Panasonic G1 - DSLR Killer?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by fivepoint, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. fivepoint macrumors 65816

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    Been reading lately about the new 'micro four thirds' format, and specifically the Panasonic G1 interchangeable lens camera. It has the same sensor as a normal DSLR, but forgoes the space-dependent mirror box. The image quality is supposedly equal to DSLRs of equal features, but at a MUCH smaller size.

    Is this the future of professional cameras? Will all professional cameras 5 years from now be half the size?



    http://www.dpreview.com/previews/PanasonicG1/

    http://gizmodo.com/5048807/panasoni...s-smallest-camera-with-interchangeable-lenses

    http://gizmodo.com/5051528/panasonics-tiny-lumix-dmc+g1-dslr+killer-does-shoot-hd-video
     
  2. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    NO. It may be the future of high end consumer level cameras. The G1 is not aimed at pros.

    Professional level cameras are heading up in size. Many pros at the hight end who can afford it are shooting with 645 format medium format digital. So called "full frame" DSLRs are getting more popular too as their price is coming down. People who care a lot about image quality will want the largest sensor they can afford
     
  3. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    Well, it has the same sensor as a 4/3-format dSLR anyway - which is the smallest dSLR sensor currently on the market. There are also usage considerations which will affect the quality of the image - for example, will people be using the viewfinder (camera against the face, fairly steady) or the live view screen (camera out away from the body, very unsteady) when framing their shot?

    I agree with Chris. I hope this portends the way P&S cameras are going - but it's not going to have a significant effect on the dSLR market (except perhaps at the lowest end, where people sometimes vacillate between a dSLR and a P&S).
     
  4. fivepoint thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Wouldn't you say that the same idea could potentially be applied to the larger formats as well? It seems the core idea here is the elimination of the mirror consequently reducing the necessary size, improving durability, and the overall number of parts to potentially fail.

    I know that this MODEL won't replace high-quality DSLRs... but do you think this is a implication of what's to come?
     
  5. wheelhot macrumors 68000

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    4/3-format DSLR as in APS-C size sensors?

    Oh yeah, saw the pics taken by the G1, not impressed, super grainy pictures at ISO800. I'm not sure if it has to do with the sensor size or with the image processing.

    Well it is possible that this might be the future of DSLRs but I will find it hard to believe if they are going to get a lot of people to replace all their lenses for smaller ones.
     
  6. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    For consumer level camera yes. Smaller is better but if you are selling high end equipment it will be a long, long time before the reflex assembly can be replaced by electronics. For that to happen the LCD will need to have the same resolution is an optical viewfinder. In other words the screen needs to be as good a "real life"

    Some day TV sets will be so good that you you will not even know you are looking at a TV. It will seem as if there was simply no wall in your living room and your sofa is on the 50 yard line of the football game. When this happens and they can make this screen tiny enough to go inside a camera then they can loose the mirror.
     
  7. gkarris macrumors 604

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    I found a wiki article on sensor size:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensor_size

    4/3 is less than say, Nikon or Canon. I just got an Olympus E-500 DSLR that is 4/3, yes some will say grainier, but I love it and got a good deal on a 2 lens kit ($500).

    This Panasonic has a Micro 4/3 System which is yet another type of format. You need an adapter to use regular 4/3 lenses.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Thirds_System

    I have a Panasonic FZ8 which is a like DSLR - and the Panasonics do tend to be very grainy by nature. I have a much older Olympus 5050 and the pic quality is better on that (though only 5 Megapix) since it has a higher quality sensor.

    I just got my DSLR and I will find it hard for a Point-And-Shoot or a Like-DSLR to compete with it.
     
  8. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    It doesn't look much smaller than my D40... what is it supposed to compete with?
     
  9. fivepoint thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Here's what DP review said:
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    The one in the center is the G1. The one on the right is a DSLR. The size difference is pretty obvious. It's supposed to compete with 4/3 DSLRs. Here are some other ways to visualize the difference:

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  10. cube macrumors G5

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    The G1 is too big. You shouldn't compare to that huge Panasonic DSLR, but to the Nikon D40/D40x/D60 or the Olympus E-400/E-410/E-420
     
  11. gkarris macrumors 604

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    ^^ It's going to be thinner without the Mirror Box and Prism Assembly as well as smaller lenses.

    Looks like it's more for people who don't want the bulk of a DSLR, but want the size of a like-DSLR but need lens interchangeability...

    Kinda like the old Pentax 110 SLR? :)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentax_Auto_110
     
  12. cube macrumors G5

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    m4/3 is for people not wanting that bulk, but not the G1, except for the new lenses.
     
  13. wheelhot macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, I don't get the idea of G1, it eliminates Mirror box which suppose to mean it should be smaller then any DSLR but it end up as big as a Oly E something and slightly smaller then a D40 and family?

    I prefer Olys idea of Micro FourThirds :D
     

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