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3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1


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Price as Reviewed:

£499.99

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

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
  • Dimensions: 116x68x39mm
  • 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
  • ISO: 160-12,800
  • 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

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