The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 is the first of a new breed of digital cameras that features a large image sensor and accepts interchangeable lenses. Panasonic dubs this mirror-less DSLR as a Digital Interchangeable Lens camera.
The Lumix G1 is compact and elegant and targets those who are thinking of upgrading from their compact digital cameras (point-and-shoot or prosumer models) to a DSLR but who are hesitant due to the bulk and weight of the DSLR.
These users desire to upgrade to a DSLR for two main reasons:
to obtain better image quality than their compact digicams provide; and
to obtain faster performance.
The Lumix G1 addresses both of these concerns by: 1) using a much larger Live MOS sensor (compare the Live MOS sensor at 17.3 x 13.0 mm with the traditional 1/1.8-in. sensor at about 7.2 x 5.3 mm) and 2) using a new Contrast-Detect AF which works a lot faster than that used in current digicams.
With these two concerns handled, the Lumix G1 should be able to comfortably compete with entry-level DSLRs.
In addition, by doing away with the traditional reflex mirror / prism / viewfinder in a DSLR and instead using a high resolution Live View Finder (LVF) and Live View LCD display, the Lumix G1 succeeds in being the smallest DSLR ever -- even smaller than the current record holder, the Olympus E-420 DSLR. It is not pocket-sized but its large enough handgrip makes for comfortable holding.
The LVF sets a new standard in electronic viewfinders. Being electronic, it is able to give a 100% field of view and display all the information that usually appears only on the LCD. This SVGA EVF is bright, clear and sharp (technically, it has 800 x 600 = 480,000 dots but each dot reflects a red, green and blue signal very quickly in succession, so Panasonic claims it as having 1,440,000 dots equivalent). The LVF has a fast 60fps refresh rate for a smooth display. What should delight most users tired of small displays is how large the display of the LVF is: as large as the viewfinder display found on a full-frame DSLR!
The extra large 3.0-in. LCD is free-angle (i.e you can rotate it 180° side to side and tilt it 270° up and down) and has a high 460,000 dots resolution for a bright and sharp display. An Intelligent LCD function automatically increases the backlight brightness in bright sunlight according to the ambient light intensity and automatically adjusts the frame rate ("gains up") in dimly lit conditions according to the ambient darkness to help provide a better view in those challenging situations. The LCD is sharp enough to allow accurate manual focus. Its refresh rate is fast enough to allow tracking a moving subject.
An eye sensor besides the LVF automatically switches on the LVF (and switches off the LCD) when you look into it and switches it off (and switches the LCD on) when you remove your eye from it.
The Lumix G1 caters to both the point-and-shoot crowd with its Intelligent AUTO (iA) function, and PASM for full exposure flexibility and creative shooting freedom. Scene modes also help beginners ease into using the G1.
Other features include Dust Reduction and many of the features that Panasonic has popularized in its popular digicams. Two features not present are sensor-shift image stabilization (Panasonic sources Leica-branded lenses for the G1 and they include optical Image Stabilization already) and movie mode.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 is a Digital Interchangeable Lens camera that re-invents the DSLR and provides entry-level DSLR image quality and performance in a super compact and light body. It heralds a break from traditional DSLR development and is one of the most exciting digital camera introduced so far.
JPEG (Design rule for Camera File System, based on Exif 2.21 standard),
RAW, DPOF corresponding
4:3, 3:2, 16:9
4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4,000 x 3,000 pixels, 2,816 x 2,112 pixels, 2,048 x 1,536 pixels
3:2 Aspect Ratio: 4,000 x 2,672 pixels, 2,816 x 1,880 pixels, 2,048 x 1,360 pixels
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 4,000 x 2,248 pixels, 2,816 x 1,584 pixels, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels
RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Live View Finder (1,440,000 dots equivalent)
Field of View
Approx. 1.4x / 0.7x (35mm film camera equivalent) with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
Approx. 17.5 mm
-4.0 - +4.0 [m-1]
Contrast AF system
AFs / AFc / MF
AFs / AFc / MF
Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing
AF Detective Range
EV 0 - 18 (ISO100)
AF Assist Lamp
AF / AE LOCK button or Shutter button halfway pressed in AFs mode
Single / 12, 30-thumbnail display, Calendar display,
Zoomed playback (16x max.), Image rotation (except for RAW),
Slide show (duration is adjustable, also manual controllable),
Playback of favorite pictures / Resizing (selectable number of pixels),
Trimming / Protection / Aspect conversion / DPOF print setting
PROTECTION / ERASE
Single / Multi or Cancel
Single / Multi / All / Except FAVORITE
PictBridge (Print size, Layout, Date setting is selectable)
USB 2.0 High Speed
MiniHDMI TypeC (1.3b corresponding)
NTSC / PAL Composite (Switched by menu)
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English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese(Traditional), Chinese(Simplified), Dutch, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Finnish, Danish, Swedish
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Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2 V, 1,250 mAh) (Included)
Battery Charger / AC Adapter (Input: 110-240 V AC) (Optional DC cable (DMW-DCC3) is required)
CIPA Standard : Approx. 330 images (LCD)
LVF : Approx. 350 images
with LUMIX G VARIO 14-45 mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S.
PHOTOfunSTUDIO -viewer- 2.1 E
SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 3.0 SE
Battery Charger / AC Adapter, Battery Pack, Body Cap, Video Cable,
USB Connection Cable, AC Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM
Footnotes *Shooting conditions: 23°C with 50% humidity; LCD on**; using a Panasonic SD Memory Card (512MB); Using the supplied battery; Using the supplied lens; Starting recording 30 seconds after the camera is turned on(When the optical image stabilizer is set to [Mode1]) ; Recording once every 30 seconds with full flash every second recording; Turn the camera off every 10 recordings.
**The number of recordable pictures decreases in Auto Power LCD mode or Power LCD mode.
CIPA is an abbreviation of “Camera & Imaging Products Association”.
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