Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 in Photography

July 17, 2009, 11:26 PM
by Felisia A
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 review

The advanced technology of the LUMIX GH1 has enabled a level of image expression that never before existed.  It brings a gentle, soft focus to both photos and movies and enhances every single shot with the beauty of HD.  Its new kit lens also provides continuous auto focusing for both photos and movies, creating a next-generation interchangeable lens system camera.  The GH1 realizes creative images that exceed even your loftiest expectations.  All in the new GH1. Interchangeable Lens System Camera with Full-HD Movies - The Creative Way Full-HD Movie Recording in AVCHD With the GH1, shooting incredible photos is only part of the fun.  You can also shoot beautiful, richly detailed movies in full-HD (high-definition) (1920 x 1080) at 24 frames per second, or smooth HD (1280 x 720) movies at 60 frames per second in AVCHD (MPEG-4/H.264) with a continuous auto focus function.  Just press the Motion Picture button on the back of the camera, and shooting begins. New High-Performance Kit Lens for Outstanding HD Movies The GH1 kit is proudly equipped with the LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm / F4.0-5.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. lens.  This compact lens boasts a focal length of 28-280mm [35mm camera equivalent] and supports a continuous auto focus function that works for both photos and movies.  The aperture adaptively adjusts to each scene, letting you capture the kind of delicate, softly focused movies that only a digital interchangeable lens camera can produce.  Thanks to a silence design that helps surpress lens drive noise, the GH1 with its new kit lens records sounds with amazing clarity.  The GH1''s advanced kit lens also incorporates MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) that helps eliminate blurring from hand-shake. Enjoy the Freedom of Manual Settings in Creative Movie Mode The GH1 gives you more creative freedom.  It lets you adjust the shutter speed and aperture any way you like when shooting movies.  This gives you a wider range of expressive possibilities to explore in your movie making. An Audio Performance that Adds to Your HD Movies Just set the GH1 to iA mode, aim and shoot.  The iA does all the rest.  It automatically determines the most suitable Scene mode and helps correct blurring, focus, and brightness problems for bright, sharply focused HD movies. Enjoy the Beauty of Digital SLR - Quality Photos the Easy Way The Advanced iA Mode Uses Face Recognition to Remember Individual Faces The GH1 features an enhanced version of LUMIX''s clever iA mode that includes Face Recognition, a function that "remembers" registered faces.  When there''s a familiar face in the frame, it optimizes the focus and exposure so that the face is in sharp focus and bright.  This newly evolved technology makes it easy to get beautiful photos of a loved one in a group of people. Full-time Live View and Live View Finder:  See How the Image Will Turn Out Before You Shoot On the GH1, both the LCD and the Live View Finder boast true Full-time Live View capability.  Live View lets you see - before you shoot - how changing the shutter speed or aperture will affect the shot.  This makes it easier to capture a special shot or particular kind of image without shooting and reshooting again and again. Technology that Supports Beautiful HD Images Newly Developed 12.1-Megapixel Live MOS Sensor The GH1''s 4/3-type Live MOS sensor with 12.1 megapixels gives you the best of both worlds: the superior image quality and the lower power consumption.  It also adds a high-speed readout for recording HD movies.  You can record images with a 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio.  In each, you get the same angle of view and same outstanding image quality. The High-Speed, High-Performance Venus Engine HD The Venus Engine HD incorporates two CPUs.  This not only boosts image processing speed, it also helps achieve an exceptional noise-reduction performance.  Also, the two CPUs of the Venus Engine HD allow long-time movie recording in AVCHD while maintaining low power consumption.  And the Venus Engine HD features HDMI output too. Easily View Photos and Movies on an HDTV Just connect the GH1 to an HDTV and you''re ready to view your photos and movies in beautiful high-definition.  If your TV is HDMI compatible, a single HDMI mini cable (optional) is all you need.  If you have a Panasonic VIERA HDTV, you can use the VIERA remote control to operate the GH1, giving you even greater convenience. Camera Type Digital Interchangeable Lens Camera KEY FEATURES . InIntelligent Auto (iA) Mode MEGA O.I.S. Intelligent ISO Control Face Detection Intelligent Scene Selector Light Detection AF Tracking Camera Effective Pixels 12.1 Mega Pixels Optical Image Stabilizer < MEGA O.I.S. Image Sensor 14.0 Total MegaPixels Live MOS Sensor Primary Color Filter Image Sensor Size 17.3 x 13.0mm Dust Reduction System Supersonic wave filter Focal Length f=14mm to 140mm (35mm camera equivalent 28mm to 280mm) Lens Construction 17 Elements in 13 Groups (4 Aspherical Lenses, 2 ED lenses) Aperture Type td> 7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm Aperture Range F4.0(Wide) - F5.8(Tele) LENS SPECIFICATIONS . Mount Micro Four Thirds mount Closest Focusing Distance 0.50m / 1.64ft at all focal lengths Maximum Magnification Approx. 0.2x / 0.4x (35mm camera equivalent) Diagonal Angle of View 75° (W) ~ 8.8° (T) Filter Size ö62mm / 2.44 in Max. Diameter ö70mm / 2.76 in Overall Length (Lens only) Approx. 84mm / 3.31 in (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount) Weight (Lens only) Approx. 470g / 16.58oz PERFORMANCE FEATURES . Focus Type: Contrast AF system Mode: AFs/AFc/MF AF Detective Range: EV 0-18 (ISO100) AF mode: Face detection AF Tracking/23-area-focusing/1-area-focusing Others: Pre AF (Quick AF/Continuous AF), AF+MF, MF Assist (5x, 10x) AF/AE Lock Yes (AF/AE LOCK button or Shutter button halfway pressed in AFs mode) AF Assist Lamp Yes ISO Sensitivity Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / Intelligent ISO White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / Flash / White Set 1,2 / Color temperature setting White Balance Adjustment Blue/Amber Bias Magenta/Green Bias Color Temperature Setting 2500-10000K in 100K White Balance Bracket 3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis Exposure Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV Step, ± 3 EV Auto Bracketing ( AE ) 3,5,7 frame, in 1/3 or 2/3 EV Step, ±2 EV Light Metering System 144-zone multi-pattern sensing system Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center-weighted / Spot Metering Range EV 0-18 (F2.0 lens, ISO 100) Scene Modes SCN (Sunset / Party / Baby 1, 2 / Pet) Advanced Scene Mode Portrait: Normal/Soft Skin/Outdoor/Indoor/Creative Scenery: Normal/Nature/Architecture/Creative Sports: Normal/Outdoor/Indoor/Creative Night Portrait: Night Portrait/Night Scenery/Illuminations/Creative Close-up: Flower/Food/Objects/Creative Shutter Speed/Shutter System Type: Focal-plane shutter, Speed: 1/4000 ~ 60 and Bulb (up to approx. 4 minutes) Self Timer 2 seconds / 10 seconds / 10 seconds / 3 images Recording Format StStill Image: JPEG(DCF, Exif 2.21), RAW, DPOF compatible Still Image with Audio: JPEG(DCF, Exif 2.21) + Quicktime Motion Image: AVCHD / QuickTime Motion JPEG Image Quality RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB RECORDING IMAGE SIZE ( Pixels ) . 4:3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 4000 x 3000(L), 2816 x 2112(M), 2048 x 1536(S) 3:2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 4128 x 2752(L), 2928 x 1952(M), 2064 x 1376(S) 16:9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 4352 x 2448(L), 3072 x 1728(M), 1920 x 1080(S) Motion Image (4:3 Aspect Ratio) QVGA : 320 x 240, 30fps / VGA : 640 x 480, 30fps Motion Image (16:9 Aspect Ratio) td> WVGA : 848 x 480, 30fps CONVENIENCE FEATURES . Burst Shooting Mode 7 pics(when there are RAW file with the particular speed) Unlimited consecutive shooting (when no RAW file) (depending on memory card size, batt. power, pic size, & compression) For 3 frames/sec (High speed) or 2 frames/sec (Low speed) Unlimited Consecutive Shooting   1 Yes (when there are no RAW files) STANDARD FEATURES . Protection/Erase Protection: Single / Multi or Cancel Erase: Single / Multi / All / Except FAVORITE Built-in Flash Type/Mode Type: TTL Built-in-Flash, GN11 equivalent (ISO 100 ?m), Built-in Pop-up Mode: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off X-Sync Speed Less than 1/160 second Flash Synchronization 1st. Curtain Sync. , 2nd Curtain Sync. External Flash TTL Auto with FL220/FL360/FL500 (Optional) Viewfinder Live View Finder(1,440,000 dots equiv) Magnification: Approx. 1.4x/0.7x(35mm film camera equiv) w/50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1 Field of view: approx. 100% EyEye point: approx. 17.5mm Diopiter Adjust: -4.0 ~ +4.0 [m-1] LCD Monitor Type: Low temperature Polycrystalline TFT LCD Monitor Size: Free-angle 3.0inch / 3:2 Aspect / Wide viewing angler> Pixels: 460K dots Field of view: Approx. 100% Brightness Adjustment: Auto, Power LCD, Manual (7 levels) Live View Digital Zoom: 2x, 4x Extra Optical Zoom: Max.2x (Not effective with L size recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels and aspect ratio.) Other Functions: Guide Lines (3 patterns), Real-time Histogram Film Mode Color: Standard / Dynamic / Nature / Smooth / Nostalgic / Vibrant Black and white: Standard / Dynamic / Smooth Others: My Film1 / My Film2 / Multi Film OSD Language English, French, Spanish, Portuguese Recording Media SD memory card, SDHC memory card, MultiMediaCard Microphone Stereo, Wind-cut: on/off Speaker Yes Interface Digital: USB 2.0 (High Speed). Digital Video: miniHDMI TypeC. Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p (576p in PAL system) Audio: Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator.Analog Video: Stereo type, NTSC.Remote/External microphone input: ö2.5mm. stereo mini jack Direct Print PictBridge compatible (Print size, Layout, Date setting is selectable) Color Black Power Supply ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1250mAh) (Included) Battery Charger/AC Adapter (Input: 110-240V AC, DC Cable is required) Battery Life  2 CIPA Standard : Approx. 300 images(LCD) LVF : Approx. 320 images with LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. ACCESSORIES . Included Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.1 HD Edition SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 3.0 SE USB Driver Standard Accessories Battery Charger/AC Adapter, Battery Pack, Body Cap, AV Cable, USB Connection Cable, AC Cable, DC Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM Aspect Ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1 (Multi-aspect recording except 1:1) Movie Scene Mode PoPortrait/Scenery/ Sports/Low Light/Close-up (Flower/Food/Objects/Macro)/SCN (Sunset/Party/Portrait) (Select Still Image SCN mode then press Movie Button. Still Image SCN modes without corresponding Movie SCN mode is recorded in Normal %

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