Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Summary
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Assessment
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 squeezes excellent image-quality comparable to modern mirrorless digital cameras and fast performance into a compact camera-size body. This alone justifies this digital camera as a compelling offer.
This mirrorless produces well-exposed images with low noise. Its fine image-parameters allow the GM1 to render photos with nice color and contrast. Auto WB is good and requires minimal intervention.
The powerful processor in the GM1 lets it quickly focus under most circumstances and capture full-resolution images at 5 FPS or full 1080p HD video at 30 FPS. The dual shutters give this camera a 1/16000 - 60s shutter-speed range which is rarely matched.
There are entirely expected compromises on the GM1. Having such a small body with a complete feature-set makes it difficult to operate. The single control-dial and its model EC interface makes accidental changes very easy. Battery-life is notably short too.
Size matters, for cameras at least. While a large model offers comfort and feature accessibility, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 provides unparalleled access to high image-quality and versatility for its size.
|Low image noise until ISO 1600||Slight image softness from base ISO|
|Well-balanced metering||Dynamic-range not as wide as competition|
|Good color and WB||Modal EC interface|
|Speedy autofocus||Small cramped controls|
|Fast and highly responsive||Preview not always Exposure-Priority|
|Short shutter-lag||Wrong Live-Histogram|
|Instant video capture||Video clips last second|
|Calibratable LCD||Poor battery-life|
|Extremely compact for a mirrorless||Good Good|
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Panasonic DMC-GM1 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|16 Megapixels Mirrorless||ISO 125-25600|
|Micro Four-Thirds Mount|
|2 Axis Digital Level||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|5 FPS Drive, 7 Images||Spot-Metering|
|1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|3" LCD 1 Megapixels||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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