Flickr user uses face, hands, fingers and Mac to illustrate the size of the Lumix G1

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When it comes to the Lumix G1, Panasonic’s first compact-sized Micro Four Thirds SLR camera, there’s an unusual worry – that it’s going to be too small. This is the fist time in gadget history that “too small” has been a possible issue.

SLRs need space. They have buttons and dials, plus that big lens you’ll be needing to rotate to stop the pictures being blurry. A small camera body might make that difficult, which has got big-handed people worried that the G1 might be too small and therefore a bit clumsy and dangerously droppable. So Flickr user Luc Saint-Elie took some pictures of it. Here it is, along with her fingers, in an active use scenario.

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It seems to fit. Her fingers don’t seem painfully bunched or overly compacted, do they? And presumably, if you’re reading this, you’re not some sausage-fingered oaf and will have hands about the size of a lady’s, so won’t have a problem.

VERDICT: The Lumix G1 looks usable. It is not too small.

(Via Flickr)

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