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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

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Boasting a 16-millon-pixel-sensor, interchangeable lenses and Wi-Fi in a palm-sized body, is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 the perfect balance between image quality and pocketability? Read the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review – Metering

A 1,728-zone multi-pattern sensing system is used to meter the exposures on the GM1. This is the same hardware we have seen in previous Panasonic G-series cameras, such as the Lumix DMC-G6, GF6 and GX7. The metering performs well in a variety of lighting situations, giving consistent exposures, but in some overcast landscape situations the metering slightly underexposes the images. This can be corrected by tapping the up direction on the D-pad and adjusting the exposure compensation setting by roughly +0.6 EV.

In most other scenes I found that the camera prioritises the midtones to give bright exposures that are rich in detail between shadows and midtones. This is good for users wishing to use images straight out of the camera. The highlights are sometimes lost, but there is rarely any shadow clipping.

The three metering modes available are multi-metering, centreweighted and spot, all of which return a good result. Spot metering can be linked with a focus point and, thanks to the touchscreen, it is quick and easy to operate.

  • Built-in Flash: Yes, GN 5.6m @ ISO 200
  • White Balance: Auto, 5 presets, 2 custom, Kelvin, all with fine-tuning
  • Video: Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50i AVCHD (PAL), 1920 x 1080-pixel MPEG-4 (24fps)
  • Shutter Type: Focal-plane shutter/electronic shutter
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Viewfinder Type: N/A
  • Output Size: 4592 x 3448 pixels
  • LCD: 3in, 1.036-million-dot touchscreen LCD
  • Field of View: N/A
  • AF Points: 23-area and touch-focus anywhere in the frame
  • White Balance Bracket: 3 frames
  • Sensor: 16-million-effective-pixel Live MOS sensor
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/50sec (internal only)
  • Focal Length Mag: 2x
  • Weight: 173g (body only), 274g (with kit lens, card and battery)
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, iA+, 24 scene modes
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion (220 shots)
  • Shutter Speeds: 60-1/16,000sec
  • File Format: JPEG, RW2 (raw), raw + JPEG, MPO (when attaching 3D lens in micro four thirds-system standard), AVCHD, MPEG-4
  • Drive Mode: Up to 5fps (with AF-S), 4fps (with AF-C, in 1-area-focusing AF mode) for 7 continuous shots in raw, unlimited JPEGs
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Exposure Comp: ±5EV in 1/3 steps
  • Lens Mount: Micro four thirds
  • RRP: £629 with 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens
  • ISO: 125-25,600 Auto (extended) – native 200-25,600
  • Focusing Modes: Contrast AF, single, continuous, manual, face detection, AF tracking, 23-area, 1-area, pinpoint, touch
  • DoF Preview: Yes, with shutter-speed simulation
  • Metering System: 1,728-zone, multi-pattern sensing system with options for intelligent multiple, centreweighted, spot
  • Dimensions: 98.5 x 54.9 x 30.4mm
  • Connectivity / Interface: Wi-Fi, Micro HDMI, USB 2.0
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • Tested as: Enthusiast CSC

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