Panasonic Lumix G1 Compact System Camera Kit - Black (12.1MP)
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- High-Performance 12MP Digital Camera with 4/3-type Live MOS Sensor
- Perfect Shot Preview with Full-time Live View and 3 inch LCD
- Venus Engine HD Processor for Reduced Image Noise and Enhanced Colour
- Advanced AF Featuring iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode
- Built-In Dust Reduction System (Supersonic Wave Filter)
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|Display Size||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||12,100,000 pixels||16.1||12.1||20.1||16||20.1|
|Has Image Stabilization||Yes||—||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Item Dimensions||12.4 x 4.52 x 8.36 cm||11.82 x 13.02 x 9.7 cm||10 x 10 x 10 cm||71.7 x 6.1 x 42.9 cm||11.35 x 9.49 x 7.83 cm||73.5 x 6 x 44.6 cm|
|Item Weight||385 grams||0.56 kg||0.54 kg||0.63 kg||0.54 kg||495 grams|
|Max Focal Length||—||1,200 mm||600 mm||1,550 mm||160 mm||954 mm|
|Min Focal Length||—||20 mm||25 mm||24 mm||4 mm||157.5 mm|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12.1 megapixels||16.8||12.8||20.1||16 megapixels||20.1|
|Removable Memory||—||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Memory Stick||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card; Memory Stick|
|Special Feature||—||Serial Shot Mode^Shutter Priority^Aperture Priority||Serial Shot Mode^Shutter Priority^Aperture Priority||Serial Shot Mode||Auto focusing (AF) modes: Contrast Detection Auto Focus; Bluetooth; Built-in microphone; Flash range (tele):0 - 3.5 m; Flash range (wide):0.5 - 6.9 m; Hand strap; Operating temperature range:0 - 40 °C; PictBridge; Self-timer:Copper ethernet cabling technology: 2,5,10 s; Sill image capture resolution:4608 x 3456, 3264 x 2448, 2272 x 1704, 1600 x 1200, 4608 x 2592, 3456 x 3456; Touch sensitive screen; Tripod mountable; Video recording; bluetooth: 4.1; lens structure:12/9||-|
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Manufacturer's DescriptionChange the way you see
The LUMIX G Micro System will change the way you see – and enjoy – the digital interchangeable lens camera. It does so with a collection of features that put enormous photographic power in a palm-sized camera with interchangeable lens. The Micro Four Thirds System standard for high quality and wide compatibility. Full-time Live View for setting up the perfect shot. The unique iA mode for capturing stunning photos with all the ease of a compact digital camera.
Photography made fun
The LUMIX G Micro System is a camera you'll love from day one. It's easy to take with you. It makes every day a new opportunity for discovery. It lets you capture the emotion behind the moment. It gives you the freedom to express yourself visually. And most of all, it makes photography more fun than you've ever imagined. The LUMIX G Micro System will forever change the way you see the world around you, and the role that photography plays in your life.
Full-time Live View shows you - before you shoot - how the settings change the photo
Taking photos is a lot more fun when you don't have to struggle to get perfect images. With the LUMIX G Micro System – and its Full-time Live View – using a digital interchangeable lens camera is now as easy as using a digital compact camera.
The LUMIX G Micro System can display guidelines and a histogram on the LCD and Live View Finder along with the image composition.
But more than that, you can see through them – before pressing the shutter button – how the exposure compensation and white balance adjustment will affect the photo. You can even see how adjusting the aperture and shutter speed settings will affect the photo.
In other words, the LUMIX G Micro System gives you easy Live View shooting that simply isn't possible with conventional digital SLR cameras.
Bright and easy-to-see free-angle LCD
The large 3.0-inch LCD rotates 180º horizontally and 270º vertically, making it easy for you to capture dynamic shots from extreme angles without getting into an awkward position. And when the lighting around you changes, the LCD backlighting level automatically changes too, so you get comfortable, easy-on-the-eyes viewing at all times.
With the large 3.0-inch LCD no matter where or what you are shooting your view will never be impared.
You can take high angle shots over a crowd; shots to the right and left, around obstacles or barriers, where an ordinary viewfinder just won't work; tripod shots without having to crouch; and low angle shots near ground level.
iA mode can make all the right settings – automatically
If you've resisted buying a digital SLR camera because you think they're hard to use, your wait is over. Meet the LUMIX G Micro System, with iA (Intelligent Auto) mode. A big hit in LUMIX compact digital cameras, iA mode activates six detection and compensation functions that work automatically, leaving you free to just aim and shoot. It's easier to get a beautiful shot any time, any place.
Shake detection – MEGA O.I.S.
Gyrosensors built into the lens detect hand-shake and an O.I.S. shifts to compensate. Assisting you in getting those clear, beautiful, blur-free photos.
Motion detection – Intelligent ISO Control
If the subject moves as you snap the shot, the camera automatically adjusts the ISO sensitivity and shutter speed to help prevent subject blur.
Light detection – Intelligent Exposure
The camera can correct the brightness in parts of the image that are too dark due to insufficient lighting, backlighting or use of the flash.
Face detection – Face Detection AF/AE
The camera detects when there are faces in the frame and adjusts the focus and exposure to capture them properly. This allows you to shoot beautiful portraits without any hassle.
Scene detection – Intelligent Scene Selector
The camera automatically selects whichever of five Scene modes – Portrait, Night Portrait, Scenery, Night Scenery, and Close-up – best suits the situation.
Subject detection – AF Tracking
Once you've focused on a subject, AF Tracking keeps the subject in focus – even if it moves – until you press the shutter button.
Digital Red-Eye Correction for beautiful night portraits
The red-eye correction in the built-in flash and the camera's image processing circuit work together to reduce red-eye when you're using the flash to take shots of people.
Live View Finder makes shooting through the viewfinder more accurate and comfortable
You've never looked into a viewfinder like this one. Developed by Panasonic for the LUMIX G Micro System, this high-performance electronic viewfinder boasts a Fulltime Live View function that converts the optical viewfinder unit into a digital form. You experience a new level of shooting convenience through the high-performance viewfinder that is simply not possible with optical viewfinders of the past.
Eye sensor: Live View Finder switches on when you look into it
When you look into the viewfinder, a sensor automatically turns the Live View Finder on and the LCD off. You enjoy smoother, easier shooting without having to switch the setting of the display.
100% field of view with high resolution
The LUMIX G Micro System's Live View Finder has the large 1.4x (0.7x) magnification and 100% field of view of the optical viewfinders on high-end digital SLR cameras. This, plus the 1,440,000-dot equivalent resolution, makes it easy to shoot the exact image the camera sees.
Freely customizable information display
Customize the camera to fit your shooting preference by changing the display style or switching to a full-screen display. The LUMIX G Micro System also features the Quick Menu that's popular on LUMIX compact digital cameras, so you can make a variety of settings without taking your eye from the Live View Finder.
The open standard that led to the mirror-less body
The LUMIX G Micro System adopts the Micro Four Thirds System standard, developed as an extended version of the Four Thirds System standard for digital camera systems. Using this standard, and developing a camera body that eliminates the mirror box and optical viewfinder unit, the lens mount outer diameter was reduced by about 6 mm (compared with the conventional Four Thirds camera) and shorten the flange-back distance by about half.
Removing the mirror box also makes for smoother operation. The result is a digital interchangeable lens camera that's both extremely compact and highly mobile. The LUMIX G Micro System is a camera that you can take anywhere – and that, in turn, can take you as far as you want to go.
LUMIX G lenses: Superior portability, superior rendering
These interchangeable lenses, designed exclusively for the Micro Four Thirds cameras, bring out the full potential of the 4/3-type image sensor. For instance, some aspherical lenses and ED lenses can ensure the impressive image rendering even in the smaller size than the Four Thirds lens. Also, as a prerequisite for Full-time Live View shooting, all lenses support contrast AF
Live MOS sensor - higher image quality, lower power consumption
The 4/3-type 12-megapixel Live MOS sensor featured in the LUMIX G Micro System offers the best of both worlds – the superior image quality of a CCD sensor, and the lower power consumption of a CMOS sensor.
New technology that makes it possible to read 4 channels of data simultaneously also helps the LUMIX G Micro System deliver 60 frame-per-second Full-time Live View images, while faithfully reproducing high-resolution images with fine detail and rich gradation.
Top customer reviews
Who is the G1 for? Honestly, die-hard DSLR fans will not welcome the EVF because they perceive them as grainy and low in resolution. This one, however has a >1 million pixel EVF, which is probably the best in the market by far. Coupled with full-time live view and shutter-speed preview, you have a killer here. Not to mention the swivelling 2.5" screen which is a joy to use. Of course, the downside: the lag and apparent noise in low-light situations. Like other EVFs, the viewfinder does not view well at night but please take notice that the image quality is not affected.
The micro four-thirds format is an all new format for digital cameras. Due to that, there is currently only 2 lenses in the market - the 14-45mm and the 45-200mm zooms. With a crop factor of 2x, you get a reach of 400mm at the telephoto end which is REALLY sweet. While there aren't any other lenses in the market, that's actually not a bad thing because both of these lenses would blow you away. Both these lenses have built in image-stabilisation (Panasonic's MEGA-OIS) which allows you to take sharp handheld photos at low shutterspeeds, even at 1/8s! Furthermore, they have little or no chromatic abberation and lens distortion is at a bare minimum. You'll have to try them for yourself to believe! In fact, DSLR lenses of this quality (with VR/IS) would set you back more than what this camera costs if you're considering to go the DLSR way.
Of course, the main feature of this camera is undeniably its size and performance. Without a mirror/prism, its obvious that this camera would be less bulky and lighter than its DSLR counterparts. Being a person who emphasizes on build quality and 'feel', this camera surprisingly ticks all the boxes. It has a very luxurious feel to it due to the unique rubber coating, compact yet large enough to be used comfortably with larger hands, and feels very solid. Build qualilty is impressive and you get the 'Made in Japan' sticker rather than the 'Made in Thailand' one which you get in Nikon DSLRs (even the D90!). The weight? Lovely - I had this camera strapped comfortably around my NECK for the whole day. Some DSLR-fanatics tried to point out that it weights the same as the Olympus E-420, but please understand that the M4/3 lenses are much lighter/compact than the standard 4/3 lenses, plus the G1 outperforms the E-420 in so many aspects. Lastly, the size of both the camera and lenses means that you could easily fit your equipment into a small backpack and travel light. Travellers, do note this.
The price for this camera is rather steep if you actually compare it to entry-level DSLRs and would make the big guns look like a good bargain. Then again, let me remind you once more that the kit lenses (both 14-45mm and the 45-200mm) are EXCELLENT lenses. By getting them, you can literally stay off from buying any new lenses because both of them would easily have your needs covered. Furthermore as you all know, good DSLR lenses would easily set you back >500 quid per piece, and the tack sharp ones way beyond that. The G1 lenses' 52mm thread rings also means that you can swap filters between both lenses and just use 1 set of them, which is already darn cheap compared to a set of >70mm filters.
I wouldn't want to blab on about the the technical bits, because you can just watch the video from Panasonic's website. This camera is what it is - a hybrid compact camera with interchangeable lens. Another downside - it lacks the ability to capture video (I don't know why Panasonic has left this out, but apparently a HD version of the G1 with video capabilities would be released soon enough, so opt for that one if you really need it). Anyway, let's finish this review with a bit of talk on the prospective buyers.
This camera is well suitable for:
1) Enthusiasts currently using bridge/compacts who are looking to upgrade to a camera with better fexibility, resolution and image quality.
2) DSLR users who find having a full DSLR kit (lenses and camera) too bulky and heavy to go around, but do not want to compromise on quality.
3) Entry-level DSLR users who have few lenses and can easily afford to swap over to the M4/3 format.
4) Travellers (I am one).
5) People looking at DSLR alternatives and would not care to buy 1000 quid lenses, but rather stick with VERY GOOD kit lenses that would cover the range of everyday needs.
This is definitely not for:
1) Professional DSLR users or pixel-peepers with a huge selection of top-class(expensive) lenses.
2) Stubborn people who cannot accept a modern format but rather, stick with a 60-year old technology. DSLR snobs, in short.
3) People who regularly prints at >A3 sizes.
4) People with gorilla-sized hands.
To conclude, the G1 would easily put a smile on the faces of people who have handled it. It is a fun, compact and easy-to-use performer which would be more than enough for the enthusiasts, yet powerful and flexible enough to cope with the needs of semi-pro users. This camera WILL not fail to impress, and the potentional of the M4/3 format is intriguing.
But ... to add to K. Lim's list of people whom this camera would suit ... add:
People with old Leica M lenses, but don't want to spend thousands on a Leica digital M camera.
I have been looking for a solution for this for years, and this is it! I got an adapter ring for Leica M lenses on ebay for 50 quid (not the expensive official adapter) and this has breathed new life into three top quality lenses from the 1960s. The manual focus works great. The crop factor doubles the focal length, so my Leica Elmar 135mm becomes a whopping (for Leica) 270mm.
I appreciate not many people fall into this category but if you do, get your card out and buy the G1 now!
Well I purchased the G1 and it is excellent, it is light, small (not too small) and so versatile it is amazing. the quality of photos is everything I could have wanted and the two lenses are superb. I am lucky, I live in Guernsey so I did not have to pay VAT (sorry), so the value was also out of this world. What a camera, If you want to get into SLR's or back into them, but do not want to go for the full on version, this is an excellent option. Spoil yourself
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