Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review

December 3, 2013 | Gavin Stoker | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star


The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 is one of the smallest compact system cameras in the World. The DMC-GM1 features a Four Thirds-sized 16 megapixel Live MOS image sensor, 1036K-dot touchscreen LCD screen, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, a pop-up flash, silent electronic shutter with a maximum shutter speed of 1/16000s, Full 60i/50i HD video recording, high-speed Light Speed AF system, focus peaking, RAW support, an ISO range of 125-25600, and 22 Creative Controls. The Panasonic Lumix GM1 comes bundled with the new Lumix G VARIO12-32mm (24-64mm equivalent) f/3.5-5.6 Asph. MEG O.I.S. pancake zoom lens, priced at around £629 / $750.

Ease of Use

A cool looking camera is surely always going to sell and the GM1 from Panasonic is certainly that. It's not just the fact that it's the size of a pack of playing cards that adds to the compact system camera's desirability, but also that, in its silver and tan faux leather iteration, available irritatingly just via Dixons Travel in the UK, it ticks the boxes for the retro looks popularised by the Olympus Pen/OM-D, Fuji X and Pentax Q ranges. The alternative is the plainer black version of the GM1 we had in to play with. Silver and white bodies are additionally available overseas.

Sitting in between Panasonic's existing ‘GH' and ‘G' camera classes, imagine a meld of the same manufacturer's LX7 high-end compact and its GX7 system camera and you'll get a good impression of what the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 is like. Indeed its maker has stated that the palm-sized interchangeable lens camera seeks to recreate the GX7's performance within a smaller aluminum frame and magnesium alloy body. The Panasonic boasts dimensions of 98.5x54.9x23.5mm and weighs just 203g; a size we found made it ideal for shot-from-the-hip style street photography. Though its diminutive proportions mean that it noticeably misses a handgrip, the leather-effect faceplate prevented our fingers slipping around and in any event, an accessory grip is an available option via Panasonic, as is a case enabling the camera to be worn about the neck.

The overall pitch here is that ‘serious needn't be complicated' and the fact that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 resembles your regular snapshot camera at a distance also ensures it fits easily and unobtrusively into a jacket pocket even with kit lens attached – here a 12-32mm f/3.5-4.6 zoom (24-64mm in 35mm terms) with retractable mechanism made especially for use with this camera. We imagine it would sit as easily in a baggy pair of holiday shorts. Two further specially produced lenses are promised for 2014: a 15mm wide angle plus a 35-100mm telephoto. In the meantime though, body and kit lens retail for £629.99. Seems like a lot for a camera the size of your typical £200 point and shoot; that is until you pick up the GM1 – whereupon you notice a more solid, premium feel build than you might have expected – and start using it.

At the same time it's not until you pick up the GM1 that you realise how truly tiny the camera is – not really an impression you can get from an online press shot alone. This is a compact system camera that truly, finally, after five long years, puts the ‘micro' in Olympus and Panasonic's jointly developed Micro Four Thirds system. With the GM1 we get a 16 megapixel top resolution from its 17.3x13mm CMOS sensor, and an ISO range stretching right up to a see-in-the-dark ISO25600 (even if the top two settings are only to be reached for in desperation).

There are several things that enthusiast photographers might expect at this price that we don't get from the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 however; its size means that it can't complete everyone's wish list. So there's no articulated back screen, no vacant hotshoe for accessory flash, though a built-in bulb is neatly sunk into the top plate, and no eye-level viewfinder. There's also, slightly surprisingly given that Panasonic has pioneered its inclusion in most recent (larger) G series cameras, no NFC connectivity, though we do get Wi-Fi.

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We're also provided with a 3-inch back screen with a massive resolution in excess of one million dots, which in practice results in a view best described as ‘life like', which is great, obviously. This being a Panasonic camera, said screen is also a touch screen, though, again this being a Panasonic, many of the on-screen icons are so tiny it requires a degree of precision as to where you place that fingertip. We did also miss the fact that we couldn't achieve further compositional flexibility and angle or tilt the rear screen on the GM1, though inevitably this implementation could have resulted in a physically larger camera.

What we have here is a body that resembles Panasonic's high-end premium compacts, such as the LX7, yet one that has the added advantage of being able to change the lens in use, so providing us with the best of both worlds. In its all black incarnation the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 looks pretty minimalist too and unthreatening to anyone upgrading from a smartphone or tablet, as well as those who have handled previous generations of Panasonic Lumix. On the top plate we get a dime/five pence piece sized shooting mode dial with a familiar selection of manual photographic controls and the fully automatic. Smaller, and located slightly nearer to the front plate is a raised shutter release button encircled by what on a standard compact would be the zoom lever; on the GM1 it's the on/off control, accessed with a flick of the forefinger. Along from these two, as we move towards the centre of the top plate, we come to a function (‘Fn1') button, itself surrounded by a lever for alternating between single and continuous auto focus, or manual focus, the latter naturally achieved with a twist of the focus ring on the provided lens. On our camera the function button – which is complemented by a range of virtual on-screen function buttons in the likes of program mode – was preset to call up the camera's built in Wi-Fi connectivity option. We do also get that nifty pop up flash seamlessly sunk into the top plate, activated via its own manual switch.

Flick the ‘on' lever, and, as on Olympus Pen cameras utilising the standard issue 14-42mm zoom, we discover that the Panasonic's own 12-32mm kit lens also needs to be fully extended before the camera is operational, this process adding a couple of seconds onto power-up time if you haven't pre-extended the lens. Wisely it also needs an SD card inserted before you can do anything; there is no internal memory cache provided. With camera fully loaded and lens extended however we were able to be up and squeezing the shutter release button for our first shot in roughly two seconds. As you do so there's a visible adjustment to the image as the GM1 determines focus and exposure, before we're able to squeeze down fully and take the shot a second or so later. A highest resolution JPEG takes around 2-3 seconds to write to card. But more impressively, if you're shooting Raw and JPEG combined there's barely any noticeable slowdown in writing speed.

The options provided on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1's shooting mode wheel meanwhile will be familiar to most photographers with upwards of £600 to spend. Alongside the creative quartet of program, aperture priority, shutter priority and manual shooting modes we get a dedicated video capture mode, two user defined custom settings, 23 scene modes, plus 22 digital effects modes. For the point and shoot brigade, added to these shooting modes there is the reliable fallback position of iAuto (intelligent Auto). The effects filters here include Panasonic's attractively saturation boosting Expressive mode, always a good option when shooting on a dull day as we experienced when testing this camera late November/early December in the UK. Alongside this we get both ‘retro' and slightly less easy to describe ‘old days' settings – the first lends a milky faded hue to a shot whilst the latter provides a subtle sepia-like tint. Next up there are high key, low key, sepia and monochrome options, plus a further more contrast-y ‘dynamic monochrome' as well as a grain-heavy ‘rough monochrome' and a ‘silky monochrome' that would be perfect for photographing a 1930's Hollywood starlet. High dynamic, cross process and toy camera options all follow, along with miniature effect, cross process, star filter, single colour isolating and ‘sunshine' settings; so a comprehensively creative range of options from such a small camera, all told.

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Scene modes meanwhile include a very useful ‘handheld night shot' option which takes a short burst of images and combines them in a bid to prevent blur – though we did, perhaps inevitably, notice a double exposure effect when photographing a group of dancers in motion. Further to this there are the usual optimized options for taking pictures of what you had for dessert or the pet dog (hopefully not one and the same), no fewer than four portrait options – or five if we count the one dedicated to a ‘sweet child's face'. There are also seven options for taking photographs at night – including the burst shooting option – dedicated either to either portraits or nighttime landscape shots. The GM1 does seem commendably dedicated to helping the user achieve a wider range of results in a wider range of shooting conditions, without that self same user necessarily needing to know all that much about photography.

Added to all the above, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1's additional range of Photo Style options, selected via the menu screens could feel almost superfluous as inevitably there is some overlap. Whilst the default camera setting is the unadulterated ‘standard', we also get a dedicated ‘Vivid' option here, doing much the same job as the ‘Expressive' filter, plus Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait and Custom setting. For each there is the additional ability to fine tune results using a series of on-screen sliders. Via these we can adjust contrast, sharpness, saturation and even control noise reduction. So plenty of opportunity with this Lumix to get the shot spot on, in camera.

If we've a grumble it's that the backplate buttons on the GM1 are as tiny as you'd expect them to be on the fashion conscious pocket snapshot camera the rear plate so closely resembles.

Top right of the back plate is a dedicated video record button for Full HD 1920x1080 pixels video clips in either the tightly compressed AVCHD format or the more widely accessible MPEG4. Nothing wrong with that. But we did find kick starting recording a little awkward as said button requires a precise thumbnail press to get going; this is largely because the button itself has a raised surround to prevent accidental activation, which means that a press with the pad of your thumb just won't do it. That being said, Auto focus when in video mode is commendably quick to respond. On a number of occasions when adjusting our framing mid flow we didn't notice the camera making its focus adjustments. Our subject nearly always remained sharp, or at least drifted into focus a second or so afterward.

Also requiring precision to select it is the even smaller playback button directly below which is set completely flush with the backplate, as are the Quick Men/delete and display buttons in the bottom right hand corner of the camera back.

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Memory Card Slot Battery Compartment

Whilst this is the case with the ‘hard' keys, so it is with the virtual on screen icons selected via the touch screen, which are ranged fairly close together at times. There's no virtual equivalent of the video record button however.

Sitting in the midst of the physical buttons which are all ranged to the right of the screen is a familiar four-way circular control pad, with a scroll wheel tracing its circumference. Intuitively a menu/set button has been placed in the centre, and around it are four further settings: for exposure (+/- 5EV), white balance, drive modes (including bracketing and high speed burst options) and self timer options, and AF modes. The options here are the familiar face detection that we find on most compacts, a very useful AF tracking option, a single area or 23 area AF option plus ‘pinpoint' setting.

In terms of the display, it's possible to call up virtual horizon and live histogram settings as well as clear the screen of peripheral information with a subsequent press, as one would imagine.

Whilst the left hand flank of the body is clear of any controls or flaps, if viewing the GM1 from the back, the right hand side features a sturdy feeling door protecting separate USB and HDMI output ports, as one would expect to find on a modern camera at this price. The bottom of the compact meanwhile features a screw thread for attaching a tripod, sitting just behind and dead centre of the lens mount, whilst alongside sits a covered compartment for both rechargeable battery and media card. As well as the high-ish price, we were less impressed with the GM1's battery performance. Here we get just 220 shots from a full charge, which falls short of the 330 or so images achievable with the best of competing compact system cameras, though looks less shaky when compared with a similar amount of images from Nikon's AW1.

Speaking of which, what of the pictures that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 produces? Is the camera the small wonder that its handling and build suggests, or a big let down? Read on to find out...

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 16 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 7Mb.

It's when it comes to image quality that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 earns its spurs and part justifies that asking price, which is always nice. Faced with a series of dull days on which to take our test images, we went for the photographer's favourite of photographing still life and close ups, as well as falling back on a hefty use of the Panasonic's Expressive effects mode, which added punch and a flattering warmth to the images whilst keeping results the right side of realistic.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1's 12-32mm kit lens proved impressively sharp for one so relatively small, maintaining detail across the frame and also enabling us to achieve some attractively shallow depth of field effects, even though the maximum f/3.5 aperture is neither particularly bright or fast. We almost managed to fool ourselves on occasion that some of our shots were up there with the output of a DSLR and kit lens that your (manufacturer's suggested) £629.99 would otherwise buy you. But of course the fact that the GM1 will, unlike said camera, fit in your pocket makes it a real candidate not just for street photography and the like, but a tool that you'll always want to have with you.

In terms of low light photography, whilst that maximum lens aperture of the supplied lens isn't especially bright as mentioned, we do have several night shooting modes to choose – seven in fact – plus a fairly extensive ISO range to manually select, backed up by both Auto ISO and ‘intelligent' Auto. However, with surprisingly usable results at both ISO3200 and ISO6400, it's really only ISO12800 and ISO25600 you'd want to stay clear of unless pushed. In fact that is a neat way to sum up the GM1's imaging performance: ‘surprisingly good'.


There are 8 ISO settings available on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting, with JPEG on the left and RAW on the right:



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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little soft at the default sharpening setting, and benefit from further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You can also change the in-camera sharpening level by tweaking the Photo Styles, with five different settings available.

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The flash settings on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 are Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction and Forced Flash Off. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

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And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Flash On setting or the Red-Eye Reduction option caused any amount of red-eye.

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1's maximum shutter speed is 60 seconds and there's also a Bulb option for exposures up to 4 minutes long, which is excellent news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 1/15th seconds at ISO 6400. The camera takes the same amount of time again to apply noise reduction, so for example at the 15 second setting the actual exposure takes 30 seconds.


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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 camera, which were all taken using the 16 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Panasonic RAW (RW2) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movie & Video

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 25fps in the MP4 format. Please note that this 32 second movie is 79.8Mb in size.

Product Images

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Rear of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 / Turned On

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The 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds format Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1, its maker's smallest CSC ever, provides proof that good things really can occasionally come in small packages – in this instance a body the size of a pack of playing cards.

Given that this is such a tiny camera, the £600+ price tag can seem a little daunting upon first inspection. Yet the DMC-GM1's quality is right up there with cameras that are both physically bigger and cost more, so in fact we aren't really paying more for less. Whilst there are also those who might miss an eye level viewfinder and particularly an angle adjustable LCD in terms of framing shots, the mega sharpness of the back screen compensates somewhat, and though we're not ‘big' on the teeny back plate buttons, if you'll forgive the pun, the only other gripe we have is regards battery life, which whilst not a deal breaker is nevertheless distinctly so-so.

In a nutshell, if you loved what you saw of the output of the GX7 but felt the body would be better even smaller, then the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 could be well worth giving a proverbial spin. After disappointing sales the past year according to industry watchers GfK, it appears that mirror-less cameras could be on the up again and regaining lost ground, with this gutsy little number leading the charge. Did we mention that it also looks as cool as flip?

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 4

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1.

Canon EOS M

The Canon EOS M is a new compact system camera that boasts 18 megapixels, full 1080p high-definition videos with continuous auto-focusing, and a touch-screen interface. Other key features of the EOS M include a 3-inch LCD screen with 1,040k dot resolution, ISO range of 100-25,600, and a flash hotshoe. Is Canon's new mirrorless model a real contender? Read our Canon EOS M review to find out...

Fujifilm X-M1

The Fujifilm X-M1 is a new compact system camera that's designed to expand the appeal of the X-system. The retro-styled X-M1 offers the same image sensor and lens mount as the more expensive X-Pro1 and X-E1 cameras in a smaller, lighter body. The X-M1 has a built-in flash, new 16-50mm kit lens, wi-fi connectivity, tilting LCD screen and of course a more affordable price tag. Read our Fujifilm X-M1 review to find out if it succeeds in bringing Fujifilm's mirrorless range to the masses...

Nikon 1 V2

The Nikon 1 V2 is a second-generation compact system camera that's clearly been redesigned to appeal to the serious enthusiast. In addition to a more direct control layout with shooting mode and control dials, a chunky hand-grip and built-in pop-up flash, the Nikon V2 also sports a new 14 megapixel sensor, faster 15fps burst shooting with continuous focusing, and improved Best Moment Capture and Motion Snapshot Modes. Read the World's first Nikon 1 V2 review to find out if this new mirrorless model can capture the attention of the more discerning photographer...

Olympus E-PL5

The Olympus E-PL5 is a new compact system camera that offers a lot more than first meets the eye. Also known as the PEN Lite, the EPL5 has exactly the same image sensor and processing engine as the flagship OM-D E-M5. It also boasts the World's fastest autofocus system, a 3 inch tilting LCD display, full 1080p HD movies, and an extensive range of creative filters. Read our in-depth Olympus E-PL5 review to find out if it's a true bargain or not...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 is an exciting new compact system camera aimed firmly at keen photographers. With a built-in tilting electronic viewfinder, 16 megapixel sensor, 3 inch tilting LCD touchscreen, pop-up flash, 60/50p high-definition video, integrated wi-fi and NFC connectivity, both lens and in-body image stabilization, and a stylish design, is the GX7 the ultimate interchangeable lens camera? Read our expert Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 review to find out....

Panasonic Lumix G6

The Panasonic Lumix G6 is a new compact system camera that offers a lot of bang for your buck. Standout features of the Panasonic G6 include a 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor, capacitive touchscreen control system, OLED viewfinder, wi-fi and NFC connectivity, fast auto-focus system, 1080p AVCHD movies with stereo sound, 7fps burst shooting and an extensive range of creative effects. Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 review now to find out if it can take on its DSLR and CSC rivals...

Panasonic Lumix GF6

The Panasonic Lumix GF6 is a new entry-level compact system camera that offers a lot of cutting-edge features for not a lot of money. The diminutive GF6 has a tilting LCD screen, built-in wireless and NFC connectivity, fast 0.09 second auto-focusing, a 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, 1080i HD video, and a touchscreen interface. Read our Panasonic Lumix GF6 review, complete with full-size JPEG and RAW sample images...

Pentax Q10

The new Pentax Q10 is a brand new interchangeable lens camera that's as small as a compact yet as full-featured as a DSLR. Read our Pentax Q10 review to find out if this tiny camera is a realistic alternative to a high-end compact or a budget DSLR...

Pentax Q7

The new Pentax Q7 is the smallest compact system camera on the market. Offering a new 1/1.7"-type back-illuminated CMOS sensor, improved low-light auto focus and an upgraded Shake Reduction mechanism, can the Q7 compete with its bigger rivals? Read our Pentax Q7 review to find out...

Samsung NX2000

The Samsung NX2000 is a new entry-level compact system camera with a lot of bells and whistles. Featuring a 20 megapixel APS-C sensor, full 1080p video, ISO 100-25,600, a 3.7-inch touchscreen, 8.6fps continuous shooting and Wi-fi / NFC connectivity, is this the best budget mirrorless camera? Read our Samsung NX2000 review to find out...

Sony NEX-6

The NEX-6 is the latest compact system camera from Sony, slotting in between the mid-level NEX-5R and the top-of-the range NEX-7. With a 16 megapixel APS HD CMOS sensor, 1080p HD movies, high-res 3 inch OLED screen and built-in flash, the Sony NEX-6 also features 10fps burst shooting, wi-fi connectivity and downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps. Read our full Sony NEX-6 review, complete with sample JPEGs, RAW files, and movies, to find out if it's the best Sony NEX camera yet...

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 from around the web. »

The Panasonic GM1 starts a new line for the company, bringing the total up to five now. There's G, GF, GX, GH and now GM. The GM1, being the smallest, lightest and cheapest available is primarily aimed at beginner photographers, especially those who might be stepping up from a compact camera.
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The Panasonic Lumix GM1 is the smallest Micro Four Thirds camera available. It has an ultra-compact magnesium alloy body that weighs only 204g and measures just 98.5 x 54.9 x 30.4mm. In order to give the smallest camera possible, it is introduced with a new, ultra-compact 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 Mega OIS lens, specifically designed for the GM1.
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One glance at the Panasonic Lumix GM1 and you’ll assume it’s a compact camera. Well, it is compact by size - that much is clear - but as it’s got an interchangeable lens system as is part of the Micro Four Thirds family it, therefore, falls into the compact system camera (CSC) category. The very fact you can swap the lenses out for others makes it oh so much more than a compact camera.
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Not to be outshone by its rivals, Panasonic seem to have their finger on the pulse when it comes to imaginative designs and the recent release of the Panasonic Lumix GM1 is a classic example. With a body size that's not dissimilar to that of a pack of cards, Panasonic have yet again demonstrated what is possible in terms of the technology that can be squeezed inside a tiny space.
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Lumix G compact system cameras (CSCs) have an impressive track record in our reviews, but it's mostly been for all-round dependable quality rather than alluring or groundbreaking features. The Panasonic GX7 gave us a taste of something different with its luxurious appearance and feature-packed specs, but it's the GM1 that looks set to really shake things up.
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TYPE Type Digital Single Lens Mirrorless 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
Total pixels 16.84 Megapixels
Camera effective pixels 16.00 Megapixels
Color filter Primary color 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 (When attaching 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] 4592x3064(L) / 3232x2160(M) / 2272x1520(S) / 1824x1216(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard) [16:9] 4592x2584(L) / 3232x1824(M) / 1920x1080(S) / 1824x1024(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard) [1:1] 3424x3424(L) / 2416x2416(M) / 1712x1712(S) / 1712x1712(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard)
Motion Image*1 (MP4*2 : NTSC area) [Full HD]1920×1080, 30fps (sensor output is 30p, 20Mbps) [HD]1280x720, 30fps (sensor output is 30p, 10Mbps) [VGA] 640x480, 30fps (sensor output is 30p, 4Mbps)
Motion Image*1 (MP4*2 : PAL area) [Full HD] 1920×1080, 25fps (sensor output is 25p, 20Mbps) [HD] 1280x720, 25fps (sensor output is 25p, 10Mbps) [VGA] 640x480, 25fps (sensor output is 25p, 4Mbps)
Motion Image*1 (AVCHD*3 : NTSC area) [Full HD] 1920×1080, 60i (sensor output is 60p, 17Mbps) [Full HD] 1920×1080, 60i (sensor output is 30p, 24Mbps) [Full HD] 1920×1080, 24p (sensor output is 24p, 24Mbps) [HD] 1280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 60p, 17Mbps)
Motion Image*1 (AVCHD*3 : PAL area) [Full HD] 1920×1080, 50i (sensor output is 50p, 17Mbps) [Full HD] 1920×1080, 50i (sensor output is 25p, 24Mbps) [Full HD] 1920×1080, 24p (sensor output is 24p, 24Mbps) [HD] 1280 x 720, 50p (sensor output is 50p, 17Mbps)
Continuous recordable time (Motion images) AVCHD : Approx. 80 min with H-FS12032 AVCHD : Approx. 80 min with H-H020A
Actual recordable time (Motion images) AVCHD : Approx. 40 min with H-FS12032 AVCHD : Approx. 40 min with H-H020A
Flicker reduction [1/50] / [1/60] / [1/100] / [1/120] / OFF
WiFi FUNCTION WiFi IEEE 802.11b/g/n, 2412MHz - 2462MHz (11ch), Wi-Fi / WPA / WPA2, Infrastructure mode
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
AF detective range EV -4 - 18 (ISO100 equivalent)
AF assist lamp YES
AF lock Set the Fn button in custom menu to AF lock
Others Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), AF+MF, Touch AF/AE Function, Touch Shutter, MF Assist, Touch MF Assist, One Shot AF
EXPOSURE CONTROL Light metering system 1728-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Light metering mode 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,
ISO sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto / Intelligent ISO / 125 (Extended) / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / 25600 (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 1EV Step, Max.±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 Electronically-controll focal-plane shutter/ Electronic shutter
Shutter speed Still Images: 60 ~ 1/16,000 Motion image: 1/30 ~ 1/16000 (NTSC), 1/25 ~ 1/16000 (PAL)
Self timer 3 images after 10sec / 2sec / 10sec
SCENE GUIDE Still image Clear Portrait / Silky Skin / Backlit Softness / Relaxing Tone / Sweet Child's Face / Distinct Scenery / Bright Blue Sky / Romantic Sunset Glow / Vivid Sunset Glow / Glistening Water / Clear Nightscape / Cool Night Sky / Warm Glowing Nightscape / Artistic Nightscape / Glittering Illuminations / Handheld Night Shot / Clear Night Portrait / Soft Image of a Flower / Appetizing Food / Cute Dessert / Freeze Animal Motion / Clear Sports Shot / Monochrome
Video Clear Portrait / Silky Skin / Backlit Softness / Relaxing Tone / Sweet Child's Face / Distinct Scenery / Bright Blue Sky / Romantic Sunset Glow / Vivid Sunset Glow / Clear Nightscape / Cool Night Sky / Warm Glowing Nightscape / Artistic Nightscape / Handheld Night Shot / Clear Night Portrait / Appetizing Food / Cute Dessert / Freeze Animal Motion / Clear Sports Shot / Monochrome
BURST SHOOTING Burst speed Mechanical Shutter - H: 5.0 frames/sec(with AFS), 4.0 frames/sec(with AFC, In 1-area-focusing AF mode), M: 4.0 frames/sec with Live View, L: 2.0 frames/sec with Live View Electronic Shutter - SH: 40.0 frames/sec, H: 10.0 frames/sec, M: 4.0 frames/sec with Live View, L: 2.0 frames/sec with Live View
Number of recordable images 7 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, GN5.6 equivalent (ISO 200・m) , GN4.0 equivalent (ISO 100・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 (* for iA, iA+ only)
Synchronization speed Less than 1/50 second
Flash synchronization 1st. Curtain Sync, 2nd. Curtain Sync
LCD MONITOR Type TFT LCD with Touch panel
Monitor size 3.0inch / 3:2 Aspect / Wide-viewing angle
Pixels 1,036K dots
Filed of view Approx. 100%
Monitor adjustment Brightness, Contrast and Saturation, Red tint, Blue tint
LIVE VIEW Digital zoom 2x, 4x
Extra Tele Conversion Still image: Max.2.4x (Aspect ratio sets at 16:9. Not effective with L size recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels and aspect ratio.) Motion image: 2.4x (FHD/60i, FHD/30p, FHD/24p in NTSC area / FHD/50i, FHD/25p, FHD/24p in PAL area), 3.6x (HD/60p, HD/30p in NTSC area / HD/50p, HD/25p in PAL area), 4.8x (VGA/30p in NTSC area / VGA/25p in PAL area)
Other functions Guide Lines (3 patterns) Real-time Histogram
LEVEL GAUGE Level Gauge Yes
DIRECTION DETECTION FUNCTION Direction Detection Function Yes
FUNCTION BUTTON Fn1, Fn2, Fn3, Fn4, Fn5, Fn6 WiFi / AF/AE LOCK / AF-ON / One Push AE / Touch AE / Preview / Level Gauge / Zoom Control / Photo Style / Aspect Ratio / Picture Size / Quality / Sensitivity / Metering Mode / i.Dynamic / i.Resolution / HDR / Shutter Type / Flash Mode / Flash Adjust / Ex. Tele Conv. / Digital Zoom / Stabilizer / Restore to Default / Motion Pic. Set / Picture Mode / Silent Mode / AFS/AFF / Peaking / Histogram / Guide Line / Rec Area / Step Zoom / Zoom Speed
CREATIVE CONTROL Still image Expressive / Retro / Old Days / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / Monochrome / Dynamic Monochrome / Rough Monochrome / Silky Monochrome / Impressive Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Toy Pop / Bleach Bypass / Miniature Effect / Soft Focus / Fantasy / Star Filter / One Point Color / Sunshine
Video Expressive / Retro / Old Days / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / Monochrome / Dynamic Monochrome / Impressive Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Toy POP / Bleach Bypass / Miniature Effect / Fantasy / One Point Color
CREATIVE VIDEO MODE Exposure Mode Program AE/ Aperture-Priority / Sutter-Priority / Manual Exposure
PHOTO STYLE Still image and Video Standard / Vivid / Natural / Monochrome / Scenery / Portrait / Custom
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, Location Logging, Clear Retouch, Text Stamp, Video Divide, Stop Motion Video, Time Lapse Video, Resize, Cropping, Rotate, Favorite, Print set, Protect, Face Recognition Edit, Highlight display
IMAGE PROTECTION / ERASE Protection Single / Multi, Cancel
Erase Single / Multi / All / Except Favorite
PRINT Direct Print PictBridge compatible
INTERFACE USB USB 2.0 High Speed Multi
HDMI microHDMI TypeD Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p (576p in PAL system) Audio: Stereo
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.
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Monaural
LANGUAGE OSD language Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
GENERAL POWER Battery Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V/680mAh/4.9Wh) (Included) Battery Charger
Battery life (CIPA standard) Approx. 220 images with H-H020A Approx. 230 images with H-FS12032
DIMENSIONS / WEIGHT Dimensions (W x H x D) (CIPA standard) 98.5 x 54.9 x 30.4 mm / 3.88 x 2.16 x 1.20 inch (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 204g / 0.45 lb (SD card, Battery, Body) Approx. 173g / 0.38 lb (Body only) Approx. 274g / 0.60 lb (SD card, Battery, H-FS12032 lens included Approx. 291g / 0.64 lb (SD card, Battery, H-H020A lens included Approx. 361g / 0.80 lb (SD card, Battery, H-FS12032 + H-H020A lenses included)
OPERATING ENVIRONMENT Operating temperature 0℃ to 40℃ (32°F to 104°F)
Operating humidity 10% RH to 80% RH
STANDARD ACCESSORIES Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.2 AE (Windows XP/Vista/7/8) SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 4.1 SE (Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Mac OS X v10.5/v10.6/v10.7/v10.8) LoiLoScope (trial version) (Windows XP/Vista/7/8)
Standard accessories Battery pack, Battery Charger, USB Connection Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM, AC Cable, External Hand Grip * External Hand Grip is not included for DMC-GM1K kit. Lens Cap, Lens Rear Cap * Lens Rear Cap is not included for DMC-GM1K kit.
Lens Construction 8 elements in 7 groups (3 aspherical lenses, 1 ED lens)
Nano Surface Coating -
Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
Optical Image Stabilizer Yes (MEGA O.I.S.)
Focal Length f=12-32mm (35mm camera equivalent 24-64mm)
Aperture Type 7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
Maximum Aperture F3.5(Wide) - F5.6(Tele)
Minimum Aperture F22
Closest Focusing Distance 0.20m/0.66ft (at focal lenghts 12-20mm) / 0.30m/0.98ft (at focal lenghts 21-32mm)
Maximum magnification Approx. 0.13x / 0.26x (35mm camera equivalent)
Diagonal Angle of View 84°(Wide) to 37°(TELE)
General Filter Size 37mm / 1.5in
Max. Diameter φ55.5mm / 2.2in
Overall Length Approx. 24mm / 0.94in (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount)
Weight [g] Approx. 70g (excluding lens cap, lens rear cap )
Weight [oz] Approx. 2.47oz (excluding lens cap, lens rear cap )
NOTE *1 Use a card with SD Speed Class with "Class4" or higher *2 Motion images can be recorded continuously for up to 29 min 59 sec. *3 Motion images can be recorded continuously for up to 29 min 59 sec (in Europe and some Asian areas.)

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