Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Review

Review Date: November 25th 2008
Author: Mark Goldstein

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Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

Specifications

TYPE

Camera Type Digital interchangeable lens system camera
Recording media SD memory card, SDHC memory card, Multimedia card
Image sensor size 17.3 x 13.0 mm
Mount Micro Four Thirds mount

IMAGE SENSOR

Type Live Mos Sensor
Total pixels 13.1 Megapixels
Camera effective pixels 12.1 Megapixels
Aspect ratio 4:3 (Horizontal : Vertical)
Color filter Primary colour filter
Dust reduction system Supersonic wave filter

RECORDING SYSTEM

Recording file format JPEG(Design rule for Camera File System, based on Exif 2.21 standard) / DPOF corresponding / RAW
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
File size 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4000 x 3000 pixels, 2816 x 2112 pixels, 2048 x 1536 pixels / 3:2 Aspect Ratio: 4000 x 2672 pixels, 2816 x 1880 pixels, 2048 x 1360 pixels / 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 4000 x 2248 pixels, 2816 x 1584 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Image quality RAW / RAW+Fine / RAW+Standard / Fine / Standard
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB

VIEWFINDER

Type Live View Finder (1,440,000 dots equivalent)
Field of view Approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 1.4x / 0.7x (35mm film camera equivalent)?with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
Eye point Approx.17.5mm
Diopter adjustment -4.0 - +4.0 [m-1]

AUTO FOCUS

Type Contrast AF system
Focusing mode AFs/AFc/MF
AF mode Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing/
AF detective range EV 0-18 (F3.5 lens, ISO 100)
AF assist lamp yes
AF lock AF/AE LOCK button or Shutter button halfway pressed in AFs mode

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, ISO 100)
Exposure mode Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
ISO sensitivity Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / Intelligent ISO
Exposure compensation 1/3EV Step ±3EV
AE lock AF/AE LOCK button or Shutter button halfway pressed
AE bracket 3,5,7 frame, in 1/3 or 2/3 EV Step, ±2 EV

WHITE BALANCE

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

SHUTTER SYSTEM

Type Focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed 1/4000 ~ 60 and Bulb (up to approx. 4minutes)
Self timer 2sec / 10sec / 10sec, 3 images
Remote control Remote control with bulb function by DMW-RSL1 (Optional)

SCENE MODE

Advanced SCN mode Portrait (Normal/Soft Skin/Outdoor/Indoor/Creative) / Scenery (Normal/Nature/Architecture/Creative) / Sports (Normal/Outdoor/Indoor/Creative) / Close-up (Flower/Food/Objects/Creative) / Night Portrait (Night Portrait/Night Scenery/Illuminations/Creative)
SCN mode Sunset / Party / Baby 1,2 / Pet

BURST SHOOTING

Burst speed 3 frames/sec (High speed) or 2 frames/sec (Low speed)
Number of recordable 7 pictures (when there are RAW file with the particular speed) / Unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW file)(depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)

BUILT-IN-FLASH

Type TTL Built-in-Flash, GN11 equivalent (ISO 100 ?m), Built-in Pop-up
Built-in flash 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 output adjustment 1/3EV Step ±2EV
Flash synchronization 1st. Curtain Sync, 2nd Curtain Sync.
Hot shoe TTL Auto with FL360/FL500/FL220 (Optional)

LCD MONITOR

Type Low temperature Polycrystalline TFT LCD
Monitor size Free-angle 3.0inch / 3:2 Aspect / Wide viewing angle
Pixels 460K dots
Filed of view Approx. 100%
OSD language Japanese, English, German, French, Italian

LIVE VIEW

Digital zoom 2x, 4x
Extra optical zoom Max.2x (Not effective with full pixel recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels.)
Other functions Guide Lines (3 patterns) / Real-time Histogram

FILM MODE

Color Standard / Dynamic / Nature / Smooth / Nostalgic/ Vibrant
Black and white Standard / Dynamic / Smooth

PLAYBACK

Playback mode Single / 12, 30-thumbnail display, Calendar display / Highlight Display / Zoomed playback (16x max.) / image rotation (except for RAW) / Slide show (duration is adjustable, also manual controllable) / Playback of favorite pictures / Resizing (selectable number of pixels) / Trimming / Protection / Aspect conversion / DPOF print setting

PROTECTION / ERASE

Protection Single / Multi or Cancel
Erase Single / Multi / All / Except FAVORITE

DIRECT PRINT

Print PictBridge?Print size, Layout, Date setting is selectable ?

INTERFACE

Digital USB 2.0 High Speed
Digital video MiniHDMI TypeC (1.3b corresponding)
Analog video PAL

GENERAL DATA

Power
Battery Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1250mAh) (Included) / Battery Charger/AC Adapter (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional DC cable(DMW-DCC3) is required)
Battery life CIPA Standard : Approx. 330 images (LCD) LVF : Approx. 350 images with LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.
Dimensions [mm]
Width 124.0
Height 83.6
depth 45.2
Weight Approx. 385g?Body only?
Operating Condition
Operating temperature 0 dig.C to 40 dig.C
Operating humidity 10% to 80%
Standard Accessories
Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO -viewer- 2.1 E / SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 3.0 SE / USB Driver
Standard accessories Battery Charger/AC Adapter / Battery Pack / Body Cap / Video Cable / USB Connection Cable / AC Cable / Shoulder Strap / CD-ROM

Interchangeable Lens-1

Lens Construction 12 elements in 9 groups (1 Aspherical lens)
Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
Optical Image Stabilizer yes
Focal Length f=14mm to 45mm (35mm film camera equivalent 28mm to 90mm)
Aperture Type 7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
Aperture F3.5(Wide) - F5.6(Tele)
Minimum Aperture F22
Closest Focusing Distance 0.30m at all focal lengths
Maximum magnification Apporox. 0.17x / 0.34x (35mm film camera equivalent)
Diagonal Angle of View 75 dig(W) - 27 dig(T)
GENERAL DATA
Filter Size ?52mm / 2.05 in
Max. Diameter ? 60mm / 2.36 in
Overall Length Approx. 60mm / 2.36 in (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount)
Weight [g] Approx. 195g
Weight [oz] Approx. 6.88oz
Standard Accessory Lens Cap / Lens Hood / Lens Rear Cap / Lens Storage Bag
   
Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
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Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

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