Developed in 2008, Micro Four Thirds revolutionised the photographic market. The MFT system removed the reflex mirror and replaced it with a high quality electronic viewfinder that reads the image coming through the lens as it is focussed directly on the image sensor. The mirror-less system allows the sensor to be mounted much closer to the back of the lens, which in turn allows both the camera body and lenses to be smaller and lighter without compromising the image quality.
The size and type of sensor was a critical part in the development of Lumix G. 8x larger than the sensor used in a typical compact camera, and large enough to capture all the light coming through the lens without bending or distortion. The Micro Four Thirds sensor is almost as large as a Digital SLR APS-C sized sensor, but is designed to match the lens mount aperture perfectly, allowing the light to enter the camera in a straight line.
Dust particles on the image sensor have been a common problem with interchangeable lens cameras. It is important to take care not to allow particles to enter the camera body when swapping lenses. Panasonic have a Supersonic Wave Filter built in to our Lumix G models. The filter sits directly in front of the image sensor, preventing dust particles from adhering to the sensor directly. Every time the camera is powered up, the filter vibrates at such a high frequency that dust particles are literally shaken off.
Whatever photo opportunity arises, the growing number of creative lenses available for the Micro Four Thirds System ensures that you won't miss out. Over 30 models from manufacturers such as Olympus, Sigma, Leica and, of course, Panasonic are already available with more being added regularly.
The Micro Four Thirds system also supports the range of lenses available for the original Four Thirds standard, by way of the MA1 adaptor ring. Also for Leica enthusiasts, adaptor rings are available for the Leica M and Leica R lenses.
The 16 Mega Pixel Live MOS sensor delivers a high-speed readout. It not only delivers highly detailed images but also improves signal to noise ratio over our previous sensors by 100% in the ISO3200 range and 200% in the ISO6400 range.
Our fastest ever auto-focus speed can be obtained when combining this camera with the H-PS14042 power zoom lens. The combination of this lightning fast sensor and lens control means you get the action in focus more of the time.
Lumix G cameras can focus across the entire area of the image sensor. Conventional DSLR cameras only allow focus points across a limited area of the picture, but with the full area focus system even subjects close to the edge of the frame can be chosen as a focus point. With Touch-screen focusing also offered on the LCD, this makes it even easier to choose the focus point by just touching the subject on the LCD screen.
A very useful feature when using manual focus is the ability of the camera to display an enlarged focus area of up to 10x normal size in order for you to check the accuracy of the focus point.
Focus accuracy down to a tiny area is possible with Pinpoint Focus mode, enabling focus to be pinpointed to exactly where you need it.
When shooting video for playback on a Full HD TV, AVCHD offers amazing high quality recording. 50i is supported at FHD 1080 resolution and 50p at HD 720 resolution.
Also offered in video record mode is MP4 (H.264) format recording. High Definition video including 1920x1080 can be shot at 25 Progressive frames per second.
Due to the mirror-less design and Contrast Auto Focus system, auto focussing is continuously available during video recording.
The wide viewing angle of the large 3.0 inch, 460,000 pixel LCD offers greater flexibility when getting the camera in position to take the shot. In addition Panasonic have also made it a smart touch screen so that you can enjoy features like Touch Shutter, Touch AF Tracking and Touch Zoom (when Power Zoom lens is fitted).
iA mode is a feature of all Lumix models and it lets you take the picture without you having to worry about what settings to use. The camera intelligently works out the type of scene that you are trying to capture.
iA+ allows an element of fine tuning to the focus, colour and brightness settings allowing you to easily experiment with the overall look of the shoot before you take the picture.
Two high-speed burst modes are offered. At full resolution (16MP) it is possible to capture up to 4.2 frames per second. Also when the action is mega fast, there is the option of super high speed which shoots 20 fps at a resolution of 4 Mega Pixels.
A handy Level Gauge is provided on the display that helps you to correctly align the camera. Whether shooting in a landscape or portrait orientation, the camera's internal gyro sensor always knows the angle of the camera and displays guide lines on screen to help you hold the camera level.
The GX1 has up to 4 function button options, two on the body of the camera and two on the LCD screen. Each FN button can be assigned to your favourite feature so that you always have those preferred settings to hand.
To help you learn to shoot like a pro photographer, Panasonic have introduced a scene guide that shows you what your pictures could look like with the correct settings. 23 professionally shot photographic scene examples are pre loaded in the camera. You select the one that you wish to try and emulate and the guide explains how to do it.
Up to 8 creative filter effects can be selected before taking your shot: Expressive, Retro, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Miniature and Toy Photo.
A new graphics processor has been added to the Venus Engine that enables high quality graphics for the menu system and allows the menu to be customised by the user with their preferred wallpaper or background image.
The GX1 supports an interface for the optional Live View Finder DMW-LVF2. This highly-spec'd electronic viewfinder is easily attached to the hot-shoe connector supplying power for the 1.44M dot display. It offers a 100% field of view and a 1.4x magnification of the image from the sensor. It also usefully tilts through 90 degrees allowing for low angle shooting.
Despite the compact body size of the camera, a pop-up flash is provided for those occasions when you need a little extra light. The guide number of 7.6 means the flash will illuminate objects up to approximately 7.6 feet from the camera when using the kit lens.
Supplied as a high quality kit lens, the H-FS014042 is a standard zoom lens offering a zoom length of 3x. Aspherical lenses contribute to the high resolution and performance, making this lens a cut above most other kit lenses.
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