pumeco: Does this camera have manual video mode?
Forgive me for asking, but as usual, DPReview have given no consideration to users of video during a preview.
The days of "stills" cameras being the domain of stills only shooters, have long gone. It's about time features such as manual video mode were detailed as being available or not. Please consider the video users in your preview and reviews.
Please also consider adding a "Manual Video Mode" section to the specification list of all cameras and putting a YES or NO next to it. I'm sick and tired of waiting for a full review only to have my dreams smashed when I discover they have crippled the camera with a "Made for Idiots" automatic mode.
This is my ideal camera if it provides manual video mode, but if it doesn't, I'll be avoiding it in the same way I avoid every other camera that treats me like an idiot. Canon are superb with the video implementation on their DSLR's, so hopefully it has filtered down to this little beauty.
Thanks pumeco -- couldn't agree more. For videographers, this is critical. And also requires some thought as to what exactly a "Manual Video Mode" means. A Panasonic LX5, for example, is surprising for a P&S: it allows the user to set the shutter speed (that's the main thing) and adjust the aperture but then messes things up by making the minimum ISO 400! So you can't shoot outdoors in any significant light at the desired shutter speeds of 1/50 or 1/60. Of course a P&S isn't going to have ND filters, so you'd have to add a variable ND -- which might be overkill. Still, I'd generally include the LX5 in the "Manual Video Mode" category.
But with the Panasonic GF1 you have to defeat the auto settings for video by shooting shutter-priority (to prevent the camera from changing it behind your back), then setting the ISO (as low as possible), and using the AE-lock button (to prevent exposure hunting). It works, but it's convoluted. So, no, it would not "Manual Video."