This was a hard one but for frame rates and practical usage the GH1 in my opinion beat the competition. The main reason I choose this HSLR is it was the first and only swivel viewfinder camera to appear during 2009.
I was further convinced by Joe Shaw’s “Salsa Kingdom” shot entirely with the GH1 although not with the stock lens, though thats OK as interchangeable means not having to stick to stock lenses.
With the swivel viewfinder this DSLR is the only model to come close to a video camera in usage and the AVCHD is a standard video codec which saves conversion time. Personally I think this is the cinderella of HD DSLR’s, the Canon’s are all getting huge hype while this camera hits far more sweet spots than a 7D.
Well done Panasonic for their well deserved title of “Best HD HSLR of 2009”.