Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Review

4.5
January 3, 2012 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

TYPE

Type Digital interchangeable lens system camera
Recording media SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card (Compatible with UHS-I standard SDHC/SDXC memory cards)
Image sensor size 17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds mount

IMAGE SENSOR

Type Live MOS Sensor
Total pixels 16.68 Megapixels
Camera effective pixels 16.0 Megapixels
Colour filter Primary colour filter
Dust reduction system Supersonic wave filter

RECORDING SYSTEM

Recording file format Still Image: JPEG(DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, / MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds standard) / Motion Image: AVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Digital 2 ch) / MP4 (Audio format AAC 2ch)
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Image quality RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard, / MPO+Fine, MPO+Standard (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB
File size(Pixels)
Still Image [4:3] 4592x3448(L) / 3232x2424(M) / 2272x1704(S) / 1824x1368(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard) / [3:2] 4576x3056(L) / 3232x2160(M) / 2272x1520(S) / 1824x1216(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard) / [16:9] 4576x2576(L) / 3232x1824(M) / 1920x1080(S) / 1824x1024(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard) / [1:1] 3424 x 3423 (L) / 2416 x 2416 (M) / 1712 x 1712 (S) / 1712x1712(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard)
Continuous recordable time (Motion images) AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 140 min with H-PS14042 / Approx. 130 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 150 min with H-H014?
Actual recordable time (Motion images) AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 70 min with H-PS14042 / Approx. 65 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 75 min with H-H014

FOCUS

Type Contrast AF system
Focus mode AFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF
AF mode Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing/Pinpoint / Touch (1- area-focusing in Face detection / AF Tracking / Multi-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint)
AF detective range EV 0 - 18 (ISO100 equivalent)
AF assist lamp YES
AF lock Set the Fn button in custom menu to AF/AE lock or Shutter button halfway pressed in AFS mode
Others Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), AF+MF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist

EXPOSURE CONTROL

Light metering system 144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Light metering mode Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Metering range EV 0 - 18 (F2.0 lens, ISO100 equivalent)
Exposure mode Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Auto
ISO sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
Exposure compensation 1/3EV Step ±5EV
AE lock Set the Fn button in custom menu to AE lock
AE bracket 3,5,7 frame, in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV Step, ±3 EV

WHITE BALANCE

White balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / 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

SHUTTER

Type Focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed Still Images: 1/4000 ~ 60 and Bulb (up to approx. 2 minutes) / Motion image: 1/16000 ~ 1/30 (NTSC), 1/16000 ~ 1/25 (PAL)
Self timer 10sec, 3 images/ 2sec / 10sec
Remote control Remote control with bulb function by DMW-RSL1 (Optional)

SCENE MODE

Still Image SCN mode Portrait / Soft Skin / Scenery / Architecture / Sports / Peripheral Defocus / Flower / Food / Objects / Night Portrait / Night Scenery / Illiminatioms / Baby 1, 2 / Pet / Party / Sunset
Movie SCN mode Portrait / Soft Skin / Scenery / Architecture / Sports / Flower / Food / Objects / Low-light / Party / Sunset / (Activated by selecting Still Image SCN mode then pressing Movie Button. Still Image SCN modes without corresponding Movie SCN mode is recorded in mode suitable for the recording situation.)

CREATIVE CONTROL

Creative control (Still image & Motion image) Expressive / Retro / High key / Low key / Sepia / High Dyamic / Toy effect / Miniature effect

BURST SHOOTING

Burst speed SH: 20 frames/sec, H: 4.2 frames/sec (When AFS mode), M: 3 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)
Number of recordable images 9 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed) / Unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW files) / (depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)

BUILT-IN-FLASH

Type TTL Built-in-Flash, GN7.6 equivalent (ISO 160 ?m), Built-in Pop-up
Flash Mode Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, / Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Synchronization speed Less than 1/160 second
Flash output adjustment 1/3EV Step ±2EV
Flash synchronization 1st Curtain Sync / 2nd Curtain Sync
Hot shoe TTL Auto with FL220 / FL360 / FL500 (Optional)

ZOOM

Additional zoom operation Touch Zoom (when use power zoom lenses*) *H-PS14042 lens and H-PS45175 lens
Digital zoom 2x, 4x

LCD MONITOR

LIVE VIEW functions Guide Lines (3 patterns)
LIVE VIEW functions Real-time Histogram
Type TFT LCD with Touch panel
Monitor size 3.0inch / 3:2 Aspect / Wide-viewing angle
Pixels 460K dots
Filed of view Approx. 100%
Monitor adjustment Brightness (7 levels), Contrast and Saturation (7 levels), Red tint (7 levels), Blue tint (7 levels)

EXTRA TELE CONVERSION

Extra Tele Conversion Still image: Max.2x (Not effective with L size recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels and aspect ratio.)
Extra Tele Conversion Motion image: Max.4.8x (Magnification ratio depends on the recording quality and aspect ratio.)

LEVEL GAUGE

Level Gauge Yes (Built-in 3 shaft accelerometer sensor)

DIRECTION DETECTION FUNCTION

Direction Detection Function Yes

FUNCTION BUTTON

Fn1, Fn2, Fn3*, Fn4*(*Touch icons on LCD monitor) ONE PUSH AE /PREVIEW / LEVEL GAUGE / FOCUS AREA SET / PHOTO STYLE / ASPECT RATIO / PICTURE SIZE / QUALITY / METERING MODE / FLASH / FLASH ADJUST. / I.RESOLUTION / I.DYNAMIC / EX. TELE CONV. /
Fn1, Fn2, Fn3*, Fn4*(*Touch icons on LCD monitor) DIGITAL ZOOM / STABILIZER / SENSITIVITY / WHITE BALANCE / AF MODE /DRIVE MODE / MOTION PIC. SET / PICTURE MODE / HISTOGRAM / GUIDE LINE / REC AREA

CUSTOM MENU

C1, C2-1/2/3 Yes (Registering Personal Menu Settings)

PLAYBACK

Playback mode Normal playback, 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x Max.), Slideshow (duration & effect is selectable), Playback Mode (Normal/Picture/Video/3D Play/Category/Favorite), / Title Edit, Text Stamp, Video Divide, Resize, Cropping, Aspect Conversion, Rotate, Rotate Display, Favorite, Print set, Protect, Face Recognition Edit

IMAGE PROTECTION / ERASE

Protection Single / Multi, Single in Burst Group / Multi in Burst Group, Cancel
Erase Single / Multi / All / Except Favorite

PRINT

Direct Print PictBridge compatible?Print size, Layout, Date setting are selectable ?

INTERFACE

USB USB 2.0 High Speed
HDMI miniHDMI TypeC / Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p (576p in PAL system) / Audio: Linear PCM
Audio video output Monaural Type, NTSC/PAL, NTSC only for North America / *Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the products that are available in your market.
Remote Remote socket
Microphone Stereo, Wind-cut: Off / Auto / Microphone level adjustable: Lv1 / Lv2 / Lv3 / Lv4
Speaker Monaural

GENERAL

Power
Battery Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1010mAh) (Included) / Battery Charger
Battery life (CIPA standard) Approx. 310 images with H-PS14042
Dimensions (W x H x D) 116.3 x 67.8 x 39.4 mm / 4.58 x 2.67 x 1.55 inch?(excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 318g / 11.22 oz ?SD card, Battery, Body) / Approx. 272g / 9.59 oz ?Body only) / Approx. 413g / 14.59 oz (SD card, Battery, H-PS14042 lens included)
Operating Environment
Operating temperature 0? to 40? (32°F to 104°F)
Operating humidity 10% RH to 80? RH
Standard Accessories
Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 7.0 HD Edition / SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 3.1 SE / LoiLoScope (trial version) / USB Driver
Standard accessories Battery Charger, Body Cap, Lens Cap, Lens Rear Cap / USB Connection Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM

INTERCHANGEABLE LENS-1

Nano Surface Coating Yes
Aperture range F3.5(Wide) - F5.6(TELE)
Lens Name LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/POWER O.I.S
Lens Construction 9 elements in 8 groups (4 aspherical lenses , 2 ED lens)
Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
Optical Image Stabilizer YES (POWER OIS)
Focal Length f=14-42mm (35mm camera equivalent 28-84mm)
Aperture Type 7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
Minimum Aperture F22
Closest Focusing Distance 0.2m / 0.66ft (14-20mm), 0.3m / 0.98ft (21-42mm)
Maximum magnification Approx. 0.17x / 0.34x (35mm camera equivalent)
Diagonal Angle of View 75°(Wide) to 29°(TELE)
General
Others Electric zoom lever, Manual focus lever
Filter Size φ37mm / 1.5in
Max. Diameter φ61mm / 2.4in
Overall Length Approx. 26.8mm / 1.1in (When the lens is retracted.)
Weight [g] Approx. 95g (excluding lens cap and lens rear cap)
Weight [oz] Approx. 3.4oz (excluding lens cap and lens rear cap)
Standard Accessories Lens cap, Lens rear cap, Lens storage bag

Further Specifications

NOTE * Use a card with SD Speed Class with "Class4" or higher

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