Today, I decided to finally try and put the GF-1 flash to some use and also make use of the macro capability of the A12 module.
To be honest I have never really seen the point of using a bis sensor for macro photography where a small sensor does a much better job and macros are usually low ISO pictures anyway. Since the macro AF is completely useless on the GXR and never manages to focus on anything I had to use manual focus for this picture. And trust me, manual focus on a black screen is great fun ;). Since improvising is fun, I made use of the flashlight application for the iPhone to get enough light to focus.
Now, the GF-1 flash is huge and I really don't understand what the point of it is since it completely unbalances the camera. Although I am not a huge fan of flash photography, I decided to see if it's at least usable as off camera flash to be remotely triggered by the on-board flash. This works indeed much better and means it's the only way you would use the GF-1.
This is the best picture of my trials and I know two things now. First, I still don't see the point of using a large sensor for macro and second, flash use is nice but not for me.