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Panasonic GF1 Review

Review Date: Dec 24, 2009

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
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Photoxels Editor's Choice 2009 - Digital Interchangeable Lens
Photoxels Editor's Choice 2009 - Digital Interchangeable Lens

Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 is the world’s smallest Interchangeable Lens System camera with a built-in flash and combines the photographic optics of a DSLR with the size and simplicity of a point and shoot. It delivers professional quality images without the bulk of a conventional DSLR thanks to its slim body and advanced high-speed Live View technologies.

The Lumix GF1 features 12.1MP resolution (on a 17.3 x 13.0 mm Live MOS Sensor), Dust Reduction, an extra large 3.0-in. LCD (460K dots) and HD Movie (1280×720 @ 30fps) in AVCHD Lite format. Its Contrast Auto Focus is as fast as the Phase-detection focus on entry-level DSLRs.

Panasonic GF1 Top View
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Beginner photographers will welcome familiar features such as Intelligent AUTO (iA) for both stills and movies, Intelligent Exposure, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent ISO Control, Face Detection AF/AE, Face Recognition, AF Tracking, Mega Optical Image Stabilization (lens based), and a built-in flash. More advanced photographers will appreciate PASM modes, a Shutter speed range of 60 – 1/4000 sec. plus Bulb (up to 4 min.), Continuous Shooting at 3fps, RAW file format, and a hot shoe. There is a built-in flash, AF Illuminator and the tripod mount is centered and inline with the lens.

Panasonic GF1 with Live View Finder

An optional Live View Finder, DMW-LVF1, snaps into the hot shoe to provide 100% coverage no matter which lens is attached. The view finder is tiltable 90°, making it convenient to take close ups and when the camera is on a tripod.

Panasonic GF1 System

The micro FourThirds (mFT) lens mount enables the use of smaller and lighter interchangeable lenses that perform at the same level as larger DSLR lenses. In addition, more than 20 available Leica M/R lenses or 30 Four Thirds lenses can be used with the Micro Four Thirds System standard GF1 (separate lens adaptor required).

As with the GH1, The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 is a Digital Interchangeable Lens camera that uses a large sensor in a compact body. It provides entry-level DSLR image quality and performance in a super compact and light body.

Take a look at the Panasonic GF1's cousin, the Olympus E-P1.

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Panasonic GF1
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 US | CAN | UK | Lumix
Image Sensor 12.1 million pixels, Live MOS sensor, 17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
Recording Format Still: JPEG, RAW
Video: AVCHD / QuickTime Motion JPEG
Media SD/SDHC
Viewfinder

Optional External Live View Finder for GF1

Shutter Speed 1/4000 ~ 60 and Bulb (up to approx. 4 minutes)
Burst 3fps
Exposure Control Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center-weighted / Spot
ISO sensitivity Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / Intelligent ISO
Autofocus Contrast AF
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / Flash / White Set 1,2 / Color temperature setting
Live View Guide Lines (3 patterns) / Real-time Histogram
LCD Monitor 3-in. 460,000-dot, with auto brightness adjustment
Movie HD 1280 x 720, 30fps
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 119.0 x 71.0 x 36.3 mm /
4.69 x 2.80 x 1.43 in.
Weight (Body only) Approx. 285g / 10.05 oz
MSRP  
- with LUMIX G 20 mm / F1.7 ASPH. (40mm equiv.) kit lens US $899.95 / CAD $1,899.99 / UK £1,299.99
- with LUMIX G VARIO 14-45 mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (28-90mm equiv.) kit lens US $899.95 / CAD $1,899.99 / UK £1,299.99

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- Panasonic GF1 Press Release US | CA | UK
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Technical Specifications
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 US | CAN | UK | Lumix
TYPE  
Type Digital interchangeable lens system camera
Recording Media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
Image Sensor Size 17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
IMAGE SENSOR  
Type Live MOS Sensor
Total Pixels 13.1 Megapixels
Camera Effective Pixels 12.1 Megapixels
Color Filter Primary color filter
Dust Reduction System Supersonic wave filter
RECORDING SYSTEM  
Recording File Format Still Image: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.21), RAW, DPOF compatible
Still Image with Audio: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.21) + QuickTime
Motion Image: AVCHD Lite / QuickTime Motion JPEG
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
File Size (Still Image) [4:3] 4,000 x 3,000 (L), 2,816 x 2,112 (M), 2,048 x 1,536 (S)
[3:2] 4,000 x 2,672 (L), 2,816 x 1,880 (M), 2,048 x 1,360 (S)
[16:9] 4,000 x 2,248 (L), 2,816 x 1,584 (M), 1,920 x 1,080 (S)
[1:1] 2,992 x 2,992 (L), 2,112 x 2,112 (M), 1,504 x 1,504 (S)
Movie File Size (Motion JPEG) [4:3] QVGA: 320 x 240, 30 fps / VGA: 640 x 480, 30 fps
[16:9] WVGA: 848 x 480, 30 fps
[HD] 1,280 x 720, 30 fps
Movie File Size (AVCHD)

NTSC: [HD] 1,280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 30 fps) (SH: 17 Mbps, H: 13 Mbps, L: 9 Mbps)

PAL: [HD] 1,280 x 720, 50p (sensor output is 25 fps) (SH: 17 Mbps, H: 13 Mbps, L: 9 Mbps)

Image Quality RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Continuous Recordable Time (Motion Images)** AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [SH]: Approx. 210 min with H-H020 / Approx. 170 min with H-FS014045
Motion JPEG with picture quality set to [HD]: Approx. 210 min with H-H020 / Approx. 170 min with H-FS014045
Actual Recordable Time
(Motion Images)**
AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [SH]: Approx. 110 min with H-H020 / Approx. 100 min with H-FS014045
Motion JPEG with picture quality set to [HD]: Approx. 110 min with H-H020 / Approx. 100 min with H-FS014045
VIEWFINDER (Optional)  
Type Optional External Live View Finder DMW-LVF1, tiltable through 90 degrees, slides into the hot shoe, 202,000 pixels, 60fps
AUTOFOCUS  
Type Contrast AF system
Focusing Mode AFs / AFc / MF
AF Mode Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing
AF Detective Range EV 0 - 18 (F3.5 lens, ISO 100)
AF Assist Lamp YES
AF Lock AF/AE LOCK button or Shutter button halfway pressed in AFs mode
Others Pre AF (Quick AF / Continuous AF), AF+MF, MF Assist (5x, 10x)
EXPOSURE CONTROL  
Light Metering System 144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Light Metering Mode Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Metering Range EV 0 - 18 (F2.0 lens, ISO 100)
Exposure Mode Program AE / Aperture Priority AE / Shutter Priority AE / Manual
ISO Sensitivity Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / Intelligent ISO
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV Step ±3 EV
AE Lock AF/AE LOCK button or Shutter button halfway pressed
AE Bracket 3, 5, 7 frames, in 1/3 or 2/3 EV Step, ±2 EV
WHITE BALANCE  
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / Flash / White Set 1, 2 / Color temperature setting
White Balance Adjustment Blue/amber bias, Magenta/green bias
Color Temperature Setting 2,500 K - 10,000 K in 100 K
White Balance Bracket 3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis
SHUTTER SYSTEM  
Type Focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed Still Images: 1/4,000 - 60 and Bulb (up to approx. 4 minutes)
Self Timer 2 sec / 10 sec / 10 sec, 3 images
Remote Control Remote control with bulb function by DMW-RSL1 (Optional)
SCENE MODE  
Still Image SCN Mode

Portrait / Soft Skin / Scenery / Architecture / Sports / Peripheral Defocus / Flower / Food / Objects / Night Portrait / Night Scenery / Illuminations / Baby 1, 2 / Pet / Party / Sunset

Movie SCN Mode

Portrait / Soft Skin / Scenery / Architecture / Sports / Flower / Food / Objects / Low Light / Party / Sunset
(Activated by selecting Still Image SCN mode then pressing Movie Button. Still Image SCN modes without corresponding Movie SCN mode is recorded in Normal mode or other related mode.)

MY COLOR MODE

Expressive / Retro / Pure / Elegant / Monochrome / Dynamic Art / Silhouette / Custom (Color / Brightness / Saturation adjustable)

BURST SHOOTING  
Burst Speed 3 frames/sec (High speed) or 2 frames/sec (Low speed)
Number of Recordable 7 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed)
Unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW files)
(depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
BUILT-IN FLASH  
Type TTL Built-in-Flash, GN6.0 equivalent (ISO100 · m), Built-in Pop-up
Flash Mode Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On / Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
X-Sync Speed Less than 1/160 second
Flash Output Adjustment 1/3 EV Step ± 2 EV
Flash Synchronization

1st Curtain Sync. and 2nd Curtain Sync.

Hot Shoe

TTL Auto with FL220 / FL360 / FL500 (Optional)

LCD MONITOR  
Type Low temperature Polycrystalline TFT LCD
Monitor Size 3.0 inch / 3:2 Aspect / Wide-viewing angle
Pixels 460,000 dots
Filed of View Approx. 100%
Monitor Adjustment Brightness (7 levels), Color (7 levels)
LCD Mode Off / Auto Power LCD / Power LCD
LIVE VIEW  
Digital Zoom 2x, 4x
Extra Optical Zoom Max. 2x
(Not effective with L size recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels and aspect ratio.)
Other Functions Guide Lines (3 patterns)
Real-time Histogram
FILM MODE  
Color Standard / Dynamic / Nature / Smooth / Nostalgic / Vibrant
Black and White Standard / Dynamic / Smooth
Others My Film 1 / My Film 2 / Multi Film
PLAYBACK  
Playback Mode Normal playback, 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (Max. 16x), Slideshow, Playback Mode (Normal / Picture / AVCHD Lite / Motion JPEG / Category / Favorite), Title Edit, Text Stamp, Resize, Trimming, Aspect Conversion, Rotate, Rotate Display, Print Set, Protect, Audio Dubbing
PROTECTION / ERASE  
Protection Single / Multi or Cancel
Erase Single / Multi / All / Except Favorite
PRINT  
Direct Print PictBridge compatible (Print size, Layout, Date setting is selectable)
INTERFACE  
Digital USB 2.0 High Speed
HDMI mini HDMI TypeC
Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p (576p in PAL system)
Audio: Dolby® Digital Creator
Audio Video Output Monaural Type, NTSC / PAL, NTSC only for North America
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the products that are available in your market.
Remote / External Microphone Input φ2.5 mm / --
Microphone Monaural, Wind-cut: Off / Low / Standard / High
Speaker YES
LANGUAGE  
OSD Language English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the OSD languages on the products that are available in your market.
POWER  
Battery

ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1,250mAh) (Included)
Battery Charger / AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240V AC, DC Cable is required)

Battery Life CIPA Standard***:
Approx. 380 images (LCD), Approx. 430 images (optional LVF) with H-H020
Approx. 350 images (LCD), Approx. 400 images (optional LVF) with H-FS014045
STANDARD ACCESSORIES
Included Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 4.0 HD Edition
SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 3.0 SE
USB Driver
Standard Accessories Battery Charger / AC Adaptor, Battery Pack, Body Cap, AV Cable,
USB Connection Cable, AC Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM
DIMENSIONS / WEIGHT
Dimensions (W x H x D) 119 x 71 x 36.3 mm /
4.69 x 2.80 x 1.43 in.
Weight

Approx. 285 g / 10.05 oz (Body only)


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