Smartphone cameras do a very good job of taking your everyday pictures. So much so that unless it’s a very special occasion, you’d keep your standalone camera at home. That’s been the case with my Panasonic GF1. It has rarely seen daylight save for some birthday celebrations.
A trip to Singapore provided the best excuse to whip out the GF1 to see the type of images it could capture in 2019 – 10 years after its release.
GF1 Quick Background
Release date: September 2009
The GF1 is a mirror-less interchangeable lens camera from Panasonic that utilised the micro four thirds system. What was special about the GF1 was that it was the first camera after a line of cameras (DMC-G1,G2,G3,G5) that really felt compact. This was due to an exclusion of the view finder that was found on those models. The camera size, the ability to take close to a DSLR image quality AND being able to swap lenses made the GF1 a dream camera for photography enthusiasts.
The images below were taken during a trip to the Singapore. The lens used is a 20mm F1.7 prime lens. All images are uncropped. Resolution is at 4000 x 3000.
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is really a sight to behold. It’s just surreal – having a giant waterfall surrounded by lush greenery – which is all man made. The prime lens was put into good use in this setting especially when you’re surrounded by plants.
The Singapore Zoo is probably the most renowned zoo in South East Asia. Home to 300 species of animals and covering 26 hectares, the Singapore Zoo is a must visit for tourists. In terms of picture taking opportunities, it was more limited due to the prime lens as I wasn’t able to zoom.
There weren’t many things that stood out in the city. However, at a rooftop playground in VivoCity, these giant fixtures just shouted ‘take me!’. The remaining were taken in Orchard and Bugis.
I have to say that I came away impressed at some of the images taken. Though without features found on new cameras (i.e optical image stabilisation) the GF1 performed admirably well. Images were sharp, colours were natural and bokeh wasn’t as harsh as I expected it to be. Until I find a more compelling reason to upgrade my camera, I will definitely be keeping the GF1 with me.