DIWA, the Digital Imaging Websites Association, honors the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G1 with a DIWA Gold Award. The G1 is the first interchangeable lens system camera that does not use the customary mirror in SLR cameras.
DIWA says their awards are issued on the basis of scientific test results from the DIWA Labs and evaluations on more than 200 different criteria carried out by DIWA members.
The group cites the Panasonic G1 as revolutionary. â€œThe revolutionary and ultra-compact 12.1 Megapixel Panasonic LUMIX G1 is the first camera featuring the Micro Four Thirds System standard, and the first mirror-less system camera of its kind,â€ it said. â€œInstead, a large, high resolution electronic viewfinder and a 3-inch vari-angle LCD monitor provide permanent Live View. Yet, the G1 challenges todayâ€™s most compact digital SLR cameras in terms of size and weight. DIWA experts also appreciated the cameraâ€™s outstanding image quality, smart design and innovative possibilities.â€