Panasonic introduces the premium compact-style Lumix DMC-GX1, its fourth current compact system camera in the range that packs the same number of pixels as its larger siblings

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 review


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The Competition

When it comes to a camera using the four thirds sensor, the closest rival to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 is the Olympus Pen E-P3. There are several similarities, including the near identical size, touch-sensitive LCD screen, metal body and lack of a built-in viewfinder.

The E-P3’s 12.3-million-effective-pixel sensor has a significantly lower output, though. Given the GX1’s premium feel, metal body and rangefinder style, a couple of other competitors are the Sony NEX-7 and the Fujifilm FinePix X100.

Both these cameras use larger APS-C sensors and feature built-in viewfinders. They also command a higher price (around £1,000 for the NEX-7 and £850 for the X100), although this is not the case once the £239 of the optional LVF2 viewfinder for the GX1 is factored in.







White Balance:Auto, 5 presets, 2 custom, Kelvin, all with fine-tuning
Video:Full 1920×1080, 50i AVCHD 25fps (PAL), 1920x1080 MPEG-4 (30fps)
Built-in Flash:Yes. GN 7.6m @ ISO 160 (6.3m @ ISO 100)
Shutter Type:Focal-plane shutter
Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Viewfinder Type:Optional LVF2 electronic viewfinder
Output Size:4592x3448 pixels (15.8 million pixels)
LCD:3in, 460,000-dot touchscreen LCD
Field of View:100% on LCD
White Balance Bracket:3 frames
AF Points:23-area and touch focus anywhere in the frame
Sensor:16-million-effective-pixel Live MOS
Max Flash Sync:1/160sec
Focal Length Mag:2x
Exposure Modes:Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, iA+, 17 scene modes
Connectivity / Interface:Mini HDMI, digital/video out, remote release
Power:Rechargeable Li-Ion
Weight:272g (body only) or 413g (with battery, card and 14-42mm lens)
Shutter Speeds:60-1/4000sec, bulb
File Format:JPEG, RW2 (raw), raw + JPEG, MPO (when attaching 3D lens in micro four thirds-system standard), AVCHD, MPEG-4
Drive Mode:4fps for 7 frames in raw, 20fps or unlimited JPEGs at a reduced 4-million-pixel resolution
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
Compression:2-stage JPEG
Metering System:144-zone, multi-pattern sensing system with options for spot, centreweighted and multi-segment metering
Exposure Comp:±5EV in 1/3 steps
Lens Mount:Micro four thirds
Focusing Modes:Single, continuous, manual, face detection, AF tracking, 23-area, 1-area-focusing, pinpoint, touch
DoF Preview:Yes, with shutter speed simulation
Tested as:High-end CSC
  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 review - Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and Handling
  4. 4. White Balance and Colour
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Noise, Resolution and Sensitivity
  8. 8. Dynamic range
  9. 9. Viewfinder, LCD and Video
  10. 10. Our Verdict
  11. 11. The Competition
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