Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 is a new Micro Four Thirds camera launched by Panasonic on October 17, 2013. This camera has a body design that is small, even smaller than the Pentax Q7 and offers quality images with the same performance as GX7. GM1 is equipped with a sensor 16 Megapixel Digital Live Mos combined with Venus Engine processor and use the Micro Four Thirds system. In addition, there is also a 3.0-inch touch screen, recording Full HD 1080i AVCHD video at 60fps, Wireless connectivity, light speed AF and Focus Peaking, ISO25600 and continuous shooting mode of up to 5fps. As the camera is designed for enthusiast users who want a design that is smaller than a DSLR, but is able to produce better image quality than compact system cameras and smartphones, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 offer a compact body design made of Magnesium Alloy.

Back & Front view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1
Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Our Review

Features & Design

With picture quality and good performance, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 get a good position amongst GX7 and G6. It is a position that is able to attract the users keen to use this camera. When compared with the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II which has the same price, GM1 has a smaller body but offers a larger sensor. Small body design makes it more functional plus the materials used consist of die-cast aluminum and magnesium alloy. And to make it more compact, the Panasonic does not use a curved handle and use the front camera control buttons are smaller.

Upper view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 (credit: Panasonic)

In addition, GM1 is equipped with 3-inch touch screen that has the same resolution as GX7 1.036k. And also has features that are easy to use interface to camera settings like ISO, aperture, and shutter speed in the shooting as well as any other shooting mode. The camera is also supported by 23 creative background and 22 filter modes to help express your photographic skills. Not only that, GM1 using WiFi connectivity allows you to transfer photos and videos to compatible devices such as laptops and smartphones.

WiFi Functions of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 (credit: Panasonic)

Performance & Image Quality

Equipped with 16 Megapixel resolution sensor, Venus Engine processor, and a high ISO up to 25600 as well as other features, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 is expected to produce incredible images like GX7 and Olympus E-PL5. By using a contrast detection autofocus system, Panasonic claimed that this camera can autofocus quickly focuses only 0.06 seconds. But it can not be proved until the camera is commercially available in mid-December 2013.

This camera supports you to record Full HD 1080i / p at 60 and 24 frames per second in AVCHD format. Video can also be recorded in MP4 format which is easy to edit. The video voice is recorded with the built-in stereo microphone. During video recording, you can use continuous autofocus mode and tracking mode and set the exposure manually using the program AE, aperture-priority, shutter-priority, and manual exposure modes. Not only that, controlling autofocus and exposure can also be done using the touch screen to get focus more ideal, precise, and accurate.

Should I buy the camera?

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 worth buying with a price range of $749.00 – given the combination of 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds Digital Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine processor that was predicted to produce high quality images as well as the capabilities and features that are too high. But there are two competitors that need to be considered when you want to buy this camera is Sony Cybershot RX100 II and Fujifilm X-M1 is sold at the same price range but has some better features than GM1.

Rating: ★★★★½

Specifications

Image Sensor

Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds

Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)

Pixels Actual: 16.84 Megapixel, Effective: 16 Megapixel

Max Resolution 4592 x 3448 @ 4:3

Other Resolutions
+ 3232 x 2424 @ 4:3
+ 2272 x 1704 @ 4:3
+ 1824 x 1368 @ 4:3
+ 4592 x 3064 @ 3:2
+ 3232 x 2160 @ 3:2
+ 2272 x 1520 @ 3:2
+ 1824 x 1216 @ 3:2
+ 4592 x 2584 @ 16:9
+ 3232 x 1824 @ 16:9
+ 1920 x 1080 @ 16:9
+ 1824 x 1024 @ 16:9
+ 3424 x 3424 @ 1:1
+ 2416 x 2416 @ 1:1
+ 1712 x 1712 @ 1:1

Sensor Type / Size MOS, 17.3 x 13 mm

File Formats
+ Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
+ Movies: MP4, MPEG-4 AVCHD
+ Audio: AAC, Dolby Digital 2ch

Dust Reduction System Yes

Noise Reduction Yes

Memory Card Type SD, SDHC, SDXC

Recording

Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL

Resolution
+ 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
+ 1280 x 720: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps
+ 640 x 480: 30 fps, 25 fps

Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9

Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min 59 Sec

Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo,

Focus System

Focus Type Auto & Manual

Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M) , Flexible (AFF)

Viewfinder / LCD Display

Display Screen 3″ Rear Touchscreen LCD (1,036,000)

Screen Coverage 100%

Live View Yes

Exposure System

ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200-25600 (Extended Mode: 125-25600)

Shutter
+ Type: Electronic & Mechanical
+ Speed: 60 – 1/16000 sec
+ Type: Electronic & Mechanical
+ Speed: 1/30 – 1/16000 sec in Motion Images (NTSC) Mode
+ Type: Electronic & Mechanical
+ Speed: 1/25 – 1/16000 sec in Motion Images (PAL) Mode

Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multiple, Spot metering

Exposure Modes
+ Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
+ Metering Range: EV 0.0 – EV 18.0
+ Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in .3 EV steps)

White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Shade, White Set 1, White Set 2

Burst Rate
Up to 5 fps
Up to 4 fps
Up to 2 fps
Up to 40 fps
Up to 10 fps

Flash

Flash Modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Off, Slow Sync, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction

Built-in Flash Yes

Guide No. 13.12′ (4 m) ISO100

Max Sync Speed 1 / 150 sec

Dedicated Flash System TTL

Performance

Continuous Shooting Up to 40 fps

Self Timer 10 sec, 2 sec

Connectivity AV Output, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0

Wi-Fi Capable Yes

Battery

Type: 1x DMW-BLH7 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2VDC, 680mAh

AC Power Adapter DMW-AC8 (Optional)

Operating/Storage Temperature
Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 10 – 80%

Weight & Measure

Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.9 x 2.2 x 1.2″ / 98.5 x 54.9 x 30.4 mm including protrusions

Weight 7.20 oz / 204 g with battery and memory card

Video Reviews

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Sample Photos

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User Manual

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Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II Reviews

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II is a camera point-and-shot from Sony is equipped premises 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor, BIONZ image processor, Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T * f/1.8, 3-inch screen that can be tilted out, recording Full HD 1080i / p, as well as WiFi connectivity and NFC. The camera is sold at the same price range with GM1 around $748.00. This is a camera that offers high image quality with fast performance even in low light situations. Coupled with the features and controls are easy to use, RX100 II into a camera that you should consider when contemplating buying the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1.

Fujifilm X-M1 Reviews

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Fujifilm X-M1 is a compact camera system competitor both for GM1 where the camera is sold at a fairly competitive price around $699.00 (body only). This camera offers a sensor APS-C X-Trans CMOS 16.3 Megapixel resolution combined with EXR II processor for outstanding image capture. And is equipped with a 3-inch screen that can be tilted out, WiFi connectivity, 1080p Full HD video recording with stereo sound, ISO100-25600, and has a body design made of magnesium alloy. Can be seen from the features offered by the sensor and the camera is very competitive with GM1 and of course the price and picture quality are also competing. So it would not hurt you to consider before buying this camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1.


See also: Compact System Cameras | Digital Camera | Panasonic





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