Panasonic Lumix GX1….user interface.

Panasonic Lumix GX1 gray body

Panasonic Lumix GX1+PZ14-42mm
Original filter size is odd 37mm.  But to share with other lens, I am using step-up ring and 52mm filter.

It has been about 3 weeks since I started using Panasonic Lumix GX1.

It has been the first camera since I bought previous Leica Digilux 3 5 years ago.

What I noticed about this camera is….the user interface is quite well designed.

UI of Panasonic GX1

UI of Panasonic GX1
Black plastic on monitor is a bracket for Monitor shade…which I don’t need very often.


The back dial is for changing Aperture / Shutter speed or Program shift which is depends on the AE mode. When you press the dial, Exposure compensation works.

There are total 4 buttons which you can customize as you want.

In my case,

  1. Fn1 button is for AF mode
  2. Fn2 is default AF/AE lock
  3. Fn3 on right hand bottom is Flash exposure compensation
  4. Fn4 below Fn3 is for Image Stabilizer mode

This way, I don’t have to go back to menu to look for something at all.

This monitor is touch screen, but you can do most of the things without touch screen as well.
Touch screen does not mean to be always good.

Today, cameras come with so many functions…but at the same time, quite many of them are very hard to control. You will have to open menu and look for what you want to do…..

Actually, when I played with SONY NEX, I found it was quit hard to operate. SONY used to have quite good user interface which was taken over from Minolta, but seems like it is already gone.

No matter how good the camera is, I don’t want to use without sophisticated user interface.


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