Features & Controls

Micro 4/3 Lens Mount

Above you can see the GH1's Micro 4/3 lens mount. Panasonic and Olympus have worked side by side on this mirror-less mount system, by reducing the distance between the mount and the image sensor by 50%; from 40mm with the standard 4/3 system to approx. 20mm with the newer Micro 4/3 specification. This has allowed them to reduce the size of these cameras considerably compared to a typical 4/3 dSLR.

One concern many have posted is the fact that dust can now fall directly on to the image sensor. To combat this, Panasonic has included a Supersonic Wave Filter Dust Reduction System. This system is designed to prevent dust from adhering to the image sensor by vibrating it at 50,000 times per second, helping the filter repel dust and other particles.


On top is the focus control switch with options for AFS (Single), AFC (Continuous), and MF (Manual). You can also see the flash pop-up release to the right.

Panasonic DMC-G1 SLR

To use some of your existing 4/3 system lenses, Panasonic does offer the DMW-MA1 mount adapter. However, continuous autofocus can not be used as well as some other functions. Hopefully, more Micro 4/3 lenses will be released in the near future.


The DMC-GH1 is sold as a body/lens outfit only, and Panasonic has paired it with an all new LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S. lens. They claim this new unit boasts an equivalent focal range of approx. 28-280mm, and supports continuous autofocus in both still and video modes. This kit lens also incorporates Panasonic's legendary MEGA O.I.S. image stabilization system that will help you better capture blur free photos as wel as steady hand-held video.


The built-in flash unit has a Guide Number of 11 (ISO 100). This manual pop-up speedlite has modes for Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, and Forced Off. You can shoot at synchronized speeds up to 1/160 second.


On top you'll find the hot shoe for using external speedlites, like the Panasonic's DMW-FL500 (shown below). Located in front of the hot shoe are the Left and Right stereo microphones.

Panasonic FL-500

The DMW-FL500 offers a motorized zoom head and powerful AF-assist beam. This dedicated flash unit has a guide number of 50, with a angle zoom function which covers a lens range of 24-85mm (35mm camera equivalent). Using the built-in wide panel further extends coverage to a viewing angle of 18mm. The firing angle can also be automatically changed to create a bounce lighting effect.



The GH1 offers the same electronic viewfinder or 'LVF' (Live View Finder) that we saw on the G1. This viewfinder is simply a a tiny LCD in a magnified eye piece (1.4x) that offers 1.4 million dots. Unlike optical viewfinders, this unit provides 100% field of view coverage, a 17.5mm eye point, comfortable rubber eye cup, and -4.0 ~ +4.0 diopter adjustment. To the right of the LVF is a sensor that turns this display on when you put your eye up to it.

To the left you can see the LVF/LCD button to switch between monitors, and on the right is the Play and AF/AE Lock buttons.


You can choose from two different viewfinder settings for the LCD/LVF. Each mode shows the same icons, with only a slightly different viewing area/style (see illustrations above).

The DMC-G1 LCD/Viewfinder display:

    1 - Flash mode
    2 - Film mode
    3 - Optical Image Stabilizer/Jitter alert
    4 - Drive mode (Only displayed in the LCD recording information window)
    5 - Video Rec mode/Rec quality
    6 - Picture size
    7 - Quality
    8 - LCD mode (Only displayed in the LCD monitor)
    9 - Intelligent exposure
    10 - Battery indication
    11 - Card
    12 - Recording state/Focus
    13 - AF area
    14 - Dial operation guide/Elapsed recording time
    15 - Number of recordable pictures
    16 - White balance
    17 - ISO sensitivity
    18 - Exposure comp. value
    19 - Shutter speed
    20 - Aperture
    21 - Recording mode
    22 - Metering mode
    23 - AF mode

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