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 touchscreen 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.
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?
I spent almost 30 minutes online trying to figure out how to configure the Wi-Fi functions. Panasonic has three iOS apps 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. The performance was jerky.
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.
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 too much like a point-n-shoot. On the upside though, the GM1 does capture high-quality images. The ones shown here were taken last Sunday while my son and I picked up our produce from the Honey Brook Farm CSA in Pennington.