Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 SLR Review

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Features & Controls (cont.)

Panasonic DMC-G1 SLR

Controls on the grip include the shutter release with control wheel mounted out front. Next you can see the Q.Menu and Film mode buttons. The Mode dial has positions for iAuto (intelligent), Program AE, Aperture and Shutter priorities, full Manual, Custom, Color, SCN, Night portrait, Sports, Macro, Landscape, and Portrait exposure modes. The Drive mode selector and main power switch are mounted around it.




Panasonic DMC-G1 SLR


On the back is a 270 degree rotating 3.0-inch, 460,000-dot, polycrystalline TFT color LCD. When using this monitor to frame your shots, it offers 100% frame coverage.




Panasonic DMC-G1 SLR


Controls on the back: Top left you can see the LVF/LCD button. To the right of the optical viewfinder you can see the Play and AF/AE Lock buttons. To the right of the LCD you can see the Display button, which controls the amount of information that is overlaid on the LVF or LVF.

Next, we have the 4-way controller. It's used to navigate the menu system, press it 'up' to adjusts the ISO, 'right' for white balance, 'down' for Fn (default is metering mode) , and left to choose the AF area mode. Lastly we have the Preview/image delete button.




Panasonic DMC-G1 SLR

Here you can see the Shooting Info display. When you are not using Live View mode, this graphical interface shows many of the selected exposure settings, much like the monochrome LCDs did on older dSLR models.

Shooting Info display:


    20 - Recording mode
    19 - Aperture value
    18 - Shutter speed
    22 - AF frame setting
    10 - Battery indicator
    14 - Number of recordable pictures
    16 - ISO
    15,28,29 - White balance, WB bracket, WB fine adjustment
    21 - Metering mode
    9 - Intelligent exposure
    1,23,24 - Flash mode, Flash output adjustment, 2nd curtain sync
    6,25 - Picture size, Extended optical zoom
    7 - Quality
    2 - Film mode
    17, 30 - Exposure comp. value, Manual exposure assistance, My color mode




Secure Digital Storage

Panasonic DMC-G1 SLR

The DMC-G1 is equipped with a Secure Digital (SD) memory card slot and is compatible with any capacity SD, SDHC or MMC card. Shown here with a SanDisk Extreme III High-speed 1GB SD card.


Approx. Storage Capacities

Panasonic DMC-G1 SLR

Panasonic DMC-G1 SLR

Panasonic DMC-G1 SLR





I/O Interfaces

Panasonic DMC-G1 SLR

The I/O ports are on the left side. At the top is the port for the optional DMW-RSL1 (approx. $79) remote shutter release. Next is the MiniHDMI Type C I/O port for full HD output. Last we have the combination port on the bottom that handles both standard definition A/V OUT (user- selectable NTSC or PAL) for output to a TV monitor as well as USB 2.0 (high-speed) connectivity for transferring image data to the host computer.




Power Source

Panasonic DMC-G1 SLR

The DMC-G1 uses a 7.2V 1250mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery pack. It is recharged with the supplied Quick Charger. Panasonic claims the battery life is sufficient for capturing 330 frames with the LCD or up to 350 using the LVF.


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