Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Review

June 10, 2009 | Mark Goldstein |

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The DMC-GH1 is essentially the same camera as the G1, with one big difference: it records movies in high definition, with its new 14 - 140 mm kit lens allowing for continuous autofocus while you're doing so. For those of you who have tried taking video on a digital SLR, you know how big of an advancement this is. While both the G1 and GH1 have 12.1 effective Megapixel Live MOS sensors, the one on the GH1 is newer, and supports shooting in multiple aspect ratios without affecting the angle-of-view. The GH1 also has a few other minor changes that I'll tough on throughout this review.
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Want to be on the cutting edge of digital photography and video? Meet the ultra-light, Micro Four Thirds 'hybrid' camera: the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1. This dSLR-alike shooter is fast and has great photo quality. It also supports video capture and delivers the most camcorder-like recording experience we've seen to date from a still camera. You'll have to empty your pockets, though.
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The first manufacturer to develop a Micro Four Thirds camera, Panasonic now markets three distinct models. These include the original DMC-G1, the pocket-size DMC-GF1, and the DMC-GH1 which benefits from the best features of the other models. These 12 megapixel cameras are all smaller/slimmer than DSLRs because they’re not equipped with a reflex mirror or a pentaprism. They also accept smaller lenses but employ a much larger sensor than most digicams with built-in lenses. That allows for much larger pixels for “cleaner” images – with a less “grainy” effect – at ISO 400 and above.
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