test the quality of the focus peaking feature. This is my fault. Lensrentals.com offers other µ4/3 lenses that do have a focus ring. But I suspect using manual focus while holding this tiny camera would be frustrating. Did I already mention, I think the camera is too small?

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Panasonic DMC-GM1 (32mm, f/5.6, 1/1600 sec, ISO200)

I spent almost 30 minutes online trying to figure out how to configure the Wi-Fi functions. Panasonic has three iOS app in the iTunes store. At first, I couldn’t figure out which one I needed until after reading a few online forums. But once I got the right app it took me a lot of attempts before my iPhone successfully connected to the camera. The software is slow. Performance was jerky.

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Panasonic DMC-GM1 (32mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec, ISO200)

I used the app to control the Lumix GM1 but after an hour I still didn’t know how to shoot an image and wirelessly transfer to my iPhone or iMac. I had this figured out on the second day of the rental but by then I was so frustrated with the GM1 I didn’t feel like using it for anything except snapshots.

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Panasonic DMC-GM1 (32mm, f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO200)

I had the whole weekend with the GM1 but my first feelings never went away. This camera is TOO small. I’m not sure why Panasonic made this. It feels to much like a point-n-shoot. On the upside though, the GM1 does capture high quality images. The one’s show here were taken last Sunday while my son and I picked up our produce from the Honey Brook Farm CSA in Pennington.

Chinese Proverb

Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I will understand