Panasonic DMC-GH1 Review

Review posted 11/2/2009

In late 2008, Panasonic launched the Lumix DMC-G1, the worlds first Micro 4/3 dSLR system. Shortly thereafter, the highly anticipated Lumix DMC-GH1 was introduced, which is basically an updated G1 that adds one feature that was missing from its predicessor; HD video capture.

The second Micro 4/3 model Panasonic has released, the GH1 offers advanced video options with the ability to record AVCHD 1080p (24fps) HD video. In addition, Panasonic has added a variety of supporting feartures, like Stereo microphones, an external microphone input, and a newly developed Micro 4/3 lens; the LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. This new M4/3 lens was designed specifically to compliment the GH1's HD video function, with features like a silent AF motor and continuous auto focusing.

Panasonic DMC-GH1 Features:

  • 12.1-Megapixel Live MOS imager yielding 4000x3000 pixel images (4:3 aspect ratio)
  • Choose from 4:3, 3:2, and 16:9 aspect ratios
  • Micro Four-Thirds lens mount system
  • Compatible with Four Thirds mount lenses using optional adapter (DMW-MA1PP)
  • New kit lens optimized for the camera's HD capabilities with silent AF motor and continuous AF support
  • Venus Engine HD image processor
  • Supersonic Wave Filter Dust Reduction System
  • iAuto (intelligent), Program AE, Aperture/Shutter Priority, Full Manual, and Custom exposure control
  • 5 Standard + 5 Advanced pre-programmed Scene modes as well as My color mode
  • AVCHD video recording @ 1080p (1920x1080, 24fps) or 720p (1280x720, 60fps)
  • Standard video recording at VGA (640x480), QVGA (320x240), and WVGA (848x480) @ 30fps
  • Compressed RAW and JPEG (Fine/Standard) formats, including RAW+JPEG (Fine or Standard)
  • TTL Auto White Balance with several presets, custom set, and White Balance Adjustment
  • Shutter speeds from 1/4000 to 60 seconds and Bulb (approx. 4 minutes)
  • Burst shooting at 3fps with unlimited consecutive shooting of JPEGs
  • Contrast Detect AF system with AF Tracking, 23-area-focusing, and 1-area-focusing modes
  • 3.0-inch 270 degree rotating color LCD with 460,000 pixels (100% frame coverage)
  • Electronic Viewfinder or 'LVF' (Live View Finder) with 17.5mm eye point and diopter adjustment, and 100% frame coverage
  • Auto ISO sensitivity or fixed from 100 to 3200 as well as Intelligent ISO
  • Built-in Pop-up flash unit + hot shoe for external units
  • Noise Reduction for long exposures
  • SD/SDHC/MMC memory card storage
  • Selectable video output with NTSC or PAL format
  • HD output via MiniHDMI Type C I/O port
  • Built-in stereo microphones + a microphone input jack for an external unit
  • USB 2.0 (High-speed) data and control interface
  • Powerful DMW-BLB13PP 7.2V 1250mAh Li-ion battery pack and compact DE-A49 AC charger

The DMC-GH1 Camera Kit includes:

  • DMC-GH1 body
  • LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. lens
  • Battery Charger/AC Adapter
  • Battery Pack
  • Body Cap
  • AV Cable
  • USB Connection Cable
  • AC Cable
  • DC Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CD-ROM
  • Manuals

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