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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 – Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video

Almost all the camera’s rear is taken up by a large 3in TFT LCD screen. This features touchscreen functionality and boasts a resolution of 1.036 million dots. That is a decent resolution and is on a par with, or better than, most cameras recently released. The refresh rate of the screen is good and in use it is very responsive. In bright conditions reflections did not present a problem, and the viewing angle is as good as it can get.

The responsiveness of the touchscreen is faultless, registering every intentional touch without issue. Swipe and pinch gestures also work well. Using a pinch gesture to zoom or to enlarge a focus point, or a swipe gesture to scroll through pictures, is intuitive and makes the camera very usable.

Many of the screen’s settings can be changed and adjusted inside the menus, including brightness, contrast, saturation, and red/blue bias. However, the default settings are really good and I never felt the need to change them, although it is of course nice to have the option.

Video can be captured at a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels at either 50i, 25p or 24p, as well as a lower-resolution setting of 1280×720 pixels at 50p. The stereo sound can be adjusted to four different levels and there is an option to minimise the muffled audio caused by wind passing over the microphone. This setting can be set to auto, turned off, or varied in intensity.

  • 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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