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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

Metering

Spot metering for the white of the flowers in this image ensures there are no blown-out highlights

Overall, the 144-zone metering system is intelligent and very reliable. Set to its multi-pattern evaluative mode, exposures are often a fraction on the bright side and benefit from underexposure by a good 1⁄3EV.

Although the evaluative metering system is pretty reliable and exposure compensation is quick to dial in, I found myself using spot metering a lot more than usual. This is because it is so easy to select the point by touch on the screen anywhere within the frame that it offers the utmost accuracy for the desired subject, and with the minimum of fuss.

When using spot metering, the size of the spot area can be selected from one of four sizes, the largest of which covers roughly 30% of the frame. For critical spot metering the smallest size is preferable, and on-screen appears to cover no more than 2% of the total frame.

 

  • 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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