Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 SLR Review
By Mike Flacy
Features & Controls (cont.)
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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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