Panasonic Lumix GF1 12.1MP Digital System Camera Body - Black
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- LUMIX G Micro System interchangeable lens digital camera
- The world’s smallest, lightest body and artistic flat design
- High image quality with 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine HD
- HD movie in AVCHD lite and motion picture P mode
- Artistic My Color and Peripheral Defocus modes in full-time live view
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LUMIX G Micro System Digital Camera GF1 - The World’s Smallest, Lightest Interchangeable Lens Camera with Artistic Flat Design
By using the Micro Four Thirds System standard and developing a camera body that eliminates the mirror box and optical viewfinder unit, the DMC-GF1 was able to achieve the world's smallest, lightest body as a system camera with a built-in flash. It also features classical, but new, artistic flat design. This new-generation system camera features Full-Time Live View, high-speed Contrast AF, HD movie recording, and more. It is small enough to take anywhere, yet sophisticated enough to take you as far into photography and movies as you want to go.
The DMC-GF1's 4/3-type Live MOS sensor with 12.1-megapixels gives you extremely high image quality. It also adds a high-speed readout for HD movie recording. The Dust Reduction System helps maintain image quality by placing a Supersonic Wave Filter in front of the sensor. An image processing LSI, Venus Engine HD, incorporates two CPUs. This not only boosts image processing speed, it also helps achieve exceptional noise-reduction, and allows long-time movie recording in AVCHD Lite while maintaining low power consumption.
The DMC-GF1 can record HD movie of 720P in AVCHD Lite with the high sound quality of Dolby Digital Creator. Motion JPEG format is also available (1,280 x 720 pixels). Just press the Motion Picture Button, and shooting begins. In the Motion Picture P Mode, the aperture can be adjusted easily. The iA Mode can also be activated in motion picture recording. When the DMC-GF1 is connected to a Panasonic VIERA via an optional mini HDMI cable, you can watch and control playback via the TV's remote control unit.
The 3.0-inch 460,000-dot LCD gives you a Full-time Live View of what you're shooting, with approximately 100% field of view. In addition, versatile creative functions are possible with the DMC-GF1. The My Color Mode makes it easy to customize colour effects, which the Peripheral Defocus Mode automatically adjusts the focus to match the AF area, while gently defocusing to emphasize the subject. The iA Mode, featuring Face Recognition function, serves as a combination of functions that makes it easy for anyone to take beautiful photos.
The bright F1.7/20mm (35mm camera equivalent: 40mm) fixed focus lens, based on the Micro Four Thirds System standard, produces bright photos with a dramatic soft focus even in dimly lit locations. Its compact, easy-to-carry size is also ideal for capturing everyday scenes and snapshots. This lens uses a lens drive system to enable a compact and bright F1.7. As a result of this, operating sounds are recorded when autofocusing during motion picture recording
Top Customer Reviews
I have had excellent results and the ability to choose manual settings is very useful. I used to carry around a ton of pro Nikon stuff for years but now retired I find this system is a doddle.. although not intended to match pro systems by any means it is a very good lightweight alternative and the ability to make A3 prints while keeping detail without Photoshop enhancements is amazing.
I would highly recommend this Camera as a quality, pocketable unit with a lot of pro features and superb results depending on the Lens used.
The other option would have been to go for a bridge camera and I am pleased I did not. It would have cost less but there was no advantage on size and the quality would not have been as good. I now have a telephoto zoom and am considering the 14mm lens, so I am really smitten and enjoying taking good photographs again instead of good snaps.